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The Importance Of Technology In Education

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Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that it is extremely difficult for any one person to keep up with the latest developments. However, just like doctors or marketers, teachers are also expected to keep up with the latest research and technology that will result in the best possible outcomes. It is much easier for educators to do this if they have a social community, with whom they can exchange ideas, share experiences, and ask questions together. The first two ISTE Standards for Educators, “Learner” and “Leader,” encourage teachers to become life-long learners and leaders in their practice. Data patterns from the teacher survey show that there is room for improvement with these two standards at McNicholas High School.
When McNicholas teachers were asked if they have a Professional Learning Network (PLN) made up of people they have met online through social media, blogs, at conferences or other face to face events, 60% disclose that they do not. Additionally, 63% of teachers say they do not participate in local PLNs.
It is clear that teachers are not collaborating on a large scale with a PLN to learn new ways to implement technology as effectively as they might. However, they are not doing it on their own either. Evidence of this can be found given only 35% of teachers respond that they participate in technology panels or lead professional development. Along the same lines, only 53% of teachers feel they reflect on current educational research on a regular basis.
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