Some 93 percent of teachers believe that technology has a positive effect on student engagement. But 46 percent of teachers say they lack the training needed to use technology effectively with students.
To address teacher training needs, district CIOs first need to learn teachers’ specific concerns, Fletcher says. Some teachers lack confidence in their own technology skills, while others are uncomfortable with the instructional change that teaching with devices brings.
Training is more than showing teachers how to operate an iPad—in many cases, implementing technology requires a change in classroom structure.
“Sometimes teachers who are used to teaching in front of a class and guiding students through one instructional activity are uncomfortable relinquishing that format,” he says. “It’s important to teachers to recognize up front that there is a shift in mindset that has to occur to get the learning benefits.”