Preparing Educators for Technology Integration

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In today’s 21st-century classroom, it is crucial for educators to be proficient in using technology to be maximally effective.

For this to happen, state education agencies and technology officers need to be proactive, according to “Born in Another Time,” a recent report by National Association of State Boards of Education. The report provides concrete recommendations for K12 administrators to ensure educators are capable of using technology in the classroom:

• Develop a tech plan. Instead of treating technology as a separate subject, state education agencies should develop a technology plan, spreading the use of technology throughout the education system. State boards should ensure that teachers are experienced in technology use before being hired, the report recommends. For a teacher, this means incorporating technology and digital literacy into lesson plans. State education agencies should mandate core curriculum training. Teachers should be exposed to clinical experiences, such as lesson planning, where technology and online learning are incorporated in preparing lectures that are given through conference calling and video chat software, for example.