Using it in the classroom
This is a quote from George Siemen's blog and sums up very well some issues I've been having with the tool-centred approach of a lot of eLearning 2.0 training.
"A new survey of teachers and their use of technology suggests there is a clear correlation between hours spent in professional development, classroom integration of technology, and improved student performance. "
I don't imagine this is a shock to anyone. Competence and confidence determines action. Professional development for educators needs to be on at least two levels: how to use technology tools (LMS, blogs, wikis, podcasts) and how to alter the instructional environment to reflect the new affordances created by the tools. I'm concerned that the second component will be overlooked in our efforts to teach individuals how to use the tools.
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