Introducing technology into a classroom can be a challenge. Teachers may be reluctant to change the lesson plans they’ve developed over the years or outright fear that a device would inhibit their ability to deliver solid instruction. Some teachers just don’t believe in it – period. That’s why in the “Teaching the Teacher” session at this year’s Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC), Taylor Bell, senior instructional technologist, Maryville University of St. Louis, suggested schools take a different approach. Lead, she encouraged, with professional development.
Not only does Maryville have the country’s largest 1-to-1 iPad program in private higher education as a part of their Digital World initiative, but the university also made a concerted effort to build a robust professional development program to support it. Bell said the school increased their professional development budget by about $400,000 in order to pay faculty and staff to attend two weeks of trainings (which were added to their contracts). Read More
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