Logging on to Staff Development

Bush, Gloria
June 2005
T H E Journal;Jun2005, Vol. 32 Issue 11, p14
This article focuses on the introduction of an online professional development in the Mobile County Public School System in Alabama to enhance the knowledge of teachers in using educational technology. The value of integrating technology into class curriculum is emphasized in Title II-D of the No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for the combining of technology resources and systems with educator training and curriculum development to fulfill the goal of enhancing learning and increasing student achievement. The Alabama Department of Education awarded the school district in 2003 with $441,293 via an Enhancing Education Through Technology federal grant. The grant proposal was based on benchmarks located in the technology plan of the district. Those benchmarks were based on the goals cited in the state's Indicators for Measuring Progress in Advancing Classroom Technology plan. The goals are: encourage learning that is relevant and authentic through the use of technology; align technology with local, state, and national content standards and curricula to enhance learning and enrich teaching; provide professional development that enables staff to become and remain proficient in the use of technology to improve learning; cultivate lifelong learning communities in which the tools of technology support knowledge; give every learner the technological tools to access and process information; and fund technical support, maintenance, and emerging technologies to improve learning.


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