Albemarle Teachers "Tech Up" at Summer Development Workshops
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
School is out, but Albemarle County teachers are still heading to class this summer. They are "rebooting," learning new technologies to use in their classrooms next year.
For the next two weeks about 800 teachers will be attending professional development workshops to get caught up or refreshed on the latest technology.
"We're calling this rebootED, as we're trying to kind of get a restart on education and make sure that what our kids are experiencing in schools is more contemporary. So looking at how do we help teachers develop the skill set and the mindset to make that happen,” said Becky Fisher, director of professional development for Albemarle County Public Schools.
"I'm learning about screen-casting, and I haven't used any of that in the past but I would really like to try some of that out this year,” said Jill Williams, who has been teaching for 25 years.
Of course change can be difficult, but one instructor believes in these educators.
"I think that Albemarle County teachers are really people with tons of energy and willing to try new things and when we give people the opportunity and the time to test out new technologies and new ways of thinking about learning, they just jump at it,” said Diane Harding, a rebootED Instructor.
Williams believes that working with new technology is much more than just playing with the latest bells and whistles.
"We're teaching behaviors, we're teaching digital citizenship as well, so it's not just embracing the new stuff because it's new; it's finding ways to use it wisely,” said Williams.
The program offers different sessions and courses available to teachers, and even has some online for those who couldn't make it in person.
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