New Year's Resolutions and Classroom Technology

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Or... How will you enhance integration in 2013?

Teachers want to more effectively integrate classroom technology. The question is how to achieve that goal, that “resolution.”

Teaching is an individual art. Over the past few years, professional learning communities and vertical teaming has improved collaboration. But in the end, an individual teacher faces a room full of students–real or virtual. The pressure to maximize the effectiveness of today, tomorrow, and next week leaves teachers little time to think about, much less plan, a more technology-rich approach to their coursework.

Traditionally, formal professional development has answered this challenge. But these types of training activities are often related to larger initiatives at the school or district level, not aligned to a teacher’s individual curriculum needs. We set out to help solve that problem when we designed online professional development courses for SAS® Curriculum Pathways®.

All three online courses are provided at no-cost and are asynchronous–teachers can work on course materials at their own pace, when time allows. The coursework directly engages teachers with curriculum materials in their own discipline, providing outcomes that they can use almost immediately in their own classrooms. Finally, SAS provides course documentation that teachers can submit to earn continuing education or renewal credits. This individualized approach maximizes the value of the time teachers commit. Over the past few years, hundreds of teachers have enrolled in these courses.

So if you have resolved to follow through on technology integration this year, SAS Curriculum Pathways online professional development might be just the venue you have been seeking.

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Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore coordinates and conducts professional development for SAS® Curriculum Pathways®. He works with schools and organizations around the country and has presented at conferences for organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A former army officer and social studies teacher, he spent 10 years on the SAS® Curriculum Pathways® humanities team creating new digital curriculum products.

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