Technology is changing the way classrooms operate and students learn at an incredible rate. The benefits of educational technology are clear. Technology can provide students with individualized learning platforms and instant feedback and assessment. It also allows teachers to more easily identify and address individual student needs.
The highest performing countries in educational achievement -- Finland, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea -- have all make extensive teacher training a priority. Again, this illustrates the strong, positive relationship between well-executed teacher training and high-level student learning.
The need for professional development extends beyond simply helping teachers become familiar with the basics of the technology. It requires an ongoing program to support, encourage and inspire teachers to explore the possibilities of technology while providing the necessary resources to transition to digital curriculum.
Highly skilled teachers are one of the single most important influences on student success. Class size and other salient variables do not impact students’ learning trajectories as much as the quality of their teachers. In addition, teacher-based influences impact students’ performances throughout a significant span of their school careers. Teachers facilitate the process whereby students cultivate habits of mind and knowledge schemes that are prerequisites for success, meaningful contributions and prosperity in an open, technological world. This makes effective teacher training of paramount importance in the cultivation of an educated citizenry within this country.
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