Interesting research was conducted by Coleen Moore-Hayes at Cape Breton University (see link under articles). She found that teachers with a positive self-efficacy about technology were more likely to integrate technology into the curriculum. Teachers need more than access to technology. They need training on the technology itself. That makes absolute sense to me. I do consider myself rather tech savy, and I like to explore new websites that I can use with my students. But before I even introduce the site to my students, I at least play around with the site to get a feel for it. I do this way before I ever consider ways I could use it in the curriculum. Most teachers in the survey wanted to learn more. So if we agree that more technology is needed in our schools and that students should be using technology throughout their coursework, then the question is how do we get our teachers trained so their self-efficacy raises? Simply putting technology in the classroom or in the hands of the teachers and students is not enough. Even if the teacher’s job will change from leader to facilitator, they will still need training. It only makes sense.
My school district went to 1:1 technology this year. The teachers received training on implementing the publishers software. Most teachers now feel comfortable having students read text online and watching the publishers short videos of weekly skills. Is this truly integration? I think not. Do many teachers want to do more? Absolutely. But who is going to train them? What kind of time is allowed for the training? Those are just some of the questions that need to be answered as we move forward in this new age of learning.