Professional Development Key to Success
Key to delivering a modern, fit-for-purpose education system is professional development for both educators and school #administrators. No subject or topic is in itself boring. Not one. Making the subject authentic or real to the learner requires skills and experience of the educator, and this in turn will demand the use of technology to better bring that topic to life. A chalk drawing on a #chalkboard is never going to compete with a video produced by National Geographic. No prototype made in balsa wood can compete with a 3D printer object. Educators need many more skills than ever before to bring learning to life, and as someone once said, life to learning. As both students and #governments demand more from educators, we must give them the tools to do the job. #Teachers need a network of support and resources through access to online communities. Without management support, educators will not be able to develop new skills and keep pace with the needs of a modern education system.
I believe that as learners get older the balance between physical education and virtual education changes. The younger learner needs an educator that helps develop social skills as well as knowledge. The older learner needs support in developing his/her niche and understanding how to become economically and socially active in the world. Unless we can deliver both we will see a continuation of student disengagement. I continue to believe in schools.
About the Author
Jim Wynn is Chief Education Officer at Promethean and is responsible for the company’s education strategy. Jim has been head teacher of two secondary schools in the UK, in which he pioneered the use of ICT.