A Fistful of Challenges for Ed Tech

Interesting read from David Nagel at THE Journal, via NSTA WebDigest.

A new report has identified key challenges for education technology in the coming five years. The biggest pain point cited by its authors? Digital illiteracy among teachers.

In the top slot in the list of challenges is digital literacy among teachers–in their training and in their ongoing professional development.

“The challenge is due to the fact that despite the widespread agreement on its importance, training in digital literacy skills and techniques is rare in teacher education and school district professional development programs,” the report said.

What’s more, when teachers do have access to technology-focused professional development, that development has focused largely on the ephemera of digital literacy—specific, transient technologies rather than technology concepts.


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