For my ETEC 533 class, I am planning on writing a short essay analyzing some current research on the effect of technology training for teachers on student achievement. I’m interested in this because it combines two things I’m currently working on improving in my own professional practice, effective use of technology and leading professional development.
Here are some research links I’m planning on looking into in more detail:
- Recent Research on the Effects of Technology on Teaching and Learning
- What factors facilitate teacher skill, teacher morale, and perceived student learning in technology-using classrooms?
- New directions in the evaluation of the effectiveness of Educational Technology
- Does computer learning improve student achievement?
Most of these links approach the idea from the perspective that if using technology shows no improvement on student scores, then teaching teachers how to use it will not have an effect either. Assuming we can clarify that hurdle the next step is to show if there is a relationship between the amount of teacher training in a technology and its effectiveness in increasing student achievement.