In education, we understand the value of centering everything we do around our students. We begin with them, who they are, and what they bring to the table. How many times do we find ourselves in professional development opportunities that lack teacher-centeredness? This is particularly critical in teaching how to increase technological skills as we come to the table with diverse experiences, areas of expertise, and comfort levels. So many PD presentations are set up where the presenter talks at you instead of with you and you are left with things you may never use in your actual classroom. A PD opportunity that is teacher-centered is a much more valuable resource.
Online courses that are teacher-centered encourage collaboration, connecting with others, and provide opportunities to make assignments relevant to what you teach. Retention rates increase as we engage in participatory, rather than passive, teaching methods. Participatory methods include things like group discussion, practicing new skills, and teaching the concepts to others. Effective online professional development incorporates all three of these components.
iTeach Professional Learning courses are very collaborative and include group discussions as well as peer feedback on specific assignments. In addition, you have many opportunities to practice the skills you are developing as you engage in a variety of assignments that help you express your understanding in new ways. What is more, you have the opportunity to teach others. In our courses, we equip you with the tools and resources necessary to create a presentation that you can share with your class, your colleagues, or your administration. The professional development opportunity does not end with you. Our courses are a prime example of effective online professional development.
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