By Katrina Schwartz |
With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there’s a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-training and what they’re actually learning in school.
A new Project Tomorrow report surveying principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools. At the same time, the report concludes that those who have the biggest influence on new teachers — veteran educators — don’t always embrace new ways of using technology to engage students.
Aspiring teachers may need to look beyond the basic training received in a school of education. A new teacher who knows how to learn with technology should be able to leverage that understanding into teaching skills… especially if they are self-directed learners.