Workplace and educational technology ecosystems are continuously expanding and evolving, so it is no longer sufficient to teach learners basic computer skills. Teachers and students alike need to be nimble, lifelong learners.
Teachers must be sure that learners can creatively use technology to solve problems they encounter in their daily lives. In order for teachers to provide ample opportunities for learners to do this, they themselves need strong foundational digital literacy skills and the capacity to creatively draw on them to craft meaningful instructional activities. Blended instructional models, which provide opportunity for both in-class and independent online learning, can be a powerful means by which to support a paradigm shift from teacher- to student-centered education when practitioners are trained in ways students can use technology to collaborate, solve problems, and communicate ideas, rather than being passive consumers of information.
The Program Support PD Center will support practitioners by providing information on user-friendly, free, and low-cost educational technology tools, as well as an understanding of the optimum conditions, audiences, purposes, and best practices for using them effectively.