1. Totally agree George. You have heard the adage that an iPad is nothing more than a shiny #2 pencil when it comes without training. It becomes much more when digital literacies are applied liberally. However, the necessary PD that accompanies new hardware just doubled the total cost of ownership. Invest in people and the structures that enable ubitquitous connection – that is money well spent.

  2. I totally agree that our first and primary investment in education should always be in people. Yet, I wonder about the value of much professional development. What if instead of professional development, we instead spoke of professional learning? What if professional learning were job embedded, with options for faculty to set their own learning goals and choose their own methods, approaches, and supports to pursue those personalized goals? What if teachers learned with each other, rather than from “experts”? What if school cultures were shaped to support and celebrate professional learning in meaningful ways? Paradoxically, in more financially trying times with less money for conferences and consultants, we’ve found ways to learn more by relying on each other.

  3. I never really thought about this that way. But you hit the nail on the head. Teachers do make a bigger impact on student achievement than an iPad. Technologies are amazing and can increase teacher effectiveness, but you are back to the point you were getting across. If teachers do not receive good professional development in the integration of technology, than they won’t use it effectively.

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