Part 2: Personalization
We often discuss personalizing the learning experience for students, but traditional professional development typically fails to personalize professional development for our educators. Honestly, if you aren’t differentiating technology PD at scale for all your teachers, it’s a problem.
Teachers have told us countless times that a “one-size fits all” approach to technology training just doesn’t work, and research has revealed this issue repeatedly when it comes to traditional PD offerings. If we train all teachers, leaders, and staff on the same content and in the same manner, we are marginalizing the majority of our adult learners and losing their interest from the very start, leading to failed technology adoption.
If we want teacher buy-in, as discussed in our previous blog post, it is crucial that we provide differentiated learning experiences for teachers, just as we strive to do for our students. So how do you effectively offer targeted technology PD based on varying proficiency levels? We can share how we tackle the PD buy-in hurdle by personalizing the learning experience for our schools.
First, every single MobileMind micro-course is differentiated between beginner, intermediate and
advanced. Most of the time teachers will fall into one of these three groups. So, it is very easy for a teacher to start learning based on their relative knowledge of a Google tool. Educators have the ability to rate their skill levels across Google tools, and their micro-course library will be tailored to meet their needs.
Additionally, we have certification pathways that are also segmented based on proficiency. For example, a brand new user to Google may need to complete some early foundational elements before they even think about things like Google Certification levels. They could start with our G Suite Basics track. You may also have a veteran Google user wishing to earn Google Educator certification - or even Google Trainer certification. We can help with that as well! We empower educators to choose their own learning pathways based on their knowledge and skills, as well as their professional goals.
Finally, we even offer micro-courses specific to leaders and staff. It’s great for an instructional leader to know what to look for in the classroom, for instance, but how can leaders leverage Google tools to improve school culture and productivity? We’ve got you covered there, too!
Stay tuned for our next post where we’ll discuss the challenge of sustainability.