The Impact of Professional Development on Teachers' Use of Technology in an Urban High School

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Teachers are required to be computer literate in order to equip their students with the technology tools to compete in the 21st century global environment. It is important that their students are college and career ready upon completion of high school. Some teachers encounter difficulty in integrating technology because they are not comfortable using it to deliver instruction and may not want to take the risk of appearing inept in front of students. The purpose of this study is to determine whether professional development training in technology will increase teachers' comfort level with classroom integration. This paper will present reasons for some teachers' hesitancy, such as conceptions or perceived beliefs regarding technology, and the types of professional workshops offered by the district to address and remedy the situation. When limitations are recognized and professional training development is provided, teachers’ beliefs about the value of technology integration will change. In order to ease the transition to 21st century technology usage in classrooms, states, stakeholders, and districts must find a way to incorporate and promote effective professional development training.

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