Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Times, they are changing

“Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau
Professional development today is ever-changing. The fluid, multimedia environment for teaching and learning TODAY requires new(er) technologies. We have evolved, we have changed, and we have adapted – and we continue to change. Change is a necessity. The faculty here today, like those who have come before, teach differently. Technology has been a catalyst for the changes in teaching pedagogy and strategies. One of our goals is to help them achieve their dreams and in turn the goals of their students.

New perspectives are fostered through change, through innovation. As our students change, so must we also change. Professional development is changing also. Providing focused technological workshops on Web 2.0 tools, Twitter, Delicious, Shareaholic, Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, and Films on Demand and portable MP3 players, technologically enhanced or “SMART” classrooms has introduced new and different technological tools for teaching and learning. Immediate immersion into technology has provided many participants real world examples that can be quickly replicated in their classrooms.

From Netbooks to tablet pcs, to e-book readers, to pocket high definition video cameras – the technological spectrum is changing and professional development has changed also. We evaluate new and emerging technologies for teaching and learning. Faculty have the opportunity to explore technology and pedagogy.

We know where we started. We keep one eye on the present and one eye on the future.

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

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