SOURCE: Cumulus Global

Cumulus Global

February 22, 2016 13:22 ET

Study Shows Technology Professional Development for K-12 Educators Is Often Ineffective

Cumulus Global Survey Results on the State of Technology Professional Development in K-12 Education

WESTBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwired - February 22, 2016) - A January 2016 survey finds that 48% of K-12 classroom educators feel that technology professional development is not timely for use in the classroom and nearly 60% of educators feel they need more professional development focused on integrating devices, apps, and online content into lesson plans and delivery. The study, conducted by Boston-area based Cumulus Global, a national cloud service provider serving K-12 education, found that while most districts are offering more technology professional development, the timeliness, focus, delivery methods, and overall effectiveness of these programs is not meeting the needs of many K-12 classroom educators.

"As the use of technology in K-12 classrooms continues to expand, educators face new challenges," stated Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon. "More than devices, educators are using new applications, tools, and online content. Teachers need to be capable and comfortable managing all of this tech in the classroom, as well as integrate these resources into their lesson plans."

In its white paper, The State of Technology Professional Development in K-12 Education, Cumulus Global publishes the preliminary analysis of survey results from nearly 300 K-12 classroom educators participating in the 2016 Future of Education Technology Conference held in Orlando, Florida in January. The initial analysis of survey results indicates a need for more balance in the focus of Tech PD programs, as 68% want more training on using applications and tools for lesson planning, collaboration with peers, and other activities. The survey also indicates that some of the most common formats for Tech PD are not the most effective.

"Classroom educators are on the forefront of the educational technology revolution," notes Falcon. "By understanding how well, or poorly, our current Tech PD efforts are helping educators, we can design and delivery better training and support services."

The State of Technology Professional Development in K-12 Education is available in the Resource section of Cumulus Global's K-12 focused website at www.CumulusGlobalEducation.com.

About Cumulus Global

At Cumulus Global (www.cumulusglobal.com, www.cumulusglobaleducation.com), we measure our success by our customers' results. As a Cloud Solutions Provider, we help small and mid-size businesses, nonprofits, governments, and educational institutions move from in-house systems to cloud computing solutions. Partnering with both Google and Microsoft -- and more than 3 dozen cloud services -- we focus on customers' goals, objectives, needs, and priorities and bring forward the best solution.

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