Digital Learning & Media
A University-School-Public Library Partnership
Keywords:school media, technology program, professional development, digital literacies
The University School (pseudonym) is a teacher training lab which provides real world learning experiences with research-based instruction for K-5 (ages 5-12) students. The two research questions were: In what ways does professional development centered on the NC Digital Learning Competencies for Educators influence teacher/staff/student knowledge of NCWiseOwl? In what ways does professional development centered on the NC Digital Learning Competencies for Educators influence essential digital literacy skills? The researcher conducted a survey in April 2021 of University School faculty and staff to define current levels of knowledge as a first step. Several themes immediately arose from the results of the focus group interviews which include intentional professional development, awareness of digital content offerings, adding to teacher toolkit, use of credible resources, self-reliance/weaning off support from non-classroom educators, and the after effects of COVID-19 pandemic/resistance to online learning.
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