How does online teacher training platforms help teachers to develop professionally

“Learning how to use new technologies can be challenging, so it’s also helpful to first let students practice hands-on,” said Eric Hudson, director of learning and design at Global Online Academy, a non-profit organization that offers teacher training online courses. He suggested starting teaching with a tool or strategy and evolving as teachers get used to the new environment. 

Fortunately, effective professional development for teachers in general and online learning, in particular, comes with some general guidelines that shape the contours of success in both areas. These 5 tips will help you prepare to perfect your online learning strategy and help students succeed in this year’s classroom. The article will also show how online platforms can positively influence the professional development of teachers. Each teacher has a different teaching style, but he usually tries to adapt his approach to the learning needs of his students. Free and high-quality educational materials can be found on the Internet; however, the teacher must learn how to best meet the needs of his students. 

While some teachers are receptive and positive about the changes brought about by COVID-19, many others found it difficult to learn online, especially for those with limited connectivity or lack of basic technology tools to work with. For many educators, the transition from face-to-face learning to an online learning environment can be frustrating and frustrating; institutions need to explore ways to support the pedagogical transition from teacher-centered education to student-centered education (Baran & Correia, 2009). The shift to online learning requires higher education institutions to adjust their approach to both recruiting and supporting teacher development. 

Shifting the focus of professional development from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more teacher-centric approach will help encourage teachers to switch to online education (Baran, 2018). Using e-learning resources as a means of updating and improving teaching methods forces teachers to continuously improve their games, which in turn turns professional development into daily activities. The benefits of e-learning for teachers can help them save time and allow them to focus on personal development. Using various online resources for online learning can stimulate and develop teachers’ creative thinking. 

In primary schools, blended approaches to online learning allow teachers and students to access a wide range of modern teaching/learning tools and resources. Online learning solutions provide teachers with much-needed efficiency, enabling them to maximize the potential of individual learning curves and classroom learning styles. Many online learning solutions are self-paced and enable learners and teachers to work together to achieve planned goals. Online technology in general, and certain types of teacher training online development programs in particular, can help create a community that is so often lacking in teachers’ daily lives. 

In addition, teachers have assumed new responsibilities in the online environment, including cultivating teachers’ presence and connection with students (Baran, Correia, and Thompson, 2013). Teachers must master the latest teaching methods and technical knowledge to switch from face-to-face teaching to online classrooms. For teachers to successfully teach online, they need to know how to create and deliver engaging courses in this environment and ensure that students have the digital literacy skills to access these courses. When teaching online, educators should at least accept some guidance from them, and if possible, through online courses, so that they have a direct understanding of what distance learning is. 

Although many states and schools offer their training programs after hiring teachers, here are some additional training resources to help you become an online teacher. Experts say that teachers need weeks or even months to prepare and implement online courses. Before West Warwick Public School in Rhode Island switched to online learning, the district held more than 80 virtual training sessions during the spring break to familiarize teachers with online tools such as Google Meet and Flipgrid. 

They must also understand the ins and outs of effective video conferencing and use many other tools to interact with students through distance learning. Therefore, starting from the March 2020 pandemic, schools are scrambling to create, purchase, borrow, and provide online PD teachers. Many schools are fully connected to the Internet with little warning. Now that the pandemic continues to close businesses and schools, teachers are working hard to ensure that their school year is a success no matter how it looks. Content courses also need a new location, so these literacy and math courses will also be available online. As school districts continue to develop their PD products online-synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous formats-courses are becoming more and more differentiated based on the needs and skill levels of participants, better produced, and include more class teachers as lecturers. Since the launch of online PD for teachers, it is now accelerated by the pandemic. We have learned a lot about how schools can create successful online PD programs to meet the growing needs of teachers. 

Teachers can also use modern technology tools in their daily practice, not just as an occasional addition, and they can master a form of learning that is likely to reach millions of new students every year in the United States and abroad. Learning is a never-ending process for students and ordinary citizens, but for teachers, lifelong learning is only part of the job. 

They need to continually update their subject knowledge, behavior management techniques, new technologies, and developments such as social-emotional learning and culturally sensitive classes. For teacher training online learning programs to successfully prepare or update the knowledge and skills of teachers and learners, online instructors need careful professional development in the distance learning area they will teach. An effective way to address this problem is to develop professional development opportunities that allow online instructors to experience an online learning environment for the first time as students (Baran et al., 2013; Jackson, 2018; Sheffield, McSweeney and Panych, 2015). 

The above research shows that in the first few months of the pandemic, a large proportion of teachers had little education, so many teachers just copied what they did in face-to-face classrooms online, without considering that online learning requires different methods. The study found that only a quarter of teachers have received online training, and teachers who teach in the private sector have received the best training. The lack of access to educational opportunities in many regions of the world, coupled with the flexibility of online courses, the increase in online learning options (mainly due to MOOC-huge open online courses), and the ability to use smartphones and apps to complete homework. Make online professional It has developed into a particularly attractive medium for teachers. 

Enter the PD for online teachers (professional development). Some of us who work in district education technology departments have struggled for a long time to get the consent of teachers and administrators for our PD proposals, often due to conflicting priorities. It also became apparent that only teachers are currently receiving technical training; To be successful in attracting, expanding, and expanding student learning, teachers also need quality professional development that includes educational technology tools as defined in the Triple E Framework. 


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