In considering how technology can impact learning, schools need to identify the needs of teachers and to plan professional development activities which meet these needs. Planning for strategic whole-school PD is important, but even more impact will be achieved by planning a wide range of professional development opportunities that meet individual teachers’ needs. Coaching and mentoring have been found to be particularly beneficial in supporting teachers’ professional growth, as has the participation in professional learning communities (both local and global) that are exploring how technology can improve student learning. Even more impact on student learning has been demonstrated when school leaders participate in such learning communities.
Individual professional growth is important, however the sharing of effective practice will amplify the effect on student learning as it will lead to a wider adoption of effective practices both within and beyond a school.