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The problem with this method of teacher development, particularly on the use of technologies in the classroom, is that it is often limited to learning from teachers within a school or school district. There simply are not that many opportunities for teachers to observe other talented teachers in action. Even in their own school, time considerations and conflicting schedules hamper learning. Furthermore, while some schools have teachers who do outstanding work with technologies, other schools lack role models in this area for teachers to observe to learn better ways to use technologies in the classroom.

As Sally Bowman Alden, Executive Director of the Computer Learning Foundation, stated, "No longer do we have the problem of turning educators on to using technologies. Teachers and school administrators are eager to move forward in their use of computers in their classrooms. Now the challenge is finding the time and most efficient methods for showing teachers how to make the best use of the equipment they have in their classrooms." Handy how-to technology brochures like those from Children's Software Press and resource materials like those the Computer Learning Foundation offers are great. However, they will never replace the power of seeing another educator in action or observing something visually step-by-step. Teachers are like their students. If they read something or hear something, they may get part of it, but if they see it and experience it, we increase the chances that they will master it and expand upon it.


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