Schools are beginning to utilize an excellent teaching resource when designing their technology professional development program … their students! And why not? Students are generally tech savvy and often know more about information and communication technology than their teachers. Most students I know would jump at the opportunity to turn the tables and share their expertise with their students.
In an Edutopia article called Turning the Tables: Students Teach Teachers by Sara Armstrong, students in Olympia, Washington provide structured technology professional development workshops for their teachers. The program is a huge success. The teachers learn some excellent software skills, while the students feel empowered and appreciated for their knowledge. I can’t imagine such a professional development program would cost anything to the school district. It’s a win/win situation. I would love to see more school districts tapping into this excellent resource. Please share some success stories here if you have worked in a school district with a similar program.