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What are the qualities of a good educational technology trainer?

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Pedagogical application
Training is delivered about how the tools can be pedagogically applied.
 
The trainer must be an educator at least as much as a tech person. A trainer is there to help tea... more
by Drora
 
Using the bells and whistles just for the sake of being 'modern' or impressing students is a comm... more
by Brenda
 
I thinkg that we have to impress the sutdent, impressing student by showing them what is going on... more
by Joel A.
 
16

Harrry, Helen, Abdullahsaykili and 13 more

Delivers 'hands on' training
Trainees get an opportunity to try out the tools and activities and get experience of using them.
 
This is why I like doing full day workshops.
by Lee Green
1
 
I find when I do presentations that are not hands on I get tons of requests for step by step inst... more
 
I agree, but also providing instructions to help people after the training is beneficial to allow... more
by Lisa
3
14

Harry, Abdullah Saykili, Lisa and 11 more

Classroom activities
The trainer gives lots of examples of how technology can be used in the classroom
 
This is the whole reason we do the job! If the information we are sharing with teachers can not b... more
by Lee Green
1
 
I agree, to use technology in the classroom, because it helps the students to be more dynamic.
by Guillermo Gra.
3
14

Harry, Abdullahsaykili, Roger Prats and 11 more

Use the tools to teach the tools
The trainer actually uses the tools to deliver the training.
 
Would it not be critical to modeling of the activity or tool you are showing off?
 
I usually create my presentation using one of the tools in my presentation.
by Lisa
 
This way trainee teachers have the opportunity to observe and get hands-on with a good model of u... more
by Abdullahsaykili
11

Harry, Peter, Abdullahsaykili and 8 more

Application knowledge
The trainer has a wide knowledge of a range of edtech applications
10

Karolina Nedelkovska, BookChook, Faten Romdhani and 7 more

Paradigms
The trainer understands and uses a range of paradigms (e.g. blended learning, mlearning, online l... more
 
Including when non-tech methods may be superior at the present time in certain situations.
by Michael
2
8

Harry, Drora, Faten Romdhani and 5 more

The ability to explain how technology works using simple non-technical language.
by Greg
Sometimes, when explaining how things work, teachers use a lot of technical and often unfamiliar ... more
 
We have so many teachers that are tech-scared and have never even heard of a PLN for support and ... more
by Drora
1
6

Harry, Abdullahsaykili, Karolina Nedelkovska and 3 more

Patience
Very important when dealing with people who have varying computer skills.
 
As they say patience is a virtue. This is true when you have a group of varying skills where som... more
by Harry
5

Harry, Karolina Nedelkovska, Drora and 2 more

The trainer doesn't teach technology
by David Deubelbeiss
 
Meaning, the trainer models effective use of technology as part of another topic the teachers are... more
by David Deubelbeiss
1
 
Sometimes this can be too subtle and trainees just don't get it.
3
A Simon
Ana Maria Menezes
Karolina Nedelkovska
Task orientated
Training is based around actually doing tasks and creating activities rather than just learning h... more
 
Depends, I feel I am an educator first and a language teacher second. I think sometimes the ITC s... more
by Michael
 
Putting the theory into practice and getting a first-hand experience of the tools could give the ... more
by Abdullahsaykili
3
A Simon
Abdullahsaykili
Jennifer Verschoor
Context
The trainer understands how technology can be applied in a range of contexts
 
Most success strategies are context-dependent. No silver bullets. Explain how to select the right... more
by Peter
2
A Simon
Peter
Hardware know how
The trainer has a good knowledge of edtech hardware that can be used
 
If I am to be an expert in what I am discussing I better know how to use something. If the comput... more
by Lee Green
2
Karolina Nedelkovska
Lee Green
Training is delivered in a variety of modes - reading, listening, watching... interacting, reflecting, collaborating, competing...
by Jet
 
This keeps things interesting. It also helps people with different learning styles.
by Jet
 
It demands more preparation time of the trainer.
2
Harry
Jet
The most important component is setting up the learning environment so participants are comfortable collaborating and expressing their ideas. Present information in chunks so there are always small successes along the way. Respond in a timely fashion and let no questions or queries go unanswered.
by Sandy Wagner
1
Todd Lichtenwalter
A trainer who has not lost the feeling of apprehension or fear that exists whenever people try something new.
by Sheila Vine
1
Karolina Nedelkovska
Patience
1
Greg
Theoretical undersatnding
The trainer can deliver the training within a a framework of educational theory which underpins t... more
1
Jennifer Verschoor
Ability to Integrate Applications into a Learning Management System
by Robert McCall
In a blended learning environment the curriculum, and/or supplmentary materials are best used or ... more
0
Inclusive
The trainer solicits participation and sharing from the trainees.
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