Support to build educators’ skills and confidence in using digital learning can occur in a range of ways – through structured professional learning, through collaborative networks such as personal learning networks (PLN) and through inquiry driven communities of practice.
To build the confidence and capacity of teachers and school leaders in digital learning three areas need consideration including:
- developing skills in using digital technologies
- supporting teachers to effectively embed the use of digital technologies in their learning and teaching practice
- providing support for cultural change.
Events and networks
New Pedagogies for Deep Learning
New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) is a global partnership aiming to implement deep learning goals across whole education systems that are enabled by new pedagogies and accelerated by technology. Global education stakeholders and their business partners are working together to address a key education challenge: How can we mobilise and foster new pedagogies for deep learning in schools and leverage the power of digital technologies?
Through the partnership, students from 10 countries across the globe are engaged in deeper level learning and developing the skills to be lifelong learners, creative, connected and collaborative problem solvers who can successfully participate and innovate in our increasingly interconnected world. There are 100 Australian schools participating; 80 in Victoria and 20 in Tasmania. For more information, see: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning
Digital Technologies – Professional Learning Calendar
The Digital Learning News blog has a professional learning calendar that lists sessions with a focus on digital technologies both face-to-face and online. Teachers can link to professional learner providers and organisations that provide programs for the classroom. For more information, see: Professional Learning Calendar
Several associations provide support and leadership for educators to integrate ICT into learning and teaching including Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV), Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Australian Teachers of Media Victoria (ATOM).
Digital Learning News
Digital Learning News provides information about professional development, teaching resources, research, and news from schools and the Department. For more information and to subscribe, see: Digital Learning News
Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership
The Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership provides professional development courses designed to build the capacity of leaders in schools and early childhood settings. Throughout the year a range of events and short courses have a digital focus. The Leading Schools in a Digital Age course is designed to assist school leaders to envisage, develop, implement and sustain a future-oriented vision of education that builds teacher capacity and equips their students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in society transformed by globalisation and technology. For further information, see: Bastow Institute and Leading Schools
ICT Peer Coaching
The ICT Peer Coaching program assists teacher leaders to develop the coaching skills essential to help their colleagues learn the necessary instructional strategies, understand pedagogical approaches and develop technology skills that are needed to integrate technology into active, engaging learning activities.
Peer coaches help their colleagues learn by providing timely training or resources, co-planning learning activities, modelling effective teaching, observing colleagues and reflecting on what they observed. They encourage ongoing educator collaboration focused on improving student learning and help schools to develop the capacity to meet their professional learning needs.
If you would like to participate in an ICT Peer Coaching Program, contact Digital Learning: firstname.lastname@example.org
21C Learning Design
21st Century Learning Design, or 21CLD, professional development helps teachers redesign their existing lessons and learning activities to build students’ 21st century skills. The resources have been aligned to the Australian Curriculum Framework. The program is based on rubrics developed and tested internationally for the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project. The 21CLD rubrics help educators identify and understand the opportunities that learning activities give students to build 21st century skills. For more information, see: Partners in Learning or contact Digital Learning at email@example.com
Many teachers are extending their learning by developing online professional learning networks (PLNs). PLNs connect teachers to other individuals worldwide who can offer support, advice, feedback, and collaboration opportunities. PLNs also allow teachers to collect information via social media and stay up to date on the latest teaching techniques, pedagogies, and changes in the field of education. Social media tools include social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter), affinity-based group sites (Ning, Wikispaces), and real-time interaction tools (online chat rooms, instant messaging, Skype).
Popular PLNs for resources shared by educators are #vicpln, #Auspln, #innovatehere and #deecd. For more information, see: Educational Hashtags and Weekly Twitter Chats
A range of online professional learning events are available throughout the year via virtual conferencing tools including Polycom, Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Lync and Skype. For more information, see: Virtual Conferencing
The Department's online training gives you access to a variety of interactive modules in a self-paced training format. The Microsoft Office training is comprehensive and includes MS Access, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, MS SharePoint, MS Word and other applications. For more information, see: Online Training
Digital Learning Showcase
The Digital Learning Showcase provides digital stories from schools, highlighting successful practice and a range of practical resources to assist teachers and school leaders. Areas of focus include eLearning planning, using 1-to-1 in the classroom, eduSTAR software Win and Mac, Digital technologies across curriculum areas. For more information, see: Digital Learning Showcase
ePotential ICT Capabilities Resource
The ePotential ICT Capabilities Resource supports teachers developing their skills to integrate ICT into their classroom. This resource enables teachers to see and use the potential of ICT for powerful learning. It includes:
- an ICT capabilities framework
- an online survey
- a continuum with practical, learning and teaching resources, including teacher and student work samples, advice for getting started and professional learning resources. For more information, see: ICT Capabilities Continuum
For more information, see: ICT Capabilities Resource
Microsoft in Education
Microsoft Partners in Learning helps educators and school leaders connect, collaborate and create. Technology is only one piece of a larger solution supported by peer coaching, professional development for school leaders and educators, and the innovations in teaching and learning being led by educators on the ground, every day. For more information, see: Partners in Learning
For more information on how teachers and students are using Mac, iPod and iPad, see: Apple and Education
Intel Teach Elements
Free online professional development courses from Intel help teachers to design innovative, effective learning sequences. Teachers can obtain certificates for completing each of the courses, which are mapped to the National Professional Teacher Standards. The four Australian courses cover digital collaboration, assessing 21st century skills, designing authentic real-world projects, inquiry learning for science. For more information, see: Intel Teach Elements and Intel Teach Elements Course (pdf - 646.24kb)
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org