Pedagogy and Professional Development
The main focus for equipping schools with effective ICT systems is on improving outcomes for learners. Staff and students need assistance in understanding how to use ICTs effectively, and need to be supported in their efforts to integrate the use of ICTs into every part of their programmes.
While the development of specific skills and understandings is an important part of professional development, focusing on these alone will not result in using ICTs in ways that improve outcomes for learners. Effective professional development should also be available just in time, not just in case.
A school's approach to professional learning should be part of the overall ICT strategic plan, and not left to chance. All staff should be provided with opportunities to develop in areas appropriate to their particular needs of level of competence, which must in turn ensure they are equipped to contribute to the overall school vision. Additionally, professional development should be in-depth, contextualised and provided over time to allow for the embedding of new ideas and strategies into classroom practice.
TorqueIP is pleased to be working with CORE Education, a nationally recognised leader in the provision of innovative professional development programmes that can be provided face-to-face or online. You can find out more about what they have to offer here: core-ed.org
In the year following the upgrade we reduced the number of hours we needed to employ technical support. The speed of the network permits much faster data transfer as evidenced by speedier upgrades of software. Teachers appreciate being able to access the network across the school site, in every corner of the campus. This year we installed a third full computer suite following the rewiring of the campus.
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