La Competencia Digital

La Competencia Digital del Profesorado en la Sociedad del Conocimiento. Katia V. Pozos

Archive for February, 2011

Feb 06 2011

The Theory of Multiple Mentors – Howard Gardner


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Feb 02 2011

Supporting Teacher Development of Competences in the Use of Learning Technolofies By Diana Laurillard (2011)

Supporting Teacher Development of Competences in the Use of Learning Technolofies By Diana Laurillard (2011)

Here you have some key points we extracted from the past Roundtable on Teacher Training with Diana Laurillard. At the end of the post you will find Diana’s presentation, the link to the LSDE project software download, the audio of part of the roundtable, and some photos of the session.

1) Teacher Training cannot be fully undestood without the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Teacher Training means learning to use ICTs and introduce them in education. Also, Education cannot be fully understood without the use of ICTs. The objective is to evolve from traditional models to blended models (or only-virtual models).

2) Teacher Training isn’t simply sharing a ‘piece’ of knowledge anymore. ICTs evolve very quickly & teachers need to learn new competences, to do that, they need:

  • Institutional support
  • Awareness of the students’ skills in the use of technology (sometimes, students have better technology skills than their teachers)
  • Chances for professional development
  • Peer collaboration

3) This is a process of continous innovation, and must be considered as fully iterative ‘trial-error-improvemen’ process.

4) Teacher Training could also be called: ‘Continuous Professional Development’

5) Open Educational Resources (OERs) ara very important, but they’re not enough. It is necessary to share not only contents but also separate the ‘pattern’ from the ‘content’ and share those patterns. That’s the aim of the LDSE Project; it’s like a ‘microworld’ where teachers can train in the use of technological tools to implement them in their teaching later. The objective of the ‘patterns’ is to ‘catch the pedagogy’ of the teaching process. OERs are the pieces that fit in the patterns and give them the ‘content’.

6) There’s a common issue: How do we motivate teachers to innovate and train in the use of ICts?. It is necessary to set policies and institutional strategies, but it is also important to do it at a national and international level. It is useless to tell teachers to be innovative in their teaching if they’re going to be evaluated only for their research.

7) It would be necessary to create communities where teachers could share and collaborate by using simple and usefeul tools.

Source:  UNESCO Chair in e-Learning


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