Teachers have not been trained for the digital classroom.
It’s not just a matter of keeping up with the new technologies (though digital literacy is as important as print was in a book based education) – it’s about the art of teaching with the new technologies.
Professional Workshops are available:
• Digital Literacies: reading and writing are not what they used to be
• The new culture of learning
• No-one knows more than everyone: Wikipedia in the classroom
• Blogs are beneficial: reflection in a fast paced age
• Games for life: the role of simulations in education – the digital curriculum
• A laptop in your pocket: teaching and learning with mobile phones
• Teachers aren’t superfluous – they are participants
• How Google and the save key have replaced the textbook
• ‘Cheating’ now called collaboration: learning and assessment in the digital context
• Talking to IT people
• What to teach and how do you do it?
• Organising the digital classrooms
• Protocols for online education (privacy, bullying, payment, security etc)
• Professional development within the school
Teachers have been placed in an impossible position. Students invariably know more about the new technologies than they do. Professional development that helps teachers meet the demands of the classroom and serves the best interests of the students is a rare thing. There are no models – no precedents – for digital teaching and learning. Like the students – who have taught themselves –teachers are in the process of making it up as they go; but there are some people who have been working in this area for more than a decade who can be of assistance.
Since the early 90s I have been researching, writing, talking and providing professional development for teachers in public and private schools. I have developed workshops, lectures, courses, training packages etc and I am delighted that there is a growing demand from educational professionals for participation in these programs.