Thursday, 1 February 2018

Professional development that works

While sitting aboard a flight on my way to London last week, it allowed me some time to reflect on the start of this year and the effect that handing out 55 iPad Pro's to teachers have had.



Seeing their faces when they unboxed their brand new devices, complete with apple pencils and smart keyboards, will tell you most of what you need to know. Excitement was definitely in the air and people are so keen to see how these devices can change the way they work on a day-to-day basis.

This year, we have planned our professional development around fortnightly sessions in small groups of 2/3 with people of similar technological ability, and the feedback has been incredible. Teachers are asking more questions and beginning to experiment, not only with their new device, but also ways to enhance the content they need to ”deliver”. Our focus is on changing pedagogy and how technology can enhance the learning for students, moving away from the traditional spoon-feeding approach to something...else.

Being able to sit down with teachers on a regular basis is truly a privilege. I am hoping to get to know them better; each with their unique teaching style and to be there on their tech learning journey should be exciting! I absolutely love the fact that everyone has their own needs and are at different levels - doing the same thing week after week would kill me...

Kill me now...

I am very interested to find out how others go about their PD in schools. What do your schools do to allocate time for developing professionally? Leave a comment below.

Till next time.

TTT


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