How do we support teachers? – Symposium response

Digital Education Revolution – provide your feedback!

In Australia we have the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program (AGQTP), which includes teacher quality and their impact on student outcomes. Considerable funding has been directed towards this. Rolling out a range of workshops in regional areas, as well as activities with professional associations. Also considering subject-specific standards and on-line professional learning resources.

Suggestions from the floor:

Portfolio of examplars at the national level. Podcasts as resource tools. Fund technology coaches for schools. Consideration for remote areas of Australia – and how to transfer information to regional and remote areas. Collaboration between various sectors. Use technology to assess literacy standards in national testing programs.

Responses to questions from the sessions:

If teachers don’t have time to do it all! Yet we are re-tooling our whole processes of education – the exploration is going to take time – and will make us more efficient and integrated in the end. Any organisation that is going through the process of transformation, will required us to commit. Our pedagogical knowledge has to change – technology can solve the pedagogical issues if we want it to. So bottom line – buy time to learn!

The key issue remains the need to establish collaborative environments. We have more knowledge than we can share with old technologies.  Sessions like this symposium should be streamed, so that educators can talk in the ‘back channell’ promoting the conversation.

Assessment should be a trust relationship between the educator and the student.  It’s a true social network in the making – information should be exposed and developed, and made transparent.  We need to focus on the social networking of education.

The 21st century classroom is a state of mind.  It’s a set of relationships between someone who wants to learn and someone who wants to teach. The relationship is around the transfer of learning.  Education is dead: long live learning!

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