Continued Professional Development
Teachers’ time has always been at a premium. Despite best intentions, lesson planning, preparation and evaluation often end up outside of contracted working hours, and in personal time. On top of all that teachers still find time to build on their skills through continued professional development (CPD).
In recent years there seems to have been a shift in what constitutes countable CPD. In the past it tended to involve face-to-face courses, which saw teachers rushing out of schools to travel to another location. Although these types of sessions are still on offer we are now seeing other ways to tick up CPD hours in the form of TeachMeets, Internet research, and online collaboration.
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more mean that teachers are able to virtually share effective practise, expand subject knowledge, gather relevant resources, and seek advice as well as support from other teachers all over the world. Slowly, the walls of classroom are breaking down to reveal the whole wide world outwith!
We are also beginning to see practises previously unique to the business world now having application in schools. Big contenders like Microsoft, Google and Skype are now advocating how their ‘solutions’ can be used in educational environments.
One of these previously unique to business practises involves the use of web conferencing capabilities that enable events to be shared with individuals in remote locations. These CPD sessions, referred to as webinars or online workshops, offer levels of personal involvement and allow collaboration through sharing applications, work spaces to chat, video and polling opportunities.
A great thing about CPD in this type of environment means that you can participate from the comfort of your own home or school. It opens up opportunities to join in events, training and discussions that otherwise may not have been on offer in your local area.
@PrometheanUKI (Twitter) has been running CPD in the form of webinars for the last year. These FREE half hour to 45 minute sessions have covered a range of topics from looking at design and software basics to using more advanced techniques to build interactivity into lesson material.
If you are interested in finding out more about these FREE sessions currently on offer, how to join, and where to register, please visit the Professional Development pages on Promethean Planet here: http://bit.ly/19rqylJ
About the author: Janice Prandstatter is a Teaching and Learning Consultant (TLC) for Promethean in the UK and Ireland. Janice’s education career includes a background in Early Childhood Education and Primary Teaching qualifications. After teaching at a Primary school in a socially deprived area of Edinburgh, Janice was seconded to the local authority as a Primary ICT Development officer. Within her role at Promethean Janice is able to use her knowledge of child development, experience in the classroom, understanding of the everyday pressures of teaching and expertise in education technology to design, implement and lead a variety of CPD opportunities for educators. She has a keen interest in social media and can be found in the Twittersphere both at @JanP65 and @PrometheanUKI.