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Designing continuing professional development - Exploring Education Futures Rachel Jones

Innovation - leading to a sustained improvement in practice - embedding thisCoping with unpredictability

‘Innovating Pedagogy 2012’ report is to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. Professor Mike Sharples, Open University,

Linking this with ITE

Scotland's Donaldson Review - many good points

Developing knowledge and skills via ICT (i.e., sharing and collaboration via professional online communities of practice)

Promoting professionalism/ connoseurship

Knowledge and skills how to use ICT

What resources do we already have in the system?

IWBs in most schools + research evidence + some strong and developing practice

IPad Scotland evaluation + good blogs & twitter activity

Definition of Education Futures

DRAFT: a concept that identifies the complexity of preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet. It suggests an imperative to focus learning on developing key competencies - nimble and creative thinking,

Technology permeates every aspect of schooling; software applications become more and more sophisticated

'Bring your own device' will be the norm

Greatly expanded diversity of provision (virtual schools, MOOC, etc)


tools, position change in practice

Sustained improvement in practice, Embedding, sustained

Coping with unpredictability

How should a CPD programme design reflect Education Futures?


Underpinning learning theories

Needs and beliefs of teachers need to be considered

Link knowledge leaders in academia with industry and also the link with practicing teachers (the 3 way link)

Setting up online communities for all 3 constituencies (industry, academia, teaching) to share and develop and implement new solutions

CPD (possibly mandatory) to show updating of pedagogical and technical knowledge)

How do you think Education Futures will affect the profession?

Becoming a knowledge industry? Knowledge leaders and innovators earn greater rewards

McKinsey: a system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. Opportunity for system level improvement

Constant challenge for teachers to keep up with the technology

the 1 to 30 model, and the homogeneity of the profession will fragment (different kinds of teachers)

What should we be telling politicians?

Start early, with teacher students in the university!

Performance management of teachers should reflect a full range of activities including online communities and networks

Teacher standards should reflect the education futures world (and change when required to reflect new realities)

What you know about the impact of new policies on recruitment and retention of ICT teachers?


In NZ, we have computer studies teachers in secondary schools; they tend to teach about programs. They don't tend to teach about cyber citizenship or social media. Schools might also have directors of e-learning, who have a PD brief with staff. In primary schools, a teacher will offer to be the e-earning leader., NZ has Graduating Teacher Standards. Graduates of ITE must demonstrate competence in using ICT for learning., Practising teachers have to attest each year to their competence, including their skills at integrating digital technologies, So, do policies affect recruitment

In Wales, the ICT curriculum regeneration that's starting up is proving popular. Many ICT teachers see opportuniteis to develop and teach CS. While ICT developments in Wales are positive, at the moment they may be more focused on CS. The strategy for Digital Literacy is less developed, and perhaps the opportunities arising from DL are not so clear yet. ICT is an aspect of the curriculum that may remain relatively unchanged for there has not been the same negative data (so-called) as in England, supposedly demonstrating that ICT is "harmful". However, it is interesting that while there is a trend for ICT teachers to consider taking up CS there does not seem to be a matching trend from any direction to take up ICT!

Relevant resources

Aspects of ICT integration in teacher professional development

Developing knowledge and skills about when and how and why to use ICT purposefully for learning (sound pedagogical approaches underpin the use of technology in learning contexts).

Developing knowledge and skills via ICT (i.e., sharing and collaboration via professional online communities of practice).

Background reading

Integrated Model of teachers professional growth

UNESCO sponsored report from the Teacher Professional Development working group at EDUsummIT2011

McKinsey 2012 report

Challenges for the University

transferring knowledge to schools more effectively

Doing more high level synthesis of studies to provide evidence for practice

Interfacing better with industry to develop new products

Strategies of execution (Covey)

maximum of 3 goals

clarity of goals and progress

Create a compelling scorecard

Lofty goals -> specific actions -> changing behaviour: define what and how for each person

Hold each other accountable all of the time

mutual interdependence

Knowing others count on you to be committed