Leading my facultyIntroduction

Tailoring professional learning

The modules can be presented in their totality or presenters can adopt a ‘pathways’ approach to teacher professional learning. Review the modules and their components to tailor the best pathway that meets the needs of the faculty.

Key messages

In each module you will find key messages about using laptops in teaching and learning. A summary of these key messages is attached. You can use this summary to guide professional learning for your staff.

Rationale

  • Preparing students for life, work and study in the 21st century can be facilitated through quality teaching and learning in a technology-rich classroom.

  • Students learning using laptops have the opportunity to improve their ICT skills and capabilities to fully participate in the digital world in which we live.

Attitudes and beliefs

  • Teacher values, beliefs and attitudes about whether laptops will make a difference to learning in the classroom are a critical factor in transforming practice.

  • Planning for ongoing professional learning to shift the beliefs of the faculty is an important step in realising the potentials of digital technology.

Competence using ICT

  • It is important to focus on the most appropriate technologies for use in a KLA as different subjects have different ICT demands.

  • Teachers need to be confident and competent in the use of ICT appropriate to their KLA to understand its potential as a tool for improving student learning.

Professional learning

  • Ongoing professional learning is a critical component of sustained improvement in teaching and learning.

  • There are a range of ways that faculties can work together to improve pedagogical and technological knowledge in relation to the KLA.

Hardware & software

  • Not all software applications are suitable for your KLA and subject area.

  • You are not expected to be able to use all the software applications.

  • Be familiar with but not expert at the software applications relevant in your subject.

  • Don’t assume all students have high-level software skills.

  • Use students to help teach others and solve problems in the classroom.

File management

  • Good electronic filing systems and protocols will save your KLA time.

  • Every teacher should be able to share and access files quickly.

  • Good file saving habits encourage students to be responsible for their own work.

Classroom management

  • There are many classroom management strategies that will remain the same as this is simply good teaching.

  • Consistent classroom management strategies provide security for students.

  • Lessons will be more effective if laptop protocols and routines are clearly stated and followed.

  • New classroom rules should be discussed and agreed upon.

Cyber citizenry

  • Students should use all forms of electronic communication in a safe and responsible manner.

  • The internet is a powerful educational tool.

  • The accuracy, reliability and relevance of information on the internet varies greatly.

  • Content such as text, images, video and music cannot be freely copied from the internet.

Stage 5 students

  • Students have varying levels of skills, knowledge and experience in the use of ICT.

  • We cannot assume that students are expert multitaskers, able to attend to more than one task at a time.

  • There are many students who require support from teachers and their peers in the educational use of ICT for classroom activities.

Benefits for students

  • Students have varying levels of skills, knowledge and experience in the use of ICT.

  • We cannot assume that students are expert multitaskers, able to attend to more than one task at a time.

  • There are many students who require support from teachers and their peers in the educational use of ICT for classroom activities.

Student expectations

  • Students and the wider community have expectations that interactive digital technology will be used as a tool for learning in the classroom.

Increasing student engagement

  • It is important to identify the subject content most suitable for learning with laptops.

  • Consider how learning activities using laptops can improve student engagement in your KLA.

Classroom environment

  • The physical classroom environment will change with 1:1 computing.

  • The way content is delivered and received will change.

  • The roles of teachers and students may shift.

  • The tools and strategies we have used in the past need to be assessed for their use in a classroom that uses laptops for learning.

Tools and strategies

  • Web 2.0 tools can engage learners and change teaching practice.

  • Web 2.0 tools can enhance existing pedagogy.

  • Use of online and offline strategies can enhance existing pedagogy.

Quality teaching

  • The Quality Teaching in NSW Public Schools model should be used as a reflective tool to analyse appropriate pedagogy for learning with laptops.

  • New tools and strategies used with laptops have great potential to enhance quality teaching in classrooms.

Shifting practice

  • Teacher expertise and knowledge will determine how quickly they can embrace pedagogical change.

  • Change may take some time, as teachers understand the potentials of the laptops and teaching and learning.

  • Teachers should aim, over time, to implement strategies that will enrich or transform traditional classroom practices.

Using OneNote

  • It is also recommended that the outcomes and ideas from the faculty meetings are recorded in OneNote and available for all members of the faculty to access.

Key learning area FAQs

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