CPD: Get on board with interactive technology
19 December 2008Add to My Folder
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Discover how interactive-technology training can help create inspiring and collaborative classrooms, while fulfilling CPD requirements
Interactive technologies have the potential to transform teaching and learning by encouraging collaboration, contribution and increased learner motivation. However, critical to the effective use of technologies in the classroom, and more importantly the realisation of these benefits, is comprehensive teacher training. Fortunately, as interactive technologies have evolved, the types and availability of training have, too. This means it is easier for teachers to get to grips with the latest solutions and use them to inspire and engage learners.
Group provider-led training from specialists, such as Promethean, is undoubtedly the most comprehensive and effective method for delivering in-depth sessions. Available as a full or half day to suit school timetables, or as part of an INSET day, these sessions include hands-on demonstrations of software features and tools. They also include top time-saving tips and lesson ideas that can be readily applied in the classroom. In addition, as this type of training is designed to be wholly collaborative, sessions provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction, support and sharing best practice. Sessions can also be specifically tailored, for example to a special education needs audience, enabling teachers to make the most of training.
Often led by ex-teachers that understand the day-to-day pressures of the learning environment, sessions are designed to equip teachers with the essential skills to start using the technology in the classroom. Furthermore, provider-led training will ensure all teachers, and even those who are completely new to the technology, have the confidence to use it as more than just a point-and-click facilitator.
The virtual learner
Understanding that due to budgetary and time constraints, a comprehensive in-school training scheme is not always immediately achievable, interactive technology providers such as Promethean have developed a vast array of alternative options. Catering for a variety of pre-existing knowledge and skill levels, and designed to fit in with the teacher’s busy working schedule, these training programmes are an excellent way to complement and enhance personal training delivery.