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SMART CLASSROOMS: Stay up-to-speed with new framework

July 2009

Teachers can align their pedagogy with the latest in contemporary thinking thanks to the newly updated Smart Classrooms Professional Development Framework.

Learning Technologies director Mick O'Leary said the update ensured the framework remained consistent with worldwide trends in digital teaching practices and changes in teacher and school needs.

'The refreshed framework gives our teachers the most up-to-date advice on contemporary digital pedagogical approaches,' Mr O'Leary said.

'The framework is a professional learning guide that helps teachers embrace digital pedagogy.

'It offers teachers indicators on how they can use ICT to support and extend student learning and outlines pathways to build their own skills and professionalism.'

Mr O'Leary said for teachers to gain accreditation in one of the three framework levels - certificate, licence or advanced licence - they had to show their teaching aligned with indicators contained in the updated framework.

'We've also changed the name of two framework levels to reflect our growing understanding of, and desire to embrace, digital pedagogy here in Queensland.'

The licence is now called the Digital Pedagogy Licence and the advanced licence is now the Digital Pedagogy Licence Advanced. The name of the ICT Certificate remains the same.

Mr O'Leary said teachers who had already started working towards a certificate, licence or advanced licence could choose to use the old or new indicators to complete their accreditation.

For more information visit the new framework website.

Digital pedagogy unpacked online

The Department of Education and Training has launched a new online professional development resource to help teachers earn their Digital Pedagogy Licence.

The new Digital Pedagogy Pack helps teachers develop a broader, deeper knowledge and understanding of what it means to work, live, teach and learn digitally.

This will help them develop the reflective statement component required, as part of their digital portfolios, to gain accreditation for the licence.

The pack is also useful for school leaders who wish to engage teachers in conversations about digital pedagogy.

For details, go to the framework website.