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SMART CLASSROOMS - Stanthorpe teachers join digital age

May 2009

Team bonding ... Stanthorpe State High School teachers working towards their ICT Certificates.

A group of Queensland teachers is proving their dedication towards 21st century learning by agreeing to register for the Smart Classrooms Professional Development Framework.

Understanding the importance of digital pedagogy, the Stanthorpe State High School teachers have either registered for the ICT Certificate or will do so in the coming months.

English and Studies of Society and Environment teacher Fiona Smedley said the support the group had received from colleagues in response to the initiative was unbelievable.

'When the school's ICT steering committee initially invited staff to take part in an online Learning Place course 25 teachers responded immediately,' Mrs Smedley said.

'We are hoping that by the end of the year a majority of our teachers will have their certificates.'

Together with fellow Digital Pedagogy Licence holder Ann Mayes, Mrs Smedley is coordinating workshops designed to help teachers to gain their ICT Certificates.

Since the workshops started a few months ago 13 teachers have been awarded their certificates and 15 will begin the process in Term 2.

A quarter of successful recipients are already investigating the second level of the framework, the Digital Pedagogy Licence.

'Most teachers know the importance of digital pedagogy but believe the certification process means they have to do more work,' Mrs Smedley said.

'In most cases this isn't true and teachers are already implementing ICT into the curriculum.
'It's so automatic that they don't realise what they are doing is special and entitles them to accreditation under the framework. All it takes is a bit of documentation.'

The school-wide project is also doubling as an effective team-bonding session for Stanthorpe High teachers.

'It's very exciting to be doing this as a group,' Mrs Smedley said.

'It's a perfect opportunity for our teachers to spend time together, working collegially to gain acknowledgement for their implementation of ICT into their professional practice and for course participants to have a great time.'

For more information about the framework, visit the Smart Classrooms website.