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SMART CLASSROOMS: 1300 teachers gain ICT accreditation

14 April 2010

Nearly 1300 Queensland teachers have proven that gaining a Smart Classrooms Professional Development Framework qualification is relatively straightforward and well worth the effort.

From last December to January this year, 1277 teachers took time out from their summer break to work towards the framework's ICT Certificate, Digital Pedagogy Licence or Digital Pedagogy Licence Advanced.

One of the dedicated teachers was Eileen Hall, of Kia-Ora State School, near Gympie.

'Completing my licence has been well worth the effort, I am now comfortable with the latest ICT and can put a bit of magic into my lessons,' Ms Hall said.

'This is particularly important as most of my students don't have access to technologies outside the classroom.'

The Smart Classrooms Professional Development Framework is a professional learning guide that helps Queensland teachers embrace digital pedagogy.

When a teacher demonstrates that their pedagogy aligns with the framework's indicators, they gain appropriate accreditation.

'I found working towards the licence to be a simple process and there's lots of support available from accreditated facilitators and mentors if you need it,' Ms Hall said.

Of the 1277 teachers who worked towards a framework qualification, 1203 gained the ICT Certificate and 61 were accredited with the Digital Pedagogy Licence. A further 13 gained the Digital Pedagogy Licence Advanced.

'At Kia-Ora, I have a multi-age class (Prep to Year 3) and ICT enables me to enhance and engage learning,' Ms Hall said.

'Recently we have used digital orienteering tools and PhotoStory for lessons - and the children love every minute of it.'

Learning Technologies director Michael O'Leary said the large number of accredited teachers reflected a growing recognition of the framework's importance to contemporary teaching.

'It shows our state school teachers are making real progress towards incorporating ICT into teaching and learning,' Mr O'Leary said.

'We look forward to seeing more teachers engage in the framework in the coming months.'

For more information, see the Smart Classrooms website.