How can the professional development of teachers around the world be improved?Ask members of HundrED, a Finnish organization that seeks to influence education through innovative proposals. To answer this question, it was launched in collaboration with the World Bank and with support from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Teachers for a Changing Spotlight World, a global campaign to identify programs that are effectively using technology to enable Professional development for large-scale educators.
Ten educational programs from around the world are highlighted under this initiative. Inspiring Teachers: Peer Training Platform (UK), LeadNow! (Kenya), OneSky for all Children (China), PerformEd (Egypt), ProFuturo Digital Education (Spain), Puentes Educativos (Chile), Teach2030 (UK), Your Class, Your Country (Chile), Global School Leaders (India) and Comunidad Atenea (Argentina).
In fact, Athena communityCreated by Varkey Foundation to promote Collaborative learning for teachers throughout Latin America. The organization was selected from among more than 400 professional development programs Teacher from 80 countries. After a rigorous selection process, applications have been narrowed down to 10 programs that effectively use low-tech or high-tech solutions to attract, motivate and support teachers.
This space creative It is a social network that already has more than 15,000 members. Educators come together, share good teaching practices, draw inspiration from peers, plan their classes, and connect with others.
By recognizing the operation of this network, Maria O’Mara, of HundrED, said: “We know that when used correctly, technology can be harnessed to improve access, participation and participation, and to create and apply new skills in the classroom. As we emerge from the Covid pandemic, we need to invest in practical ways to improve and support Professional development for teachers“.
Agustín Porres, Regional Director of the Latam of Fundación Varkey expressed: “If we can inspire teachersBy creating a community and taking them on a digital journey, we will discover the potential of technology in education and we will be able to ensure an equitable and high-quality education for all.”
5 main points in cooperation
- Designed with the user in mind. To ensure that users integrate the solution into their daily practices, advocates must understand their needs, context, level of communication, and digital knowledge.
- Use existing technologywhen possible. If teachers already use cell phones in their classrooms, the key is to think about how your solution will use that existing technology before investing in some expensive new add-ons.
- Provide options for users to access content: It is necessary to integrate many different ways for educators to access content using high and low tech options.
- Training users to use technology. The tools can only improve learning outcomes if teachers are trained to use them.
- Ensuring that technology enables professional development for teachers, But don’t direct it. Think first about the results you hope to achieve and then how technology can help you achieve those results more effectively.
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