Professional Learning Strategies

Participants in regional professional learning sessions have identified these strategies as some that have proven successful in introducing eLearning activities and online resources to their staff.......try them out and see how they work for you!

  • watercooler.jpgThe Water Cooler strategy - Informal chat with staff members about the great interactives found at the Connect web site, particularly Copacabana.
  • Put resource links on the school's DocuShare / Intranet / Ultranet
  • Run PD sessions with whole staff and set up a wiki for staff to share resources.
  • Have a regular "Techie Breaky" for interested staff and share new software and resources over coffee and croissants.cappacino.png
  • Have regular "ICT Bursts" at staff meetings, no longer that 20 minutes, to share quality eLearning resources.
  • Direct people to new web sites by putting them in your signature block and regularly changing them.
  • Change the school's meeting structure to recognise that we can't keep adding on new initiatives....something has to go! Information dissemination can be done through email and Intranet, keeping staff meetings down to twice a term. Team meetings have a teaching and learning focus where eLearning is embedded practice, rather than a domain focus that views ICT as an add-on.
  • Ask students to create photostories, presentations, etc about new technologies and present them to teachers at staff or department meetings.
  • Seek out ICT supporters/early adopters in your school and work with them to spread the expertise.
  • Talk with people informally during break times about good links/programs/ideas, etc.
  • alcatraz.jpgThe Alcatraz Model...."there's no escape!" - at every meeting, professional learning session, information session, etc add eLearning into the discussion. Make it quick, do it often..... for example, "talking about classroom libraries, have you thought about adding links to eBooks into your computer favourites? It's a great way to extend your student's access to reading and books and it has audio support as well!"





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Have you read?



Professional Learning in Effective Schools uses the DEECD's Effective Schools Model to illustrate the culture and conditions necessary to implement an effective professional learning program (adapted from Sammons, Hillman & Mortimore 1995). It unpacks the principles of highly effective professional learning and, through the lens of effective leadership, learning communities, professional learning teams and the concept of a performance and development culture, shows what the Principles look like in practice.



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