Having been involved with pre-service teachers over the last couple of years, and working with three student teachers on a virtual placement practicum at the end of 2010, the invitation to attend the above forum on Teaching Teachers for the Future was accepted immediately.
It was, therefore, with great pride that I attended this forum on Friday Feb 25th. Having worked with a number of pre-service teachers and more importantly with three pre-service teachers, the University of Ballarat and Country Education Project on the pioneering virtual teaching round practicum in 2010, it was quite noticeable that technology skills in teaching and learning were lacking in pre-service teachers. As technology increasingly plays a powerful role in learning, it is vital that our graduating teachers come into the classroom with appropriate ICT skills.
This project is led by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) and includes the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE), the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (SAITSL), Education Services Australia (ESA), the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) and Australian universities/institutions with pre-service teacher education programs as partners. The forum was part of component one of the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) project. The project focuses on enabling pre-service teachers to achieve and demonstrate (upon graduation) competence in the effective and innovative use of ICT in education to improve student learning. It aims to achieve this through systematic embedding of the ICTE dimension in :-
- pre-service teacher education curriculum, pedagogies, assessment, professional experience
- university classroom and self-study resources
- the national program accreditation framework and Graduate Teacher Standards and
- national professional learning networks of ICT and curriculum methods experts within and across the Institutions.
The first part of the day was spent looking at the three components of the project. As our forum was part of component 1, we formed smaller groups to discuss the standards. Our role was to discuss the elaboration of the ICT Graduate Standards, add any comments of our own and list descriptions or links to resources useful for the standard.This was a fascinating day with much fruitful and valuable discussion and sharing of conversations. Thanks @kathleen_morris, @itmadesimple and @judeonline for being part of the group that I was in.
How well prepared in ICT, do you think pre-service teachers are prepared for using ICT and technology in the classroom?