We will develop a web based collection of materials, resources, ideas and activities for staff development facilitators and trainers developing competence in digital technologies in the classroom.
The materials will include strategic staff development trajectories for different staff such as teachers, managers, teaching assistants etc. (These are the Diets.) We will also include specimen programmes for school based CPD and for courses of different duration and delivery modes (Menus). We will develop modules which can be mixed and matched to suit the needs of the teachers (Dishes) together with suggestions and /or detailed instructions on how they can be delivered (Recipes ) Finally there will be the multimedia resources trainers will need and which are so time consuming to produce available on line and downloadable as texts, images, exercises, videos etc (Ingredients).
We run over a hundred courses for teachers on topics such as e-learning methods, Integrating Technology Enhanced Learning in the Classroom, Introducing Coding, Creating Content in the Classroom and so on. A quick discussion revealed that we have always designed and developed our materials and resources ourselves. Not one of us had ever used teacher training materials in this context produced by someone else – we always created resources from scratch. We then established that the reason for this was that we simply couldn’t find any but would have welcomed a resource bank we could have used to save time, energy or just to get new ideas. We then tried several search engines with a variety of keywords and although we found isolated articles, we could not find a collection of resources.
There is a huge demand for teacher training in this field across member states and making trainers more efficient through access to resources should increase their capacity.