|An Implement session|
The Implement module uses one-to-one sessions and blended approaches to support actual use of digital technologies in the classroom.
What are the benefits?
Acknowledging that using digital technologies in teaching for the first time can be a crucial and unnerving time for teachers, Catalysed can provide in class support for teachers, plus blended support using either traditional telephone or remote video conferencing. Support is provided by trained teachers with who are also digital technology experts, and hence are able to support both pedagogy and technology.
“Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.”
Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment
Providing individual support for teachers in the classroom ensures that initial attempts to use digital technologies are successful, and hence teachers continue to integrate them effectively into their teaching practices.
How does it work?
The implement module uses four different strategies to support teachers in the classroom make effective use of digital technologies:
- Working with specific classes and technologies: Research consistently shows that in order for CPD to be effective it needs to be long term and targeted. By working with specific classes and specific technologies experience can be developed, and the true value of the changes to practice can emerge.
- Using SMART targets: Perhaps more closely associated with business, SMART targets have proved their worth over many years and ensure that efforts are focused. Catalysed recommends using the SMART approach to ensure long term learning objectives are Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and Timed.
- In-class support: The initial stages of using a new technology in the classroom can be intimidating. To alleviate this Catalysed offers in-class support for teachers trying technologies for the first time, in order to ensure the experience is positive for all concerned.
- Blended support: Once teachers are comfortable with using a digital technology, Catalysed offers ongoing support at a distance to answer questions and suggest more complex ways of working with a technology as a teacher becomes more confident.