INNOVATION AND ICT COURSES FOR PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS IN SAINT LUCIA

ONLINE – SELF PACED – SHORT COURSES AVAILABLE FROM JULY TO DECEMBER 2020 IN INNOVATION AND ICT

THESE COURSES ARE FUNDED BY PROFUTURO AND OFFERED FREE THROUGH THE OAS AND THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SAINT LUCIA

ABOUT PROFUTURO

ProFuturo is one of the largest digital education initiatives from Telefonica Foundation and la Caixa Foundation in Spain; its overall objective is to provide quality and sustainable access to education in vulnerable areas throughout the world, through a digital and integrated educational solution.  The Organization of American States (OAS), The Ministry of Education, Saint Lucia and ProFuturo signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October 2019 to provide to the Government of Saint Lucia digital education tools to improve the acquisition of skills of primary school students and to introduce innovation in education through the provision of technology driven teaching and learning practices designed to empower teachers to provide students with innovative skills and competencies.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

There are 8 courses being offered to Public Primary School teachers and Principals from July to December 2020:

  • Innovation – Basic Level
  • ICT – Basic Level
  • Innovation – Intermediate Level
  • ICT – Intermediate Level
  • Innovation – Professional Level
  • ICT – Professional Level
  • Innovation – Advanced Level
  • ICT – Professional Level

 

ABOUT THE COURSES

The disruption to the education sector due to COVID-19 has been unprecedented; The Government of Saint Lucia was forced to close schools in mid March, just before the start of the Easter break and with no idea at that time whether normal schooling would resume in the near future.  It meant that strategies would have had to be put in place immediately, planning therefore for the worst-case scenario, that is, schools not reopening under normal conditions.

 

The Ministry of Education, Saint Lucia envisions a new pedagogy transitioning from the blackboard to blended learning.  It is recognized that early learners are being disadvantaged and not receiving the level of instruction they need under the “new normal”.  Online teaching and learning is therefore being recommended by all education providers throughout the globe and to tackle these concerns the Ministry of Education Saint Lucia has collaborated with ProFuturo and OAS to offer these eight short, online, self paced courses for primary school teachers throughout the island.  The Courses introduce participants to the advantages of digital education starting from the basic level of understanding of the use of automation in innovative teaching to the professional understanding of the diverse options that virtual tools offer to support the teaching and learning process.

 

Each course is particularly tailored for teachers and principals of primary schools.  It is flexible learning over a three week period for each Course. Participants will have free access to the learning platforms with readings and videos.  Participants will complete a self-assessment activity at the end of each Course. Successful participants who complete the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement for each course.

Primary school Principals are also encouraged to take these courses.  Pre-requisites may be required for each Course level.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

In achieving all 8 Courses, participants will learn:

  • Digital literacy and basic automation to achieve innovative teaching practices
  • Achieving ICT competence in the classroom
  • ICT integration in teaching and learning
  • Transforming learning and classroom management using online innovative educational experiences to basic mobile learning
  • The changes in didactic programmes to satisfy the new needs of the students
  • How Apps and Blogs can change the way students learn

 

INNOVATION BASIC LEVEL:

  • The System of Innovation
  • Mobile Learning
  • The Finnish Model versus the Japanese Model and practices in teaching and learning

 

INNOVATION INTERMEDIATE LEVEL:

  • Current trends in Educational Technology that can be applied in the classroom
  • How to develop a teaching outline based on creative and innovative educational tools
  • The role of the teacher in the 21st Century school
  • Creativity in teaching method

 

INNOVATION ADVANCED LEVEL:

  • Transforming the classroom through innovation
  • The Finnish teaching model versus other teaching models
  • The key agents of change and innovation in the classroom
  • The characteristics of the 21st Century teacher
  • The use of technology and applications for creativity, problem solving and improving social well being

 

INNOVATION PROFESSIONAL LEVEL:

  • Analyzing various pedagogical methodologies
  • The traditional school vs the 21st Century school
  • How to design a pedagogical methodology that works for each teacher
  • Applying innovative experiences in collective construction of a school project
  • Stimulating change in teaching practices

 

ICT BASIC LEVEL:

  • Understanding the concept of ICT and integrating ICT in everyday life
  • The psychological effects of the information age
  • Promoting good practices through collaborative work
  • The relevance of educational models in the classroom

 

ICT INTERMEDIATE LEVEL:

  • Practical applications for the use of ICT
  • Integrating ICT into the classroom
  • Networking for continuous training and professional development
  • Lesson planning and project based learning

 

ICT ADVANCED LEVEL:

  • The didactic uses of Google Drive and online applications to carry out educational experiences in the classroom
  • To understand competency based evaluation and designing evaluation rubrics for an activity
  • Adapting educational experiences to collaborative learning

 

ICT PROFESSIONAL LEVEL:

  • Learning new concepts in a fun way
  • Using gaming and collaboration in teaching

 

DATES:

These courses will be available for the next six months

To register please go to: https://survey.telefonicaed.com/index.php/813523?newtest=Y&lang=en

email for more information: camdueducation@gmail.com

 

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