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Investigating the use of a community of expert teachers to support the integration of new software in Western Australian schools

This project will investigate how a community of expert teachers can be developed and sustained through on-line and face-to-face social networks to support the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in schools.

A key aim of the project is to build teacher capacity to use ICT in learning and teaching while creating a sustainable supportive network of teachers who are skilled at using the specialised software. This aim will be measured through the pre and post intervention surveys with the participating teachers, which will measure their level of skills to deliver the AITSL national teacher standards including the ICT elaborations.

One of the aims of the proposed project is to investigate if by participating in this community of practice teachers will feel supported to use these technological tools in their work and will reach out and support other teachers. This will be measured by the teachers` responses to structured interview questions and to the post intervention focus group responses.

Research outcomes will inform professional learning for pre-service and practising teachers and guide school leadership and communities on how to implement ‘communities of practice’ and build ICT capability within their institutions. A series of case studies and video reflection packages will be developed to showcase best practices in learning and teaching with ICT. A report and an e-publication will be produced to disseminate findings of the research.

Adobe are the industry partner in this project.


Dr Jenny Lane

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