Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership & Governance

MGSLG is developing a teacher's professional development course to support the intergration of ICT into teaching and learning. The 56 units of study have been shaped by the UNESCO ICT CFT.
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Internet Safety

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The internet is a very useful tool for the classroom. It gives you access to content such as videos, pictures, and research. It is also a communication tool. But the internet can be dangerous if you are not aware of the threats that exist. This unit will teach you about internet safety. It is important to know how to be safe on the internet because you need to keep your private information to yourself and make sure that your students are not falling victim to crime on the internet.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Introduction to the TPACK Framework

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Teaching with technology is not always simple, especially if our aim is to improve the quality of the learning that is happening in our classrooms. Because technology is generally pretty expensive and takes quite a bit of effort of organise and care for, it makes sense that we would want to get our money’s worth by making sure that the end product – the quality of learning – is as good as it can be and keeps improving. Otherwise, why bother? In this unit, we are going to learn about one of the most popular and useful frameworks to help us think about teaching well and effectively with technology. It is called the TPaCK framework. TPaCK is short for Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge.

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Author: Andrew Moore

What is Learner Centric Education?

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This unit will encourage you to think of ways in which you can change your teaching style from being mostly teacher- centered (teacher talks and learners listen) to thinking of ways in which you plan your lessons and activities to involve your learners more actively in lessons.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Project Based Learning

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How can you engage your learners in authentic learning that develops their 21st Century skills and that makes space for ICTs to be leveraged to maximum effect. There are many answers to these questions but one important answer is to be found in Project Based Learning (PBL). This unit is part 1 of a 2 part series on PBL. In this unit, we will cover the basics of what PBL is, what its key components are and why it is such a powerful teaching methodology. In part 2, we will dig into some of the details of how to design a project for your class.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Project Based Learning Part 2

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This unit is Part 2 of a 2 part series on project-based learning (PBL). How can you engage your learners in authentic learning that develops their 21st Century skills and that makes space for ICTs to be leveraged to maximum effect. There are many answers to these questions but one important answer is to be found in Project Based Learning (PBL). In this unit, we will dig into some of the details of how to design a project for your class.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Teacher Professional Learning

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In the same way teachers encourage their learners to be curious about the world, teachers need to regularly update their own knowledge and skills. This unit focuses on how teachers can enjoy lifelong professional development opportunities by linking to teacher networks and online courses.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Assessment policy in CAPS and the cycle of assessment

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In this unit, we are going to take a closer look at what the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) say about assessment. Just by their name, one assumes they have some important things to tell us. We are also going to look at the overall cycle of assessment. Assessment is not a once off event like a test or exam. That test of exam is just a part of the assessment cycle. We will go into more of the details of parts of the assessment cycle in later units.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Examinations and error analysis

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In this unit we are going to look at 2 separate, but related, parts of assessment. The first is how to set high quality exams and tests. The second is how to analyse the results of exams and tests to learn more about what your learners are struggling with. This is called error analysis.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Tools to support Assessment (Rubrics)

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Assessment is one of the most important parts of teaching. After all, it is the best way we have of knowing what our learners are learning. It is not necessarily the same as what we are teaching. Doing assessment well (whether it is formative or summative), requires that we are clear about what we are assessing and what success looks like. If you area assessing a learner’s answer to a Maths problem, this is relatively straightforward. What is correct and incorrect and quite clear. But what if you are assessing a piece of creative writing, or a presentation, or a group project or a piece of art. In these cases, assessment is far more subjective. Rubrics are simple but powerful tools that help us with these kinds of assessment and help us to assess fairly and consistently.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Organising ICT in the classroom

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As teachers, we are able to use a variety of ICT tools in our classrooms. Many of us have access to computers, whiteboards, tv, tablets and cellphones. These digital resources can all be used for teaching and learning. But, how do we protect expensive technology but also serve the syllabus requirements in the best way possible? How do we organise digital resources in the classroom so we get the most to support and reinforce learning activities and social interactions? This unit will look at these issues and policies around them.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Multimedia and Simulations

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All of us are constantly surrounded by multimedia, all the time. It has become a hugely pervasive and important feature of modern life – for good and ill. Multimedia is also an increasingly important tool in education and, when the right kinds of multimedia are used in the right ways, it can provide tremendous benefits. In this unit, we will learn about some of the features of multimedia and what role it can play in our classrooms. We will also learn specifically, how you can create your own multimedia resources that do exactly what you need them to do.

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Author: Andrew Moore

Instructional Design

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Instructional design is basically something you do every time you plan a lesson. You are designing how the instruction will take place. You consider what the objectives of the lesson are, what actions you will take, what actions your learners will take, how you will assess what your learners have learnt and in what sequence all of this is going to happen. One benefit of doing this in a physical classroom is that you can change direction whenever and however you need to based on how your learners respond. In this unit, however, we are going to consider instructional design for the online environment, where your interaction with learners is more limited and it is harder to change things in the middle of a lesson. For this reason, your planning needs to be more careful and considered.

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Author: Andrew Moore