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Lessons Learned BCT Project: Fourth Face-to-Face meeting Year Three (April 20,2010)

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  • Lessons Learned BCT Project Building Community Through Telecollaboration Fourth Face-to-face Meeting Year Three Laval Sheraton Hotel April 20, 2010
  • Lessons Learned from the Building Community through Telecollaboration Project
    • As part of a Cefrio study, several years ago, over 100 teachers and leaders in nine of Quebec’s English-speaking school boards were interviewed on the factors that influenced the use of ICT – supported teaching/learning
    • Four factors emerged as being important:
    • Belief, Expertise, Support and Time
  • BEST : Belief, Expertise, Support and Time
    • Belief: Teachers were willing to learn and use ICT teaching-learning strategies if they believed they would benefit student learning
    • Expertise: Teachers realized that they had to acquire new knowledge and skills related to the use of ICT in their teaching
    • Support: They recognized the need for equipment and technical support as well as ongoing professional development support
    • Time: They understood that learning this new knowledge and skill required considerable time and practice
  • Lessons Learned about Beliefs Related to Student Learning
    • Teachers report students:
    • really enjoy sharing their work with authentic audiences
    • enjoy learning about and with ICT
    • are taking increased ownership for their learning
    • are learning how to collaborate more effectively
    • are beginning to understand the importance of digital etiquette and are trying to use ICT appropriately
  • Lessons Learned about Beliefs Related to Teacher Learning
    • Teachers report:
    • they are acquiring increased expertise related to the use of ICT in their classrooms
    • it is important to focus on pedagogy first and then the ICT tools to support it
    • it is important to focus on learning only the ICT tools that are needed for a project
    • they are developing new strategies for collaborating with colleagues
  • Lessons Learned about Beliefs Related to Teacher Learning
    • Experienced BCT teachers:
    • stress the importance of being willing to take risks
    • emphasize that it takes time to become competent in the new ICT literacy
    • encourage new teachers to reach out for support from colleagues in face-to-face situations or online
  • Lessons Learned Related to Expertise
    • We found that:
    • differentiated learning is needed as there is a wide range of expertise within the BCT community
    • beginners appreciated taking “baby steps” and benefitting from support from their colleagues
    • experienced BCT teachers are willing to provide support and collaborate with others
  • Lessons Learned Related to Support
    • The following are crucial sources of support:
    • the Cycle Team Leaders in each Cycle Network
    • the principal and other administrators in providing the resources, time and technical support
    • the local Recit and ICT staff for both technical and pedagogical support
    • collegial support from other BCT teachers on pedagogical, technical and collaborative aspects
  • Lessons Learned Related to: Time
    • We found:
    • there is a danger of “overloading” teachers, their primary focus must be on the learning and development of their students
    • there needs to be a flexible time window for making contributions to the project
    • involvement in the project should blend work and learning - it should not be an add-on
    • teachers need time to meet, plan and share within the school day
  • Concluding Observations
    • Teachers are taking increased ownership for the direction and success of the BCT Project
    • Ongoing online communication requires considerable time and teachers are often pressed by classroom responsibilities
    • Participation in the BCT project increases as teachers become more competent