Presentation from the ED-Media symposium "Teachers’ Role in the SNS-Era". Abstract:
Teacher networks, i.e. communities to share and co-construct professional knowledge, are touted to be important for teachers’ continuous professional development. Especially social networks and online communities can offer opportunities anywhere, anytime and at a relatively low cost as compared to on-site training. In this paper we present a concept for comparing a set of teachers’ digital competence frameworks at international and national level with a specific focus on indicators for participation and activities in teacher networks. Furthermore, using data from Survey of Schools: ICT in education we present national differences regarding participation in teacher networks and reflect it through some national programmes focusing on teachers' digital competence building. The final aim of the paper is to reflect how teachers' participation and activities in teacher networks could better be studied as part of digital competence with a final aim to support the European level policy actions as outlined in the newly launched Communication on Opening Up Education by the European Union.