Lessons Learned BCT Project 2009-2010


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Lessons Learned BCT Project 2009-2010

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