I got along to the launch of ICT CPD 4 Free on the Naace stand on the Thursday of BETT. ICT CPD 4 free is a new web site, sponsored by TDA, offering ICT teachers FREE on-line continuing professional development opportunities.
Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT). Naace was established in 1984 and has become the key membership organization for those working in ICT in education.
What are the courses available on ICT CPD 4 Free?
The training modules, written by experts in their field, cover topics that have been identified by teachers as areas where additional training opportunities might be useful.
They are available on Moodle and currently include the following titles:
- Assessment of ICT in Primary Phase
- Assessment of ICT in Secondary Phase
- ICT knowledge within the QCA Primary Framework
- Embedding e-safety in the Curriculum – Short Course
- Embedding e-safety in the Curriculum – Long Course
- Exploring Digital media
- Introduction to finding Digital Resources
- Developing higher-order thinking skills utilizing ICT mind mapping and concept mapping interfaces
- High Interaction, Reflection and Peer Assessment through Educational Online Forums.
What are the advantages of this type of CPD? - (according to Naace)
- Study in your own time, at your leisure, without pressure and without charge.
- Use courses designed by teachers and practitioners that follow a familiar format and have many practical applications in the classroom.
- Receive recognition with a personalised certificate for every course completed and aggregate these awards over time to gain the Naace Online ICT Diploma.
- Whilst doing so become part of an online community that grows and grows and supports its members.
I am particularly interested in the embedding e-safety in the curriculum course and will be doing a short review of this over the coming weeks.