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Teacher communities – what makes them tick?

Teacher communities – what makes them tick?

Intrigued by teacher communities, researcher Kristen Weatherby sets her sights on Computing at School
For years we’ve talked about teachers being isolated in their classrooms and tried desperately to get them to form or join communities with their peers. Professional learning communities (PLCs), personal learning networks (PLNs), communities of interest, communities of practice (COPs), virtual communities, online communities, interest groups and knowledge communities, to name but a few.

This work has not been in vain. Teacher collaboration is a good thing. And the 2013 results of the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) indicate that teachers who report collaborating with colleagues also report significantly higher levels of confidence in their own work (self-efficacy) as well as higher levels of job satisfaction.

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Virtual schools expand but quality lags – US report

Virtual schools expand but quality lags – US report

Digging behind the shiny claims for online learning reveals some worrying trends
Online schools are proliferating, but a new US report from the National Education Policy C...

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Report says FE should be bolder with technology

Report says FE should be bolder with technology

It's time for FE to show leadership for the innovative use of technology for learning
Further education (FE) should be bolder in its adoption of digital technologies for learni...

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'Smart tech fuels young people’s passion for learning'

'Smart tech fuels young people’s passion for learning'

Research indicates that it's time to shed some negative assumptions about mobile phones. Jeremy Sutcliffe reports 
The upsurge in smartphone ownership is helping to feed teenag...

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Making the facts fit the story: decoding ICT 'evidence'

Making the facts fit the story: decoding ICT 'evidence'

Nesta's new "Decoding Learning" may have stirred a response it wasn't looking for
"Something is going wrong.” The message from Nesta on its new report on technology in schools ...

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