Today I was lucky enough to be part of a small group of innovative educators from around Australia at a focus group in Melbourne. We were reviewing the Graduate Teacher Standards of the National Professional Standards for Teachers and elaborating on these in regards to ICT integration.
These standards were developed as part of a project by Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) targeting systematic change in the ICT proficiency of graduate teachers across Australia.
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and The Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), are developing and trialling explicit ICT specific dimensions (elaboration/exemplars/performance indicators) for approximately 60 % of the descriptors in the Graduate Teacher Standards.
This is an exciting project which will shape pre-service education and hopefully bring about an exceptional standard of graduate teachers across Australia.
Despite feeling a little overwhelmed by acronyms, it was great to meet some Twitter friends face-to-face and engage in some stimulating conversation with like minded professionals.
If you are interested in reading the standards, you can view the PDF here AITSL National Professional Standards for Teachers
This is a summary of the standards which broken down into further sub-sections. It was an interesting exercise to reflect on how ICT can be embedded into all of these standards.