Technology is only as smart as the people using it.
Upskilling your staff won’t just make their lives easier, it will also improve learning outcomes for your students – and save you money in the long term.
Our Professional Learning and Development (PLD) uses the Critical Friends and Mentor models, both robust frameworks based on sound evidence.
Buddies and mentors work together to empower and encourage each other, building on the digital fluency that already exists in your school, and growing capacity at every level.
This starts with a planning session – we’ll work with school leadership to establish the professional learning model best suited to you and your school.
It may include:
Staff workshops (whole staff, groups or teams)
In bespoke on-site sessions, we’ll help your teachers increase their skills, knowledge and confidence in working with your specific systems and technology.
The fun, hands-on sessions are concentrated around short tasks that encourage exploration and discussion. They’re also not reliant on teacher release time – our facilitators work within the school environment.
Critical Friends – in-class modelling, observing and support
Your teachers will have help pairing up and working to encourage and stretch one another. This may mean acting as a sounding board for new ideas, helping hold one another accountable and focused on learning, and offering support. They’ll do this by observing and modelling new teaching techniques in class.
Our facilitators will support the Critical Friends process by demonstrating best practice teaching, modelling and observing.
Save long-term on IT
Centrally-funded PLD (CFPLD) is funded through the Ministry of Education and can help reduce your IT costs in the long term. By upskilling your people’s digital fluency you’ll reduce your reliance on one or two experts, and on IT support. Your people will also be able to make smarter decisions about new software and hardware – something that will have positive flow-on effects at every level.
Expert learning facilitators
- Ministry of Education accredited
- Qualified and experienced
- Sensitive to the needs of participants
- Warm and relaxed
- Well-organised and practical
Choose from the following professional learning options:
- Upskilling in your school’s specific technology and systems
- Making use of devices in the classroom across all content areas in Years 0–13
- Integrating technology into literacy and numeracy programs
- Blooms Digital Taxonomy and SAMR
- Digital Storytelling (device agnostic)
- Motivating inquiry in the classroom for Years 1–10
- NZ Digital Technology Curriculum and Hangarau Matihiko
- Inquiry Science
Schools, ask us about centrally-funded PLD.
Typically, schools receive between 100 and 500 hours of professional learning, which can be used over two years.
Steve visited our school to do some PLD and we didn’t have any relievers to release staff. He arranged to run workshops in classrooms with the teacher observing him modelling digital technology ideas with the children in the class. This proved to be very successful as evidenced by the enthusiastic response from teachers as well as students going home and giving their parents lessons about what they had learned. Teachers, watching Steve at work, realised how easy it was to teach simple concepts through drawing out the ideas from children and then putting the ideas into practice through interactive activities and that’s even before using any IT devices or equipment.
Tim Hocquard, Principal, Waipukurau School
Interested in finding our more about how TTS can support Professional Learning and Development at your school?