The group of teachers who participated in the iSTEP workshop.
PHILIPSBURG–Teachers, school managers and student care coordinators learnt more about Information and Communications Technology (ICT) during two separate iSTEP EdTech Teacher trainings held at National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) from February 13 to 17.
The week was divided into two trainings: a three-day management training and a two-day teacher training.
The management training, which began on February 13, and ended on February 15, for public school managers and student care coordinators was geared towards preparing management for the integration of ICT devices within their schools and their essential role in this process.
Management representatives of other school boards also participated in the training. The management training ended “on a high note,” where the management teams of the various schools “were enthusiastic for the project to commence and to get the programmes and devices up and running in the schools, in order to reach each student at his/her level of interest,” it was stated in a press release.
The two-day teacher training, which began on February 16, and ended on February 17, was for public school teachers who participated in the iSTEP pilot programme. This training was geared towards training the teachers on how to integrate the various ICT devices into their classroom instruction, curriculum and assessment. The teachers will receive monthly follow up trainings which will coach them in the transition from traditional classroom setting to tech-laden classrooms.
“We can’t do anything without your commitment and I hope the energy displayed here today does not fade away,” Head of Division Public Education Glenderline Davis-Holiday said at the end of the teacher training.
Policy Advisor of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs ECYS Fabiana Vanterpool-Arnell, who spoke on behalf of the Minister who could not attend, congratulated teachers, the iSTEP team, and Director and Co-Founder of EdTech Teacher Tom Daccord, on “a successful training.” She encouraged teachers to continue to be enthusiastic and to share on the knowledge gained with colleagues. Vanterpool-Arnell conveyed the Minister’s wish for teachers to be the change they want to see in the classroom by striving to make learning the best time in their students’ lives. “The children are growing up in a technological world and this is their reality. Let us grow with them,” Vanterpool-Arnell said.
Daccord flew to the island to give the five-day workshop. EdTech Teacher is an experienced training company that focusses on trainings that stimulate tech laden environments within the classroom. The trainings were designated for a maximum of 25 persons. The iSTEP team will organise the same training in the near future so that the adjunct school managers and more representatives from the other school boards can also follow the training.
“iSTEP is taking the necessary steps to bring our classrooms into the 21st century – one school, one teacher, and one student at a time,” the release said.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/63873-istep-hosts-edtech-training-for-teachers-school-managers