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ERIC Number: EJ919327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0816-9020
Using ICT to Increase Professional Connectedness for Teachers in Remote Australia
Reading, Chris
Australian Educational Computing, v25 n2 p3-6 Dec 2010
Connecting with other education professionals is important in supporting teacher learning. Teachers in remote locations in Australia experience a professional isolation due to geographic isolation that makes it difficult to engage in sustained collaborations with other teachers. In a national project ICT was used to assist these teachers by connecting them for the purposes of having reciprocal interactions and developing a sense of community, both of which facilitate professional connectedness. A five-phase Transformative Professional Learning Model supported by the use of ICT, in particular videoconferencing was implemented for teachers in remote locations across five different states of Australian. These teachers reported a sense of an expanded professional connection despite technical issues during the videoconferencing sessions used to support some phases of the model. To improve the sustainability of the connection of remotely-located teachers in the future it is recommended that the model be modified to include videoconference-based connection in each phase rather than just focusing on synchronous inter-teacher communication at the introductory and concluding phases of the professional learning. (Contains 1 figure.)
Australian Council for Computers in Education. P.O. Box 1255, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9349-3733; Fax: +61-3-9349-5356; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
IES Cited: ED544210