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Free online ICT courses for teachers, ICT practitioners and anyone passionate about ICT In Education

11.02.2010

Naace, a professional association for those interested in advancing education through ICT, provides free on-line continuing professional development opportunities on this site.

The training modules, written by experts in their field, cover topics that have been identified by teachers as areas where additional training opportunities would be beneficial, including the following:

Assessment of ICT in the Primary Phase
In this course you will learn about assessment and the application of these principles to support learners make progress in the development of their ICT capability.

Online hours: 1.5 Credit hours: 6

Assessment of ICT in the Secondary Phase
This course will take you through some of the issues surrounding assessment of ICT at both Key Stage 3 and 4. Students can look at assessment for learning and then focus on Assessing Pupils Progress and the use of on-screen assessment.

Online hours: 1.5 Credit hours: 6

Developing Higher Order Thinking Skills Utilising ICT
This course looks at what is covered under the collective tag of higher order thinking skills, how ICT can help develop those skills, and some of the ICT tools available to support this development.

Online hours: 1.5 Credit hours: 6

Embedding e-safety in the Curriculum (short course)
This course provides an overview of issues surrounding e-safety and enables teachers to identify opportunities for embedding this in the curriculum.

Online hours: 0.5 Credit hours: 4

Embedding e-safety in the Curriculum (long course)
This longer version of the course above provides an overview of issues surrounding e-safety and enables teachers to identify opportunities for embedding this in the curriculum.

Online hours: 1 Credit hours: 8

Exploring Digital Media
Digital media is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century, for example online video use is predicted to treble by 2013. The ability to create, manage, edit and interpret digital media will become an increasingly important skill. This extensive course takes you from being familiar with the basic categories and types of digital media to investigating the opportunities for young people to access, create and share digital media.

Online hours: 2.5 Credit hours: 12

Finding Digital Resources
One of the most common questions teachers ask is where they can find good quality and pedagogically sound digital resources to use in teaching and learning. This course is designed to help ICT teachers and their colleagues develop strategies to find and access high quality, stimulating and pedagogically sound digital resources to use in teaching and learning and offers pointers on how they can be used. The course also addresses Copyright, Licensing and IPR ((Intellectual Property Rights) throughout enabling teachers to work with confidence and pass on these important digital literacy skills and relevant knowledge to their students.

Online hours: 2.5 Credit hours: 12

High Interaction, Reflection and Peer Assessment Through Online Forums
This course introduces online discussion groups as a method for interactive teaching and learning. It is based on a case study which can be used as a practical example for developing online learning environments. The course leads through the steps for developing online educational forums and offers supportive guides and models.

Online hours: 1.5 Credit hours: 6

ICT Subject Knowledge in QCA Primary Framework
This course is designed to help teachers to become aware of the ICT subject knowledge within the Primary Framework and to understand the techniques and skills required of teachers in order to embed ICT in the individual subject areas. Consideration also needs to be given to the areas of ICT not included in the framework. Participants will be invited to consider the nature of learning (Behaviourist, Constructivist or Situated) and the implications for curriculum design and assessment.

Online hours: 1.5 Credit hours: 8

A number of courses allow guest access, but to fully participate in the interactive elements or access the other courses, you must register on the site.

Undertaking a course allows registered users to gain certificates of completion provided they undertake the number of online hours allocated to each course. Each course also gives participants a number of credit hours towards the Naace Online ICT Diploma. To apply for the Diploma, you must accumulate 30 hours of credits. Online application will be available shortly.www.ictcpd4free.co.uk