This draft document was shared at the ITTE AGM on 21st June 2017 – feedback is welcomed by the Chair by August 1st
1. Executive Summary
The Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE – www.itte.org.uk) is a national subject association and community of practice which focuses on supporting and representing the views of those involved in training pre-service and in-service teachers. It has a specific focus on improving teaching and learning through the application of digital technologies across all subjects and through the effective teaching of computing as a subject. All of our activities are underpinned by research informed practice.
Our concerns include: the pedagogical application of digital technology by all teachers; developing the teaching of computing and digital capability; and the effective use of digital technology in learning and teaching. We are an independent organisation, with our own internationally recognised journal, Technology, Pedagogy and Education. We have a diverse membership from Higher Education, schools, colleges and supporting organisations. Through our community we encourage and support collaboration between organisations and individuals in developing robust evidence-based practice. We support the dissemination of the results of these activities nationally and internationally through conferences, journals, online publications, books and social media.
Some of our strengths include:
- Working with other professional networks such as:
- Council for Subject Associations
- Computing at School
- Teaching Schools Technology National Committee
- National Association of School Based Teacher Trainers
- UK Forum for Computer Education and Higher Education Academy
- We represent the views of our membership with our Partnership groups, through responding Government consultations, expert subject group, at policy level and through national events.
Community of Practice
- We have a strong commitment to teaching excellence.
- Our Patron is Lord Jim Knight.
- We have a National Executive Committee with members elected from our community.
- Joint statement with Naace and CAS relating to the ICT/Computing curriculum.
- Expertise in Digital Literacies and ICT across all subjects and sectors.
- Facilitating research activities and disseminating high quality research.
CPD and Research Professional Development Opportunities for ITTE Members
- Resources to support the professional development of our members such as through our Annual Conference, online resources, support for new tutors and continuing professional development.
- Knowledge Mobilisation Strategy.
- Shared conference attendance at conferences globally.
- Annual conference for members.
- Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit for the UNESCO Education 2030 Framework for Action.
- Journal, online community of practice, Newsletter, use of social media.
Our vision for 2017 – 2022:
Our vision is that we will become the academic go to organisation for advice on computing and digital technologies in teacher education.
We will achieve this by:
- Influencing policy through engaging with policy makers and influential bodies;
- Influencing practice supporting, disseminating and encouraging members research which underpins innovative pedagogy:
- Supporting our members through professional development leading to confident and enthusiastic teachers with evidence of impact on progression and aspiration of students;
- Developing professionalised teaching through a formalised system of CPD, supported with accreditation and recognition;
- Developing the teaching of computing and digital capability of our members through sharing the innovative use of technologies in learning and teaching supported by effective pedagogy;
- Develop our international membership.and expand our community of practice by widening our membership to all education professionals, including those who mentor pre-service and in-service teachers, subject leaders and those who are responsible for digital technologies in education institutions. Membership is welcomed from reflective practitioners who are interested in evidence-informed teaching and learning;
- Develop our sustainability.
To achieve this vision we will engage in a variety of activities, discussed in the following sections.
3. Measurable Objectives over 2017-2022
Measurable objectives which influence policy through engaging with policy makers and influential bodies:
- Regular communication with government to encourage government liaison with ITTE as before by:
- Annual Summit report to governments globally.
- Invitation to key people, such as Justine Greening, to attend the Summit and conference to speak.
- MP as patron supporting us through tabling Parliamentary Questions.
- Responses to consultations.
- Increasing ITTE citations in references to policy documents.
- Tabling select committee responses.
- Influencing DFE’s new unit.
- Engaging with the select committee as appropriate.
- MP contacts and briefings: formally meet with MPs with a focus on CPD for teachers.
- Contribute to subject associations through CfSA, UCET.
- Partnerships with NAACE and CAS – co-badging and communicating with their members about our journal.
- Contribute to regular press releases and gain journalist support.
Influencing practice supporting, disseminating and encouraging members’ research which underpins innovative pedagogy;
- Revise and update existing professional development materials currently archived on ITTE website.
- Develop and implement a CPD offer.
- Develop and implement CPD opportunities and badging strategy.
Develop our national and international membership through the following:
- Expand our community of practice by widening our membership to include those who mentor pre-service and in-service teachers, subject leaders and those who are responsible for digital technologies in education institutions. Membership will be open to reflective practitioners who are interested in evidence-informed teaching and learning;
- Identify and publicise the benefits of joining ITTE for the different ‘categories’ of members;
- Establish links with similar communities internationally