I’ve long believed that teacher development, especially when it comes to technology, is best done online and over a longer period than can be accomplished with face to face training courses. Online study gives teachers the opportunity to try out new ideas with their students, think things through, and reflect on what they have learned. Working online, they can also grow within a community of teachers from around the world, learn from each other and share their learning experiences.
These principles have been at the heart of two new courses I have been developing in partnership with CELT Athens. I will be tutoring these courses from September 2012, so follow the link if you would like to find out more.
American psychologist Jerome Bruner is perhaps best known for promoting the concept of 'scaffolding' in teaching but in order to understand this mechanism, we need to briefly introduce the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky and his concept of the 'Zone of Proximal Development'.
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