A new chapter for CPD

Sponsored: Gone are the days of dry, irrelevant and pricey CPD courses, as CENTURY launches free, engaging podcasts to address teacher skills gaps

With the Government proclaiming that we are on the eve of the ‘fourth Industrial Revolution’, the students of today will all be entering into a changed economy, catalysed by massive advances in technology. Education should be preparing them for this, but to do so, educators need training. This is where Continuing Professional Development (CPD) comes in. Beyond preparing for the future, simply to maximise their impact in the classroom, teachers need access to high-quality, highly relevant learning materials themselves. However, CPD for both these things comes at a cost: it can be financially challenging and finding time can also be problematic. With the ever-increasing cuts in schools’ budgets, CPD is often the first thing to go. Those teachers that do go often find themselves giving up their precious days to attend CPD which is dry, irrelevant and does not address the skills gaps. This has got to change.

In direct response to these issues, there is a new CPD offering, powered by CENTURY’s artificially intelligent education platform, providing effective education through personalisation.

We’re in the midst of the information revolution, where we have access to a wealth of knowledge and there is no reason why CPD courses shouldn’t be accessed online, anywhere and at any time. The range of short, engaging podcasts have been designed to allow teachers to learn in manageable chunks, whether that’s on their commute or during break time, all the way up to using specifically set-aside time for learning. CENTURY’s advanced platform quickly identifies the most efficient route through content and the most effective method for each individual to learn, and seamlessly provides this to the learner. It is also free for educators, so they can gain the skills they need.

Not only should CPD be more affordable and accessible, it also needs to be relevant. These courses give direct access to exciting and knowledgeable experts in their spaces. The Right Honourable Matthew Hancock, former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, discusses the importance of a teacher’s role in supporting the digital economy. Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary, and Mayur Gupta, CEO and Founder of Career Accelerator – a social enterprise that promotes diversity in digital roles – provide insight and strategies to address gender inequality in digital jobs. This is surely something our learners are going to need to grapple with given that women hold only 11% of executive positions at Silicon Valley companies, and out of the top five tech companies, the highest figure of women employees is still only 20%.

The ICT Evangelist, A.K.A. Mark Anderson features, alongside Sir Anthony Seldon, considering how technology will change education and the world in which we live. Professor Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner-Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab, gives teachers an understanding of what artificial intelligence is and how it can enhance teaching and learning.

It is not just individuals’ knowledge and experience that is leveraged. Teachers will also be able to gain insight from a team of flipped learning experts at Shireland Collegiate Academy, a trailblazer school in using technology for teaching and learning and from several pioneer teachers at JESS (Jumeirah English Speaking School), an innovative British school in Dubai. These teachers share their extensive experience of implementing new technologies in the classroom, providing real-life examples for educators to take away.

Courses offered include safeguarding, e-safety and internet use, flipped and blended learning, applying cognitive neuroscience principles in the classroom, and growth mindset. To sign-up email cpd@century.tech.

To learn more, please visit: www.century.tech

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