Communities of Practice can support teachers to stay updated and embrace the digital transformation in their classrooms

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An editorial from David Young published by EdTech magazine suggested that one effective strategy to drive digital literacy and high-quality education in classrooms is to support the growth of networks of teachers, or ‘Communities of Practice’ (CoPs). CoPs are groups of individuals who share a passion or interest and interact to share knowledge and develop projects. These groups have a shared purpose, an engaged community, and an ongoing intention to collaborate.

In a constantly evolving context where students are meant to learn about digital literacy, computational thinking and cross-cultural skills rapidly, CoPs represent an opportunity to keep pace with developments. In online or offline groups, teachers can learn about new technologies, brainstorm ideas to enhance the classroom experience, and eventually share their learnings with students.

Given the fast pace at which technology is currently changing, the article hits on a highly important aspect of digital literacy, which is staying up to date. This is only possible by embracing life-long learning, and group-based alternatives such as CoPs can certainly make the task easier.

Source: EdTech Magazine