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How can technology be used to facilitate teacher teamwork?

Digital Co-Teaching

Vantaa, Finland
Technological progress changes teaching. At best, digitalization makes teachers’ jobs easier. With the Digital Co-Teaching, information and communication technologies can be genuinely welcomed to assist the teacher and promote co-operation between teacher teams.
Introduction

What is it all about?

“It’s time to harness digital tools to help teachers!”

Markus Humaloja, Veromäki School

The world is increasingly technological, which is reflected in the change of teachers' work. Schools and teachers’ work environments are digitalized and the introduction of new digital equipment can sometimes complicate teachers' basic work. In this model, teachers’ work is made easier by using technology as a key tool for co-planning.

In Digital Co-Teaching, four teachers teaching the same grade plan the year together. The planning will be primarily done using cloud-based applications, which enables sharing tasks, easing workloads as well as personal planning.

The starting point for the whole model is the platform, that is modified for teachers, students and guardians. The platform includes all learning-related electronic materials as well as teacher and student evaluation tools all in one place. However, the whole learning community must have access to digital tools. 

During the following academic year, the materials can be easily exported to teachers teaching the same grades. These teachers can develop the materials even further. This is how teaching materials are improved and defined along the way.

The electronic environment also serves as a channel for communication across the whole community, where teachers and students work together. In addition, guardians can follow the learning and evaluation process through the files shared with them.

The model was first developed at Veromäki school during the 2014–2015 semester. It is part of a larger framework of ​​individual learning.

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Innovation Overview
TEACHERS
Target Group
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Children/Users
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Country
2016
Established
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Organisation
287
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Tips for implementation
Committing for at least one semester, forming a team of two or more teachers, G Suite or Office 365 or an equivalent.
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Innovativeness

Digital Co-Teaching combines modern digital tools with the on-going development of teachers’ job duties.

Impact

Teaching materials are improved through openness and better database management.

Scalability

The model can be used in various kinds of online platforms, although it requires longer commitment.

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01
Assembling your teacher team
The team can consists of two teachers or more. The main agenda of the team is sharing the workload through teamwork.
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Creating your digital co-working environment
All teachers in the team have to be capable of managing the platform, which is planned and created together.
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Working methods, the content of the shared work and the divisi...
Agreeing on working methods, the content of the shared work and the division of tasks are a continuous process and these can be modified along the way.
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Continuous development of co-operation
In addition to the work and tools, pay attention to the teamwork itself.
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Transfer of knowledge and materials
At the end of the academic year, it is good to “polish up” the material and transfer it to the teachers teaching the same grades in the following academic year.
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Interested?
If you are interested in the model, contact Veromäki School teachers’ team!
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