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Digitizing The School’s CPD Program: And Does It Ultimately Benefit The Students?

Continuing Professional Development or CPD is a process of tracking and recording the skills, knowledge and experience that a teacher has gained both formally and informally.

Teachers are the ones who shape the future of their pupils. They teach, engage, collaborate and inspire. They do these in more than one way and every year without fail. In the words of Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, “One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world”. Rightly so, the role that a teacher plays in a larger transformation is enormous. It’s another thing that it mostly goes overlooked.

There is another aspect of a teacher’s professional journey that also goes overlooked at large. It is the teacher’s professional development. The only learning that teachers normally receive is the one that they get while they are in the staff room, having discussions with their peers. Occasionally, they receive workshops. However, these workshops are rarely personalized to meet the teacher’s precise demands.

Well, this is precisely where CPD comes into the picture. A lot of schools have started following CPD or Continuing Professional Development and now is the time to digitize these CPD programs. Doing so will not only unlock a teacher’s true growth potential, it will simultaneously benefit students. Let us try and find out how.

What is Continuing Professional Development?

Continuing Professional Development or CPD is a process of tracking and recording the skills, knowledge and experience that a teacher has gained both formally and informally. This learning is beyond any teacher’s initial training within an institution. It keeps the track of what a teacher experiences, learns, and also how he or she applies them. Conventionally, it refers to the physical file or folder that contains the information about the development of an educator. Some organizations use the term while referring to a training or development plan, which some might argue is not accurate.

What usually happens is that the professional development of a teacher remains in the paper trail. Further, the teachers tend to use their rapport to show CPD improvement to receive promotions. However, since there has been no progress in terms of skills, there is no enhancement in their student training as well. So, there is no effective improvement in classroom learning as well. This is what needs to change.

Thanks to our advances in digital technology, this can be done without hassle. Today360-degree video devices has empowered us to automate regular processes with precision. Video-based systems can be deployed within classrooms to reflect on thethe performance of a teacher.They can analyze everything from the body language to specific details about a section of class to the overall classroom engagement. Further, they can help teachers identify what are the precise shortfalls and help him or her to improve them.

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