A key vision of the Department of Education under the Digital Strategy for Schools (2015-2020) was the creation of communities of practice or ‘collaboratives’ to consider and plan for the best practices in the implementation of the Digital Learning Framework. The creation and support of digital collaboratives is a key area of work for PDST / PDST TiE.
But what is a Community of Practice or Collaborative?
“A community of practice is not really a thing, but rather a process in which social learning occurs because the people who participate in this process have a common interest in some subject or problem and are willing to collaborate with others having the same interest over an extended period.
The product of this process is the sharing of ideas, the finding of solutions to common problems and the building of a repository (in the participants and in the group) of available and new expertise.”Kirschner P & Lai K (2007)
The PDST Digital Technologies advisors support digital collaboratives in developing their vision and actions, and with CPD where necessary. Within Phase 1 of this programme, 293 took part, forming 22 digital collaboratives at primary level and 13 at post-primary level. A geographical breakdown of our digital collaboratives can be seen below.
Some 293 teachers are involved, forming 22 digital collaboratives at primary level and 13 at post-primary level. A geographical breakdown of our digital collaboratives can be seen below.
|Primary Digital Collaborative||No in Group||Post-Primary Digital Collaborative||No in Group|
|DigCoP P1: Dublin A||8||DigCoP PP1: Munster||5|
|DigCoP P2: Dublin B/Dundalk||7||DigCoP PP1: Munster||8|
|DigCoP P3: Dublin C||8||DigCoP PP2: Carrick on Shannon||10|
|DigCoP P4: Dublin D||7||DigCoP PP3: Cork||10|
|DigCoP P5: Laois||8||DigCoP PP4 . Cork/Tralee||6|
|DigCoP P6: Carrick-on-Shannon||9||DigCoP PP5: Drumcondra A||7|
|DigCoP P7: Mayo A||9||DigCoP PP6: Drumcondra B||6|
|DigCoP P8: Mayo B & Sligo||7||DigCoP PP7 : Dublin C||9|
|DigCoP P9: Kilkenny||7||DigCoP PP8: Monaghan/ Cavan||10|
|DigCop P10: Cork A||15||DigCoP PP9 : Navan||8|
|DigCoP P11: Cork B||15||DigCop PP10 : Midlands||5|
|DigCoP P12: Tralee/West Cork||7||DigCoP PP11: Connaught||10|
|DigCoP P13: Galway||9||DigCoP PP12: Wexford/ Waterford||7|
|DigCoP P14: Munster||7||DigCoP PP13: Southeast||7|
|DigCoP P15 :Athlone||5||Total Teachers:||108|
|DigCoP P17 :Navan||11|
|DigCoP P18: Waterford||8|
|DigCoP P19: Wexford||10|
|DigCoP P16 Monaghan/Cavan||10|
|DigCoP P20: Donegal A||6|
|DigCoP P21: Donegal B||6|
|DigCoP P22: Kildare||6|
How to get involved
Phase One of this programme (represented above) has been completed. Phase Two will be opened in the 2022/23 school year with expressions of interest advertised through the Education Centre Network.