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As one of Australia’s leaders in remote learning and training teachers to use educational technology, Dr Sarah Prestridge is comfortable thinking ahead of the curve.
Dr Sarah Prestridge
When politicians were deciding on whether to shut down schools to limit the spread of COVID-19 in early March, she anticipated the once unthinkable, a mass shift of mainstream schools to remote learning.
“I thought to myself, teachers aren’t prepared for this. But they’re certainly very capable people and that’s when the rapid response videos emerged,’’ she said.
Within 24 hours, Dr Prestridge and Dr Denise Cox, a then PhD candidate from the School of Education and Professional Studies produced 16 short-form videos for teachers faced with the daunting challenge of teaching students through a computer screen and a webcam.
“The videos were developed to build teacher confidence and introduce them to key concepts in the research. We focused on turning teachers into learning engineers with the ability to use a range of digital tools to actively engage students.”
Within hours the teaching community took notice and a week later they had 15 more videos responding to specific questions and topics from teachers across Queensland.
Dr Prestridge said their approach to …
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