Emeritus Professor and the former Director for International Development in Teacher Education at The Open University (OU) in theUnited Kingdom.
Keynote Speech Title:
"Open Learning, New Technologies and Teaching Teachers- Lessons Learned"
Professor Banks’s keynote address will consider the nature of teacher professional knowledge, illustrate the benefits of open learning for changing classroom practice, consider the use of new technologies to widen the contexts for school improvement and look at some future possibilities. He also shares some of the lessons learned in ‘teaching teachers’.
Professor Frank Banks is an Emeritus Professor and the former Director for International Development in Teacher Education at The Open University (OU) in the United Kingdom. In that post he was responsible for teacher professional development projects in Bangladesh, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. He also directed the innovative on-line initial teacher education programme for the University. Before joining the OU Frank worked as a school teacher of science, engineering and technology in different secondary High Schools in England and in Wales, including as head of department, and as an elementary school advisory teacher in Powys, Wales.
Frank’s research interests are in the fields of teacher professional knowledge, and science and technology education. He has authored or edited 14 books/handbooks for teachers and over 100 academic papers; and acted as a consultant in the professional development of teachers to Argentinean, Egyptian, South African and UK government agencies, UNESCO and the World Bank.