UNESCO releases Portuguese version of Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers
Published by UNESCO in 2011, this publication has been identified as a valuable resource to be translated into Portuguese in order to serve as a reference for the integration of media and information literacy (MIL) in teacher education in Brazil. The Portuguese translation has been produced in cooperation with the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro (UFTM).
The UNESCO Office in Brasilia has identified the need to enhance teachers’ ability to incorporate MIL in the classroom. This is necessary for students to become equipped with competencies to enjoy the full benefits of freedom of information and access to information through media and information and communication technologies (ICT). This need has been among the priority strategies of UNESCO’s Brasilia Office since 2008, when the UNESCO three-volume publication on ICT competency for teachers was translated into Portuguese. It was recognised that MIL can contribute to giving greater context to ICTs in education, taking ICTs training beyond technical skills. MIL and ICTs related training are now inextricably linked.
During 2011-2012, the UNESCO Office in Brasilia monitored the interest of Brazilian teachers in improving their competence in MIL and in technology applied to teaching. During the period, the number of visits to the Office’s web page on ICT in education in Portuguese reached almost 30 000, while the series on ICT competency for teachers registered 23,627 downloads.
In 2012, UFTM, which offers a Master’s Degree Education Research Programme titled “Teacher Education and Digital Culture”, identified the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum for Teachers as a key resource to be translated into Portuguese. UFTM financed the translation, printing and distribution of the publication, while UNESCO was in charge of proofreading, editing and design. Both will disseminate the publication among partners, educators, teachers, students, networks and other stakeholders.
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