New tool to optimize teacher training for the use of ICT in the classroom
An updated publication designed to help States train teachers on ways to optimize the use of information and communication technologies in the classroom has been launched by UNESCO in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Learning*, Intel and Microsoft.
The UNESCO ICT competency Framework for Teachers aims to help countries develop comprehensive national ICT competency policies and standards as an important component of an overall ICT in education strategy.
The Framework is part of UNESCO’s effort to incorporate technology skills into school curricula, increase the ability of students, citizens, and the workforce to use knowledge to add value to society and the economy, and increase the ability of students, citizens, and the workforce to innovate, produce new knowledge, and benefit from this new knowledge.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, launched the new publication on 31 October at UNESCO Headquarters alongside Sir John Daniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning; François Ledoux, Corporate Affairs Manager of Intel Corporation; Paul Heneveld, Director of Microsoft Corporation’s United Nations Programmes; Janis Karklins, UNESCO’s Assistant Director General for Communication and Information; and Qian Tang, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education.
*an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.