IC-Teacher – Rationale
The project builds on several national and international studies regarding teacher’s ICT skills. These studies identify a need for continuing education especially for the group of teachers that have been in service for more than 20 years. It is well known that this group of teachers make little use ICT for their teaching activities, preferring to use traditional. methods. This attitude prevents teachers recognising the potential the new ICTS (Information and Communication Technologies) have for the teaching and learning process.
In various studies (e.g.: Benchmarking Access and Use of ICT in European Schools, 2006) show a need in teacher training regarding ICT. The report reflects that teachers in each of the participating countries face specific challenges and deficiencies with regard to the use of ICT:
- one third of European teachers are not feeling confident in the use of text processors
- two thirds of teachers are not able to use electronic presentation tools
The project aims at promoting the use of ICT in primary and secondary school classes. With ICTeacher the seeks to provide an appropriate ICT qualification system for school teachers. The quality of teaching and learning will be improved, and the job opportunities of teachers will be increased by:
- awareness raising for the need and advantages of adequate implementation of ICT elements in school lessons;
- strengthening of teachers basic ICT competencies;
- development of a course designed to deliver the acquisition of ICT competencies for the pedagogical practice;
- implementation of the course as a European standard ICT qualification for school teachers.
The project has several phases, see below :
- Detailed research and analysis of state of the art ICT integration in school education and specific training needs of school teachers
- Establishing national focus groups with head teachers, teachers´ training bodies and supervisory school authorities; involving them as an advisory and monitoring institution for the project.
- Development of syllabus and tests.
- Development of a blended learning training offer consisting of three main parts:
- Assessment of existing competencies and identification of learning needs and room for improvement;
- Development of ICTeacher course consisting of 4 modules and
- Exam tests.
- Development of a virtual platform with e-Learning environment, specific information and communication tools for the learners and the focus groups.
- Piloting and evaluation of the course in 5 partner countries (Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, Hungary and Denmark);
Incorporation into each of the five European countries education system by:
- Accreditation as ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) foundation endorsed product;
- Cooperation with ECDL accreditation organisations in the partner countries;
- Information campaign in the partner countries;
- International dissemination conference;
- Inclusion of the course as a module in vocational teacher training programme at University of Santiago de Compostela.
- A comprehensive market research and need analysis report; the publication of the results of a survey of activities including widespread interviews with school teachers and detailed qualitative interviews with national focus groups (head teachers, teachers´ training institutions, supervisory school authorities) in each partner country (Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, Hungary and Denmark).
- A profunding blended learning concept and a syllabus for continuing education will be developed.
- A trainer guide for face-to-face sessions
- Development of E-learning materials for the e-learning course
- A pilot test of the ICTeacher programme will be conducted and evaluated to ensure the quality of the ICTeacher programme.
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Fundación Centro Tecnológico de Supercomputación de Galicia
Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
VIA University College – Læreruddannelsen i Århus
University of Westminster
Head bridges to europe
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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