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Cisco, Microsoft, Intel and UNESCO help teachers bring technology to the classroom


As part of its mandate to build capacity in education worldwide and enable all students to benefit from high quality teaching, UNESCO initiated, in 2006, a project aimed at providing core standards for the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) into the classroom.

The Competency Standards for Teachers (CST) were launched on 8 January 2008 after two years of development, at the Moving Young Minds conference, an international seminar gathering 100 education ministers from around the world to discuss the role of technology in enhancing education.

Bringing ICT into education is increasingly recognised as important to help students develop the skills necessary to live and work successfully in today’s world, support teachers to improve the learning experience for students through interactive tools and help them provide a stimulating and richer learning environment.

Working in close consultation with technology leaders Microsoft, Cisco, and Intel as well as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), UNESCO developed the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers (CST). The standards provide for the first time a clear set of internationally recognized guidelines on what constitutes appropriate ICT skills and professional development for teachers.