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Partnering with Cisco, Intel and Microsoft, UNESCO launched ICT competency standards for teachers


UNESCO guidelines for teachers to use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve education will be presented to education ministers from more than 100 countries and to the press at the Moving Young Minds Conference in London on 8 January.

Developed in cooperation with Cisco, Intel and Microsoft, as well as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers have been designed to help educational policy-makers and curriculum developers identify the skills teachers need to harness technology in the service of education.

UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Abdul Waheed Khan, and representatives of UNESCO’s private sector and academic partners in developing this project, will present the standards at a Press Conference at the Thames Suite of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster (8 a.m.) and, at 9.00 a.m., to Education Ministers.

“The ICT Competency Standards for Teachers provide a tool that will help policy makers and teacher training developers plan their use of information and communication technologies,” the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, said. “These standards consist of modules that will help trainers prioritise their needs and design training curricula adapted to specific requirements and resources, reflecting UNESCO’s conviction that countries must occupy the driver’s seat of educational planning.”