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Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and UNESCO partner up to establish ICT Competency Standards for Teachers


UNESCO teamed up 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), to set up the ‘ICT Competency Standards for Teachers’ (CST) project. The goal of the CST project is to provide guidance on how to improve teachers’ practice through ICT.

Within a sound education setting, teachers can enable students to use technology to become better information seekers, analysers, problem solvers and communicators.

Governments, experts and practitioners in the education sector increasingly recognise that information and communication technology (ICT) can play an important role in supporting educational improvement and reform.

The first phase of the project was completed in late 2007 and a set of three booklets ‘Competency Standards for Teachers’ launched in London on 8 January 2008 at the Moving Young Minds conference, an international seminar hosted by the UK government for education ministers and policy makers.