Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New ICT Competency Standards for Teachers

January 8, 2008 - The ICT Competency Standards for Teachers were developed under UNESCO leadership in cooperation with ISTE, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and corporate partners Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft. Competency standards for teachers are designed to help educational policy-makers and curriculum developers identify the skills teachers need to harness technology in the service of education.

UNESCO and its collaborators introduced the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers along with a set of three support booklets including:
1) A Policy Framework explaining the rationale, structure and approach of the ICT-CST project;
2) A Competency Standards Modules’ Structure which crosses the components of educational reform with various policy approaches to generate a matrix of skill sets for teachers;
3) Implementation Guidelines providing a detailed syllabus of the specific skills to be acquired by teachers within each skill set/module.