Thursday, January 8, 2015

UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers


The UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT-CFT) is intended to inform educational policy makers, teacher-educators, providers of professional learning and working teachers on the role of ICT in educational reform, as well as to assist Member States in developing national ICT competency standards for teachers with an ICT in Education Master Plan approach.

Modern societies are increasingly based on information and knowledge. So they need to:
build workforces which have ICT skills to handle information and are reflective, creative and adept at problem-solving in order to generate knowledge
enable citizens to be knowledgeable and resourceful so they are able to manage their own lives effectively, and are able to lead full and satisfying lives
encourage all citizens to participate fully in society and influence the decisions which affect their lives
foster cross-cultural understanding and the peaceful resolution of conflict.

These social and economic goals are the focus of a country's education system. Teachers need to be equipped to achieve these goals, and UNESCO has created an international benchmark which sets out the skills required to teach effectively with ICT: UNESCO's ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.

UNESCO's Framework emphasizes that it is not enough for teachers to have ICT skills and be able to teach them to their students. Teachers need to be able to help the students become collaborative, problem-solving, creative learners through using ICT so they will be effective citizens and members of the workforce.

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