A unit of study for teachers to understand how to use activities in the classroom in a way that will motivate learners, and help them to achieve worthwhile learning outcomes. The objective is for teachers to go about developing relevant and engaging learning activities.
Teachers can design, modify and implement classroom practices that support institutional and/or national policies, international commitments (e.g. UN Conventions), and social priorities.
Melinda dP. Bandalaria (Ph.D) from the University of Philippines Open University (UPOU) lectures on how ICT provides high levels of flexibility for learning. She also looks at collaboration, synchronous vs asynchronous learning, improved access to learning materials via OERs and MOOCs. She calls for teachers to use a 'Flipped Classroom'.
This course has been developed to support the training of teachers to integrate ICT into their teaching practices. The materials, guides and activities are strongly aligned with the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT).
While the course embraces the role ICT can bring to the classroom it is also not held prisoner by the need for high end or sophisticated technology platforms. The course can be deployed in areas of limited or no connectivity via CD ROM or memory stick as most of the resources have been previously downloaded and collected. There are also web and paper based versions of the lessons and guides.
This course uses materials that are Open Education Resources (OER) or free to use for educational purposes, allowing the use and distribution, and in some instances the repurposing of the materials, at no additional cost. (See the Open License tab for more information).
But most importantly we hope the lessons are fun and engaging enough to introduce new possibilities and refresh the participant's passion for teaching and learning.
KICTCFT: Teachers have an in-depth knowledge of national policies and be able to design, modify and implement classroom practices that support these policies. Specific Objectives: By the end of this unit you should be able to:
1] Explain the principles of using ICT in education, 2] Analyze challenges of implementing the principles of using ICT in education, and 3] State solutions to the challenges of using ICT in education.
A unit of study for participants to find, summarise, and review appropriate resources available on websites. The objective is for participants to learn how to apply the skills and knowledge developed in order to search for educational websites and summarise the services available.
Grace Javier Alfonso, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) lectures on 'Teaching, Learning, Research and Extension Through ICT in the Digital Era'. She advocates Open, Distance e-Learning (ODeL), Learner-centered education, continuing professional development, lifelong learning and the sharing of open resources. Her lecture investigates OER and MOOCs and their significance for the Philippines.
The Zimbabwe ICT Essentials for Teachers Course is avaiable as an App for Android phones and tablets. The original course has been reformated to fit on screens of different sizes! The full course is available.