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UNESCO launched project-based learning and telecollaboration in Chinese schools

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09.08.2010

Another successful workshop by the UNESCO Bangkok ICT in Education Programme under the Facilitating ICT-Pedagogy Integration Project took place in Guangzhou, China during July 27-30, 2010, in collaboration with South China Normal University and the Educational Information Centre of Guangdong Province.

The “Capacity-Building Workshop on Project-Based Learning and Telecollaboration” introduced teachers to the Facilitating ICT-Pedagogy Integration Project, funded by the Korean Funds-In-Trust (KFIT), and expanded their horizons on the use of ICT-enhanced project-based learning and telecollaboration. Nearly 100 participants – teachers from 15 schools in Guangzhou and nearby areas, officials from the Educational Information Centre of Guangdong Province, and teacher educators from South China Normal University – attended the four-day training.

The workshop started off with participants learning about components of the KFIT project: capacity building of teachers on ICT-pedagogy integration; designing and facilitating student-centred ICT-based activities; strengthening partnership between teacher educators and teachers; and developing of a whole-school support strategy on ICT integration in Education.

Participants divided into PBL groups according to the student levels to designed projects that allow for student-centred use of ICT, project-based learning and telecollaboration. Extensive project planning sessions were accompanied with peer-evaluation, therefore teachers were able to refine their ideas and finalize concrete and results-oriented projects. Projects that the PBL groups collaboratively planned will be implemented in the schools in three possible scenarios: Inter-disciplinary, Inter-School and Inter-cultural so as to enrich students’ learning experience in meaningful ways. South China Normal University is UNESCO’s partner in this effort to establish stronger relationship between Teacher Educators and in-service teachers through the modality where TEIs guide and supervise school teachers the PBL project implementations.

The training activity indeed benefited participants in their professional roles as they left the workshop feeling more empowered to raise the quality of ICT-enhanced project-based learning and telecollaboration in their schools. As members of the KFIT project, participating schools will contribute to the collection of innovative practices and the research on PBL and Tele-collaboration by the supervising TEI.

The Facilitating ICT-Pedagogy Integration Project, funded by the Korean-Funds-In Trust (KFIT), aims to create an enabling environment for student-centred use of ICT by building a stronger partnership between teacher education institutions (TEIs) and schools using “project-based learning” and “telecollaboration”. For more information and updates, visit UNESCO Bangkok ICT in Education website or contact Dr. Fengchun Miao, f.miao@unesco.org.