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Second Training Workshop for Teacher Educators

Teacher educators participating in the workshop. © UNESCO / Molly Lee

29 August - 2 September 2005: Bangalore, India

One of the aims of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific ICT in Education programme is to build the capacity of teacher educators to integrate appropriate ICT into the teaching-learning process. With this aim in mind, UNESCO convened the second “National Training Workshop for Teacher Educators” from 29 August to 2 September 2005 in Bangalore, India.

The workshop was attended by 23 senior teacher educators from colleges of education, regional institutes of education, and universities throughout India. The participants learned about various aspects of integrating ICT into education, and the topics covered in the programme included regional guidelines for ICT-integration, competency-based standards for teacher training in ICT integration, productivity tools in teaching and learning practices, and ICT resources for teachers and teacher educators.

Held as part of the  Teacher Training project implemented by the UNESCO "ICT in Education" Unit (funded by Japanese Funds-in-Trust), the workshop was organized by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. Key players in ICT in education, namely, Intel, Educomp and NIIT were invited to share their experiences with the participants.

Feedback from the participants was quite encouraging. 95 percent of the participants found the overall approach of the training to be “excellent”. All participants (100%) said that the materials provided during the training were excellent.

In their capacity as teacher educators, the participants were expected to organize further training activities for their colleagues, trainee-teachers and teachers in the community on this topic. With this aim in mind, the participants developed action plans for these follow-up activities.

It is expected that the outcome of this kind of training programme will provide a multiplier effect to enable teacher educators to train other teachers to use ICT effectively in the classroom.