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Seventh National Training Workshop for Teacher Educators

© Republic Centre for Informatization of Education

2 October - 5 October 2006, Almaty, Kazakhstan

From 2 to 5 October 2006, UNESCO convened the seventh workshop in a series of national-level workshops being held in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the "Training and Professional Development of Teachers and Other Facilitators for Effective Use of ICT in Improving Teaching and Learning" (ICT in Teacher Training) project.

The four-day workshop, convened in Almaty, Kazakhstan, brought together 34 participants from universities, national teacher training institutes and colleges from across Kazakhstan.

The workshop aimed to give the representatives from the universities and institutes (professors, institute directors and deans) the opportunity to participate in a number of activities designed to raise their capacity to utilize ICT effectively in educational settings.

The workshop began with an overview of the Kazakhstan national education policy, master plan, and major education programmes, provided by Mrs. Gul, the director of the Republic Centre for Informatization of Education (RCIE).

Following this, Molly Lee, Chief of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), described the background of the UNESCO "ICT in Teacher Training" project and introduced the regional guidelines on teacher development for ICT-pedagogy integration which have been developed by UNESCO.

Miao Fengchun, from UNESCO, then introduced several teaching resources which have been produced by UNESCO Bangkok, including an ICT glossary and CD-ROMs (including the "Free and Open Source Software Resources CD-ROM"). Copies of these resources were provided to all participants.

Miao Fengchun then presented information about curriculum frameworks and methods for integrating ICT and pedagogy and about how to use ICT to facilitate expository-based learning, inquiry-based learning, cooperative learning, and resource-based individual learning.

Participants then had the opportunity to have hands-on practice in designing presentations using presentation software.  Each participant prepared a presentation based on the template provided and learned how it can be used to facilitate interactive learning in the classroom.

Participants also actively participated in Webquest activities in which they learned how to locate, download and save web-based teaching resources. In all activities, the trainers demonstrated learner-centered approaches so that the participants could experience the difference it made to their learning ability.

A number of beneficial impacts were observed in the workshop, as described below:

  • Participants remarked that the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, using ICT in a learning environment, enabled them to better understand how useful ICT can be for teachers.
  • By being shown the potential benefits that use of ICT can bring to education, the participants who initially had a sceptical attitude towards ICT gained motivation to use ICT in the classroom, and the workshop thereby led to the beginning of a shift in their attitudes.
  • The participants expressed their appreciation for the useful resources produced and distributed by UNESCO, and the guiding principles they were given.  They remarked that such resources would minimize their need to spend time searching for relevant teaching materials online and would help them to design and implement teaching resources more easily and affordably. 

The workshop was organized by UNESCO Bangkok in collaboration with the UNESCO Almaty office and the Republic Centre for Informatization of Education of Kazakhstan.  The "Training and Professional Development of Teachers and Other Facilitators for Effective Use of ICT in Improving Teaching and Learning" project and the series of workshops is supported by Japanese Funds-in-Trust.

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