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UNESCO and Intel jointly train teacher educators on ICT integration

Without questions, the advance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has dramatically changed educators’ paradigms in terms of universal access to education, equality learning and teaching, policy-making, and education management. Educators have found themselves in new pathways of teaching, which upgrade their capacities. Long distance is not an obstacle anymore when students living in remote areas can study through the Internet and online community. 

With these innovations, ICT has great impacts on education not only in terms of how to effectively provide education but also in terms of how to effectively reach education and study.    

Through the collaborations of UNESCO, Bangkok and Intel Asia Pacific, and supported by Korean-Funds-in-Trust, the first Regional Teacher Education Institutions (TEI) – Resource Distribution Centres (RDC) Training Workshop was held in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2012. Twenty-eight lecturers and officials of TEIs from 15 countries in the Asia Pacific participated in the Workshop, together with three UNESCO Field Officers from India, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.  

This four-day regional workshop on 3-6 July was divided into two parts: the Intel Teach Elements Project-Based Approaches Course; and Teaching with UNESCO ICT Multimedia tools. The participants were being trained to understand and apply project-based approaches in the 21st Century classroom such as project training and project assessment, and to use ICT pedagogy-integration of UNESCO’s free multimedia resources and interactive tools into teacher’s actual lessons.  

All participants were representatives of UNESCO Resource Distribution Centres (RDCs), which are actively engaged in distributing resources throughout the Asia Pacific region. In the Asia Pacific region, ICT in Education resources and tools have been published, in a form of seven CD-ROMs, and approximately distributed more than 30,000 copies by UNESCO Bangkok and the RDCs over the last five years. 

Sani Alhaji Garba, PHD-research fellow at Universiti Sains Malaysia and workshop participant, said: “I think this workshop is very useful on the issue of how, when, and where to integrate ICT.”   

The workshop was designed as an interactive course for participants to practice and reflect to each other through training, and this also was a great opportunity for people working in the education sector to share their experiences, challenges, and obstacles they faced, and how to utilize ICT to upgrade their views on education.  

Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok, said in his opening remark that “I hope that this workshop leads to more active and effective dissemination of the resources through discussing together and coming up with some innovative ideas of using the resources in teaching and learning. Eventually I would like to see that this workshop becomes a good seed to grow into ICT-integrated curriculum for pre-service and in-service teacher training in your respective organization and will be replicated in the future.”

Watch a short video clip with statements by the facilitators and participants