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UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers – Version 2.0

An updated publication designed to help training teachers on ways to optimize the use of information and communication technologies in the classroom has been launched early November 2011 by UNESCO in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Learning, Intel and Microsoft.

The ICT Competency Framework for Teachers aims at helping countries to develop comprehensive national teacher ICT competency policies and standards, and should be seen as an important component of an overall ICT in Education Master Plan. 

UNESCO’s framework emphasizes that it is not enough for teachers to have ICT competencies to be able to teach them to their students. Teachers need to be able to help students become collaborative, problem solving creative learners through using ICT so they will be effective global citizens. The Framework therefore addresses all aspects of a teacher’s work.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, launched the new publication on 31 October at UNESCO Headquarters alongside Sir John Daniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning; François Ledoux, Corporate Affairs Manager of Intel Corporation; Paul Heneveld, Director of Microsoft Corporation’s United Nations Programmes; Janis Karklins, UNESCO’s Assistant Director General for Communication and Information; and Qian Tang, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education.