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III. NEW ROLES OF TEACHERS IN THE ICT ENVIRONMENT AND HOW ICT SUPPORTS TEACHERS AND NEW WAYS OF TEACHING/LEARNING

How ICT Supports the New Role of Teachers

ICT is Not the Goal (video)
“Why are encouraged to integrate technology into our classrooms? In this video, Tracy Rosen explains why the technology is not a goal in itself, but a set of tools that can help make learning and teaching more engaging and meaningful.” Video produced as part of the DevPro flipped professional development initiative.

“DevPro records pedagogical advice from top teachers and teacher trainers across Quebec, whips up a little presentation, and makes it available for the education community.” (youtube library for use in teacher professional development: http://www.youtube.com/user/theflippedconsultant?feature=watch)

Teachers, Teaching and ICTs
This paper emphasizes that “teachers remain central to the learning process. A shift in the role of a teacher utilizing ICTs to that of a facilitator does not obviate the need for teachers to serve as leaders in the classroom.”

Recommended:
*** ICT and reducing teacher workloads
This report describes the findings of a UK study into the benefits of ICTs for teachers and the ways ICTs can reduce time spent performing administrative tasks. Suggestions for teachers looking to reduce their workload include investing time in training and sharing resources and knowledge.

*** Supporting teachers with technology: don't do today's jobs with yesterday's tools
This article presents the concepts underpinning hopes that ICTs can fulfill their promise and help prepare teachers for revolutionizing education, especially in meeting the demands of growing populations in developing countries.

*** Technology for teacher support
While many essays and articles focus on the technical role ICTs play in teacher professional development, this paper discusses the ways in which technology can help motivate and inspire educators, and help with day-to-day difficulties.

Other Useful Sites:
Systematic Planning for ICT Integration in Topic Learning

This article shows the steps of planning lessons which integrate ICTs. One sample lesson plan on energy scarcity in Singapore is shown in the Appendix, and this format can be used for planning any lessons.

The ICT Impact Report: A Review of Studies of ICT Impact on Schools in Europe
This article shows overall impact of ICT on school in Europe and one of its sections focuses on the benefits experienced by teachers in Europe through the use of ICT.  It also contains some of the recommendations for maximizing the positive effects of ICT use.