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ICTs and Teacher Competencies

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UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education


Current work on defining teacher competencies in ICTs has produced a clear understanding of what teachers need to know. Current data on young people suggest a strong need to effectively use ICTs in their education. Despite these facts, the lack of effective use of ICTs in schools remains and can be traced to a lack of professional development opportunities for teachers. The purpose of this brief is to identify the policies that are needed to take teacher ICT competency work to the next level. We suggest that policies focused on the use of ICTs for effective professional development can accelerate worldwide progress in teacher ICT use. We also suggest using exemplary policies at the national and local level to inform policy makers worldwide.

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