Professional Development of Teachers How to organize the teacher development?
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Table 2. How to organize the teacher development?

A1

Basic concepts of ICT

– to identify and understand the functions of the main components and of various peripherals of a typical information and/or communication system

– to understand the main functions of the systems software environment in relation to the main generic applications software

It is necessary to know basic principles of ICT and the use of ICT, for personal development, but also for coping with the development of the students and teachers daily life context.

A2

Using the Computer and Managing Files

– to use the main functions of the systems software environment and to utilise its features in relation to the main applications software being used

This is also a basic Unit necessary for all teachers to be able to use ICT for their own purposes and to help students to use ICT.

A3

Word Processing

– to use a word-processor skilfully and intelligently to produce various readable and structured documents

This is the most commonly used application of ICT. It is helpful to make documents (letters, tests, assignments, etc.) for teaching purposes and to be able to help students in using word processing.

This Unit is necessary for all teachers, but especially relevant for the subject areas Languages and Human Sciences.

A4

Working with a Spreadsheet

– to understand and make use of a prepared spreadsheet

It is always amazing how people love to see the possibilities of using a spreadsheet for very simples personal uses: calculating figures of students, paying taxes, etc.

However this Unit is especially relevant for the subject areas Natural and Human Sciences and for Mathematics.

A5

Working with a Database

– to understand and make use of a prepared database

Most of the information systems that are in use nowadays (e.g. the school administration) are based on the principles of databases.

So, to work with the school database gives the necessity to have an understanding of the underlying principles.

However this Unit is especially relevant for the subject areas Natural and Human Sciences.

A6

Composing Documents and Presentations

– to make and use graphical (re)presentations

As has been said for Word Processing it is very relevant to all teachers to be able to make documents for all kinds of purposes.

However, when teaching is also about getting students motivated teachers should be able to use graphics in their documents and to make a nice presentation as a teaching aid or for an evening for parents.

So this Unit is necessary for all teachers.

A7

Information and Communication

– to understand and be able to communicate with the computer on-line with sources of information as well as with other people

Using e-mail and the information and communication facilities of the Internet is as usual nowadays as using the telephone and library. And no one argues about the necessity for teachers to be able to handle those features.

More and more we see Local Networks emerge in schools, for which the relevance of this Unit is unquestionable.

So this Unit is necessary for all teachers.

A8

Social and Ethical Issues

– to understand the social, economic and ethical issues associated with the use of ICT

– to explain the current situation and trends in computing against the background of past developments

To expect a certain attitude from students towards ICT aspects of privacy, copyright, viruses, etc. does give a need for the same attitude from teacher: they should give the good example.

So this Unit is actually necessary for all teachers.

However this Unit is especially relevant for the subject areas Human Sciences.

A9

Jobs and/with ICT

– awareness of the nature of change of jobs in the own discipline and of the teacher profession itself and the way ICT plays a role in these different jobs

It is part of professional development and attitude to know what the changes are (with respect to ICT) in the profession in the teacher own subject area as well as in his or her own profession as a teacher.