Professional Development of Teachers A. Emerging ICT Skills and Knowledge
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A. Emerging ICT Skills and Knowledge

Here teachers are developing their ICT literacy, learning how to apply ICT to a range personal and professional tasks. The emphasis is on training in a range of tools and applications and increasing their awareness of the opportunities for applying ICT to their teaching in the future.

ICT literacy is not really different for pupils and for teachers: the basic concepts of understanding and using ICT do contain the same elements. Hence we use here for this basic level of teacher literacy the same Units as for the students curriculum. As stated before these Units do have a parallel with the (European) Computer Driving License. Of course the actual use of ICT will be different for teachers and for students. In Table 1. a brief description is given of the relevant A-Units and also the context for the skills and content of these Units for the teacher in his or her own professional behaviour. We also give a suggestion for the subject areas where the Units are particularly relevant. However, an ICT literate teacher should be familiar with all the Units of ICT Literacy.

A. ICT Literacy

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To give teachers awareness of the necessity to become ICT literate in most countries there is put a lot of effort in public relations around ICT, describing good or emergent practices, organising contests, developing informative Web-sites and so on.

To really become ICT literate on the different Units described there are different ways. Mostly schools are organising meetings and afternoon sessions where teachers can be trained in using the software under the coaching of a colleague teacher, e.g. the ICT-coordinator, the teacher of informatics of an expert colleague. Sometimes a coach is hired from another school or from a Teacher Training Institute. In many countries these institutes and other (private) enterprises provide a range of courses for ICT basic Units. In many countries there are accredited organisations for delivering courses for the (European Computing Driving Licence) ECDL or modified Units especially for teachers. In these case also assessment and testing is provided to get certificates (the «driving licence»).

In some cases learning materials are available on the Internet for self-learning. Some teachers would prefer to just explore the different software tools, but it is advised to organise a way of coaching for these teachers as well to prevent them to lose track.

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