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January 2008

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UNESCO Announces ICT Guidelines
UNESCO has said it will showcase its guidelines for teachers to enable them use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve education world wide.

Developed in co-operation with Cisco, Intel and Microsoft, as well as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), the guidelines or the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers have been designed to help educational policy-makers and curriculum developers identify the skills needed by teachers to harness technology in the service of education.

The guidelines consist of three parts — a policy framework explaining the rationale, structure and approach of the project; a competency standards modules structure which crosses the components of educational reform with various policy approaches to generate a matrix of skill sets for teachers and implementation guidelines providing a detailed syllabus of the specific skills to be acquired by teachers within each skill set or module.

US state of Indiana unveils teacher education project
The government of Indiana has announced for an ambitious national programme to improve the quality of teachers and the education schools in the state.

The programme has been created by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation which will be funded by a USD10.1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment. Under the programme, an initial group of 80 new math and science teachers will earn master’s degrees in education at Ball State University; Purdue University; Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; and the University of Indianapolis.

Eventually, the programme would educate 400 Indiana teachers per year. After testing the program in Indiana, the Wilson Fellowship Foundation will expand to other Midwestern states and then nationwide. The goal of the program is to both improve teachers in schools with poor performance and to change the ways that teachers are educated in general, said Arthur Levine, president of the foundation.

MyKnowledgeMap supports Moodle for community e-Learning
The UK located web-based knowledge systems provider MyKnowledgeMap has integrated new modular e-Portfolio Multi-Port into the Moodle course management system (CMS) in anticipation of its increased uptake by the educational sector.

Designed to help educators create quality online courses, open-source freeware Moodle CMS is used by universities, schools, companies and independent teachers. From a single-teacher site to a university with 200,000 students, Moodle is currently registered to nearly 36000 sites from over 200 countries. Geographically dispersed tutors and learners can set, respond to and discuss assignments, and collect and assess evidence of their competences via a single online portal using Multi-Port. Students access the programme in the workplace using a combination of e-learning materials, residential delivery and online support. The programme draws upon the workplace to structure and inform the development of learning materials and integrates work-based learning and academic study through work-based projects and assignments.

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