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The Digital Turn: Empowering the Caribbean’s Teachers

When: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 09:30 - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 10:45
Where:
https://unesco-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlceyuqTsuGdN8dTvl-CpOEeUbMcXvjnqH
Timezone:
America/Jamaica
Organizers:
  • International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030
  • UNESCO Kingston

Please register here for the webinar.

Background

The Covid-19 pandemic forced teachers to implement blended and distance learning modalities, often without sufficient guidance, training or resources. Not all teachers in the Caribbean received minimal training in digital skills. Even in contexts with adequate infrastructure and connectivity, many educators lack the basic skills in ICT, and they struggle with their own ongoing professional development. Improving teachers’ digital competences is key to the teaching profession, to design quality distance learning as well as to their own professional development. UNESCO ICT competency framework (2018) emphasised the importance of training teachers on ICT competencies in pre-service, in-service, and on on-going professional development. According to the framework 6 aspects need to be addressed on teacher training on ICTs (Understanding ICT in education policy, curriculum and assessment, pedagogy, application of digital skills, organization and administration, teacher professional learning) at three levels; knowledge acquisition, knowledge deepening, and knowledge creation. Thus, training teachers on ICTs is a complex and demanding area that must be unpacked and should be addressed comprehensively.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO and Blackboard Academy, though funding and coordination by way of the German: Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the University of the West Indies, Caribbean Center of Educational Planning (UWI-CCEP), respectively, have joint efforts to improve teacher training in digital skills. 

This webinar will be based on the project, based on train-the-trainer model, in the Caribbean to draw lessons from the regional experience and highlight the need and unpack the complexities of teacher training on the pedagogical use of ICTs. That experience will work as a starting point to connect the challenges of teacher training on ICTs at a global level, referencing the different needs and strategies implemented on ICTs.

Objectives

  • Increase the visibility and disseminate the train-the-trainers project in the Caribbean.
  • Highlight the need and complexities of teacher training on the pedagogical use of ICTs drawing lessons from different experiences and the train-the-trainers project in the Caribbean.
  • Explain the UNESCO ICT competency framework; exploring the 6 areas to be addressed and its different levels by emphasizing the relevance of developing ICT skills on teachers throughout their career.
  • Showcase the mapping of ICT competencies offered to teachers by teacher training course elaborated by the teacher development section at UNESCO HQ.
  • Share experience on teacher training on ICTs in the different countries in the Caribbean and with regional organizations such as CARICOM, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and explore the possible synergies with other strategies on a global level (for example from the Global Teacher Campus).

Modality

This webinar will be the first from a series of online webinars that will take place on the different regions globally. The aim is to connect and share experiences and best practices from the different strategies on the regions.

Photo credit: UNESCO Kingston.

 

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