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  • 21.10.2021

The Digital Turn: Empowering the Caribbean’s Teachers

The Covid-19 pandemic forced teachers to implement blended and distance learning modalities, often without sufficient guidance, training or resources. Improving teachers’ digital competences is key to the teaching profession, to design quality distance learning as well as to their own professional development. 

In Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO and Blackboard Academy, through 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  in the Caribbean the project is based on a train-the-trainer model with resources to a self-sustained professional development program.

The webinar The Digital Turn: Empowering the Caribbean’s Teachers will feature key elements of the project 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:

  • Showcase key lessons and opportunities from 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).
  • Share experiences with Abuja office as a similar teacher training project with Blackboard is being developed.

REGISTER HERE.

Provisional agenda:

Agenda

Credit of the photo used for the visual: UNESCO Kingston

Event
  • 21.10.2021

The Digital Turn: Empowering the Caribbean’s Teachers

The Covid-19 pandemic forced teachers to implement blended and distance learning modalities, often without sufficient guidance, training or resources. Improving teachers’ digital competences is key to the teaching profession, to design quality distance learning as well as to their own professional development. 

In Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO and Blackboard Academy, through 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  in the Caribbean the project is based on a train-the-trainer model with resources to a self-sustained professional development program.

The webinar The Digital Turn: Empowering the Caribbean’s Teachers will feature key elements of the project 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:

  • Showcase key lessons and opportunities from 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).
  • Share experiences with Abuja office as a similar teacher training project with Blackboard is being developed.

REGISTER HERE.

Provisional agenda:

Agenda

Credit of the photo used for the visual: UNESCO Kingston

Event
  • 26.04.2021

Conversations on Teaching during COVID-19 Webinar Series

At the end of 2020, the OECD, UNESCO and the Teacher Task Force launched a campaign to hear from teachers around the world about their experience of teaching during the pandemic. We asked them to send in videos describing how they adapted to the crisis, and many wonderful and fascinating insights were shared. These are now publicly available in the Global Teaching InSights platform

To build on this extraordinary work by teachers, we are hosting a series of interactive virtual Conversations on Teaching During Covid-19. Each conversation will bring together a panel of teachers around a common theme to talk more about the challenges they faced and how they have responded in innovative ways.

If you are a teacher or school leader, we invite you join us in these conversations and take part in a deeper discussion on the innovations we saw from teachers around the world. 

Each conversation will be hosted on Zoom Meeting and will be fully interactive, with all participants encouraged to join the discussion.

  • 8 April - Conversation 1: Learning continuity and innovative pedagogy (hosted by UNESCO). Watch the meeting recording.
  • 15 April - Conversation 2: Social-emotional support in a time of crisis (hosted by UNESCO). Watch the meeting recording.
  • 22 April - Conversation 3: Building a stronger profession together (hosted by the OECD). 

Find out more about the starring teachers:

Conversation 1: Learning continuity and innovative pedagogy (Watch the meeting recording)

  • Thomas Harefa from Indonesia shares how he has brought the students back to the center of the teaching practice through self-paced learning
  • Sandeepa Chavan from Ghana shares her experience on making learning fun and enjoyable.
  • Amit Bansal from India shares how he used coding to teach mathematics and geometrics.
  • Seenu Atoll School from the Maldives promotes a creative reading programme for early childhood education.

 

Conversation 2: Social-emotional support in a time of crisis (Watch the meeting recording)

  • Marina Watt  from Hong Kong (China) shares how she created “affirmation cards” that help students focus to positive thinking. 
  • Nana Gulic  from Croatia shares how she developed resources to help students verbalize their emotions and shared them in an online platform.
  • Noemi Baysa  from the Philippines develops a global citizen project
  • Daniel Antonio Jiménez  from Colombia had his students create music with homemade instruments, involving their families as well.

 

Conversation 3: Building a stronger profession together

 

Closing Webinar:  Rethinking the classroom after COVID-19: Insights and innovations from teachers (Register to participate or watch on YouTube)

  • Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD
  • Borhene Chakroun, Director of the Division of Policies and Lifelong Learning, UNESCO
  • Catherine Gregory, Director of Teaching and Learning / Head of English at Cheadle Hume School in the United Kingdom
  • Fernando Mesquita, Educational Leader at a school in Brazil
  • Filipa Matos, History and Citizenship Teacher in Portugal
  • Eirene Christa Luturmas, Elementary School Teacher in Indonesia