Designing Collaborative Teacher Training Curriculum for Using ICTs in Education: Experiences from Peruvian Schools
7 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2014 Last revised: 29 Aug 2014
Date Written: July 4, 2014
In the context of the Americas, there is widespread recognition of the benefits that ICTs offer as tools for learning. While technology can be used to support teacher-training and capacity building, teachers can in turn enhance student learning by integrating quality educational resources. Studies have suggested that on-going and well-planned teacher-training is critical to the successful utilization of ICTs in education. Teacher-training, therefore, requires attention to different types of pedagogical, motivational, and technical factors at various stages of implementation. This study elaborates on the process of designing a collaborative teacher-training curriculum that strategically addresses their varying needs and challenges. The Leer Digital software was developed for use by children guided by teachers. During the implementation phase from August to November 2013, in-school teacher-training sessions were conducted with participating teachers from four Peruvian primary schools. Teachers’ feedback and suggestions are detailed in the findings.
Keywords: Information and communication technology, education, Peru, teacher-training, strategic collaboration.
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