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A Workshop to develop ICT and coaching skills of Asian teacher educators
From 15 to 19 October, UNESCO holds a workshop in Kunming, China, which brings together teacher educators from across Asia to develop their skills in integrating ICT into education.

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A Workshop to develop ICT and coaching skills of Asian teacher educators

15-10-2007 (Bangkok)
A Workshop to develop ICT and coaching skills of Asian teacher educators
From 15 to 19 October, UNESCO holds a workshop in Kunming, China, which brings together teacher educators from across Asia to develop their skills in integrating ICT into education.
The “Regional Workshop on ICT-integration for the Next Generation of Teachers” will provide an opportunity for teacher educators to discuss issues relating to the integration of ICT into teacher education and to participate in the Microsoft-sponsored Peer Coaching programme.
The workshop is being organized by UNESCO as part of the Next Generation of Teachers (Next Gen) project, in co-operation with project partner, Microsoft, and with the collaboration of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, East China Normal University, and Yunnan Normal University.

As Dr. Molly Lee, Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) at UNESCO Bangkok, explained, “The Next Gen project aims to build the leadership and management capacity of TEIs (Teacher Education Institutes), facilitate integration of ICT into the curricula in TEIs, and build the capacity of instructors to utilize ICT in teaching. This workshop will assist teacher educators to develop their knowledge about integrating ICT into teaching at their respective TEIs and will enable them to gain the skills required to coach their peers in the area of ICT-integration.

According to Vincent Quah, Director of Public Sector Programs, Microsoft Asia-Pacific, “the Peer Coaching programme is designed to train teacher educators to act as coaches for their colleagues. As coaches, teachers will assist their peers to develop the necessary technological skills and instructional strategies needed to integrate technologies into teaching, thereby enabling their colleagues to offer students engaging, technology-rich learning activities”.

The goal of the Next Gen project is to enable the next generation of secondary teachers in the Asia-Pacific region to exploit the benefits of ICT for enhancing teaching and learning. Through this project, teacher educators in TEIs across the region will learn a variety of instructional approaches utilizing ICT and will gain the flexibility required to bring the benefits of ICT into classrooms and improve the quality and reach of education.

The Regional Workshop on ICT-integration for the Next Generation of Teachers will be followed by another workshop, in April 2008, which will focus on curriculum development.

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