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					              21ST CENTURY TEACHER COMPETENCIES / STANDARDS

               based on UNESCO: ICT Competency Standards for Teacher




Background:

       In the fast changing world of the early 21st Century school. As part of the
changes the role of school and education will also be different both in the educational
system and in the society. Together with them the role of teachers will also change.

The 21st century teacher needs to be prepared to provide technology-supported learning
opportunities for their students and must know how technology can support students’
learning.

UNESCO 21st Century Approach to Education Reform:

       This is based on human capacity development as researched by UNESCO;
applied on the six (6) components of the education system (policy, curriculum,
pedagogy, Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), organization and
teacher training.

Now let us see the expected 21st Century teacher competencies based on the
UNESCO 21st Century Approach to Education Reform:




   1. Technology Literacy – goal is to prepare learners, citizens, and workforce
       that is taking up new technologies so as to support social development
       and improve economic productivity.


       The 21st Century Teacher is expected to:
       a. On Policy – be aware and must practice these policies in practice;




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       b. On Curriculum & Assessment – have firm knowledge of the curriculum and
           assessment standards of a subject and must be able to integrate use of
           technology and technology standards;
       c. On Pedagogy – must know when, where, and how to use technology in the
           classroom (activities, presentation, etc.);
       d. On ICT – must be well verse with basic software & hardware operations,
           different applications, web browsing, etc.;
       e. On Organization & Administration – must be able to use technology with the
           whole class, small groups, and individual activities to assure equitable
           access;
       f. On Teacher Professional Development – must have the technological skill
           and knowledge of Web resources necessary to improve subject matter
           expertise and pedagogical knowledge in support to own development.




   2. Knowledge Deepening – goal is to increase the ability of the workforce to
       add value to society and the economy by applying the knowledge of school
       subjects to solve complex problems encountered in real world situations of
       work, society, and of life.


       The 21st Century Teacher is expected to:
       a. On Policy – must have deep knowledge of national policies and social
           priorities, and must be able to design, modify, and implement classroom
           practices that support these policies;
       b. On Curriculum & Assessment – must have deep knowledge of their subject
           and the ability to apply it flexibly in a variety of situations;
       c. On Pedagogy – must have the skills to help students create, implement, and
           monitor project plans and solutions (since teaching is “student-centered” and
           the teacher’s role is to structure problem tasks, guide student’s
           understanding, and support student’s collaborative projects);



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       d. On ICT – must be aware of a variety of subject specific tools and applications,
            and able to flexibly use this in a variety of problem-based and project-based
            situations; also must use network resources to help students collaborate,
            access information, and communicate with external experts to analyze and
            solve their selected problems;
       e. On Organization & Administration – must be able to create flexible classroom
            environment;
       f. On Teacher Professional Development – must have the skills and knowledge
            to create and manage complex projects, collaborate with other teachers, and
            make use of networks to access information, colleagues, and outside experts
            in supporting their own professional development.




   3. Knowledge Creation – goal is to increase productivity by creating students,
       citizens, and workforce that is continually engaged in and benefit from
       knowledge creation and innovation.


       The 21st Century Teacher is expected to:
       g. On Policy – must understand the intention of national policies and be able to
            contribute to the discussion of education reform policies and participate in the
            design, implementation, and revision of programs intended to implement
            these policies;
       h. On Curriculum & Assessment – must know about the complex cognitive
            thought process, know how students learn, and understand the difficulties
            students encounter;
       i.   On Pedagogy – role is to overtly model learning processes, structure
            situations in which students apply their cognitive skills, and assist students in
            their acquisition;




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        j.   On ICT – must be able to design ICT- based knowledge communities and use
             ICT to support the development of students’ knowledge creation skills and
             their continuous, reflective learning;
        k. On Organization & Administration – should be able to play a leadership role in
             training colleagues and in creating and implementing a vision of their school
             as a community based on innovation and continuous learning, enriched by
             ICT;
        l.   On Teacher Professional Development – must have the ability and inclination
             to experiment and continuously learn and use ICT to create professional
             knowledge communities.




RESOURCES:


(2008). ICT Competency Standards for Teachers. UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.
UNESCO. org. Retrieved from
http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=22997&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

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Szucs, Eva U. (2009). The role of Teacher in the 21 century. Sens Public Revue International
(Webjournal). Retrieved from
http://www.sens-public.org/spip.php?article667




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