Kigali, March 2017
ICDL Foundation launched its new ICT in Education module this month, at the ICDL Africa Accredited Test Centre Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. The module is aimed at teachers and trainee teachers, and covers the skills that are needed for effectively using digital technologies in the classroom. It will be available for candidates in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, through ICDL Africa.
ICDL ICT in Education covers topics like incorporating ICT in teaching strategies and using ICT to enhance lesson plans. It is aimed at teachers who already have some understanding of using computers, but who need the opportunity to develop their professional skills in using technology in the classroom. Despite huge advances in technology for the classroom, many teachers report a lack of confidence in their ICT skills, and a need for further skills development.
The module, which is the first ICDL module specifically targeted at teachers, has been created with the input of experts from around the world, and meets the same high-standards that each of the other ICDL modules maintain. It has also been piloted in teacher training in Zimbabwe and Ireland, gaining the benefit of insight from more experts in education.
Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of ICDL Foundation said, “Teachers have the job of making sure the next generation has the skills and education to thrive. Hence, it is essential that we support teachers in developing the skills they need to do their job well. ICT in Education certifies skills that enable teachers to use the best of technology to support their students’ learning.”
During his speech, ICDL Africa General Manager, Etinick Mutinda said “ICT in Education addresses the need for integration of technology in classrooms in Africa”
ICT in Education is the newest Intermediate level module from ICDL Foundation. It joins other modules including Computing, IT Security, Digital Marketing, and Online Collaboration. The ICDL programme is used in education systems around the world, and ICDL certifications are mapped to qualifications frameworks in a number of countries around the world.
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