Title ICT for Innovative Science Teachers
Project Number 2009-1-PL1-LEO05-05046
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
At the present time there is a widespread desire amongst policy makers in the European Union to promote the use of ICT to assist learning at all levels of education. Many national agencies have identified the need for improving the quality and effectiveness of initial and in-service teacher training related to ICT innovations.
The ICT for IST project was built upon the project IT for US (Information Technology for Understanding Science - 119001-CP-1-2004-1-PL-Comenius-C21) which resulting materials are ideally placed to fulfil this need; they are directed at teachers and teacher trainers and explicitly offer support to help teachers develop their skills in using ICT in their teaching.
The IT for US Pack (result of the project IT for US – program Socrates – Comenius 2.1) was the subject of transfer of innovation. The IT for US Pack contained didactical materials for innovative science teaching with using ICT. The IT for US Pack was expanded by new activities and new languages (German and Czech), hotlinks to online experiments and streamed videos. New ICT for IST Pack was tested during the pilot courses (stationary and e-learning) for science teachers in partner countries (PL, AT, CY, CZ, NL, UK).
The cooperation and exchange of experiences between European partners from six different countries were very important objective of the project. Direct beneficiary of the project were trainers and science teachers of high schools and indirectly their students.
The ICT for IST project aimed to broaden the scope of application of the ‘IT for US' training pack with the view to increasing the international transfer of the teacher training agenda contained therein. It proposed to extend the teaching modules, to develop more ideas for implementation strategies, to increase the flexible use of existing modules across different software systems.
The results of the ICT for IST offer new approaches to teacher training supported by the instructional material, online resources and demonstration videos for use on courses for teachers.
The consortium included four former partners in the IT for US project and two new partners. The fields of partners’ expertise are complementary; some partners are curriculum developers with extensive experience in innovations with ICT, some with extensive experience in teacher training and the pedagogical applications of ICT in science teaching.
Partners tried out the developed materials during the teacher training courses in their countries. The resources were offered on-line to a wider audience of science teachers and teacher trainers.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
material for open learning
open and distance learning
program or curricula
The main product ICT for IST Pack is available as a single DVD. Please contact to the project's coordinator.
The Resource Guide and 12 teaching modules are available in section 'Files'.