The utilisation and application of Digital Technologies / Information and Communications Technologies in Education (ICT) in the teaching practice can make a significant contribution and bring positive results to the teaching and learning process.

For this reason, in the last few years, significant investment has been made worldwide in the development of computer and network school infrastructure as well as in the development of digital educational material. However, this investment cannot bring change without the support of parallel, presumably more significant and to the point, actions for the upgrading and modernisation of the corresponding knowledge and skills of the teachers, who constitute the “driving force” of the educational system.

In Greece, the need for primary and secondary school teachers to develop basic ICT knowledge and skills was originally approached during 2000-2004, through the initiative known as A-Level ICT Teacher Training. This was later followed by the in-service Training of Teachers in the utilisation and application of Digital Technologies in the teaching practice, known as B-Level ICT Teacher Training and addressed basic specialty teachers: Philology-Language, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Informatics, Primary Education and Kindergarten Teachers.

The project “In-service Training of Teachers in the utilisation and application of Digital Technologies in the teaching practice” (B-Level ICT Teacher Training), implemented by the Computer Technology Institute and Press (CTI) – “Diophantus” (in particular by the Directorate of Training and Certification of CTI) acting as the beneficiary, in collaboration with the Institute of Educational Policy (IEP), constitutes the continuation, and further development of the integrated training for the utilisation and application of Digital Technologies in the teaching practice (B-Level ICT Teacher Training) which is being updated, upgraded, enriched in content and extended to all teacher disciplines.

The development and implementation of the new B-Level ICT teacher training concerns two levels of knowledge and skills:

a. “Introductory training for the utilization of ICT in school” (B1-Level ICT teacher training, 36 teaching hours) and

b. “Advanced training for the utilization and application of ICT in the teaching practice” (B2-Level ICT teacher training, 42 teaching hours and additional 18 hours for preparing “in-class practice”)

The combination of these two levels equals to the acquisition of knowledge and skills corresponding to the integrated training for the utilization and application of ICT in the teaching process (B-level ICT teacher training).
B1-Level and B2-Level ICT teacher training addresses primary and secondary school teachers of all specialties and disciplines.

Training programs are being implemented all around Greece in Teacher Training Support Centres of the TTSCs Registry by cluster of similar-related disciplines and specialties.

Four (4) “clusters” for teachers of similar or related specialties have been foreseen for the introductory training for the utilization of ICT in school (B1-Level ICT teacher training)” and consequently the development of four (4) distinct courses, whereas for the advanced training for the utilization and application of ICT in the teaching practice (B2-Level ICT teacher training) 13 clusters for teachers of similar or related specialties and equal number of courses have been foreseen, towards a greater specialisation and deepening of the program in specific areas of cognitive subjects.

The lessons are being conducted by B-Level ICT teacher trainers / educators drawn from the Teacher Trainers Registry, once a week, outside school hours, in the form of three-hour sessions, in groups of 10-15 people.

In order to meet specific training needs (e.g. teachers from remote areas, areas with a small number of potential trainees or with a shortage in teacher trainers/educators as well as teachers who serve in Greek schools abroad), part of the training programs are being implemented following the blended learning model (i.e. a combination of synchronous distance learning sessions, asynchronous distance learning activities and where possible, a few face to face meetings).