B1-Level ICT Teacher training constitutes an introductory 36-hour training course on issues of educational exploitation of ICT and addresses primary and secondary school teachers of all disciplines and specialties.

Prerequisite for the participation in an Introductory Training program for the utilization of ICT in school (B1-Level ICT teacher training) is the certification of basic ICT skills (A-Level ICT skills), with the exception of teachers of Informatics, as well as of the A-Level ICT teacher trainers who are included in the relevant records of previous teacher training projects regarding basic ICT skills1.

The aim of the Introductory Training program for the utilization of ICT in school (B1-Level ICT teacher training) is the acquisition of knowledge and skills for classroom use and exploitation of:

a) new digital infrastructures developed for schools through actions and projects of the Ministry of Education, such as certain digital interactive teaching systems (e.g. interactive whiteboards) combined with educational digital content derived from educational platforms and repositories developed for that purpose,
b) modern general purpose tools and the Internet (including Internet safety issues), through examples and practices, which will make use of all of the above.

The objectives of the teacher training include:
• familiarisation with the characteristics, the function and the efficient use of interactive teaching systems and methods for educational purposes,
• exploitation of educational platforms and repositories which collect and distribute digital material,
• familiarisation with contemporary generic tools as well as the Internet through its new and expanding dimensions, including awareness about safety issues,
• understanding the prerequisites and the possibilities of using digital technologies at school to upgrade the educational process.

The content of the training includes: introduction to ICT educational use, open tools - environments that encourage collaboration and participation in the learning process, presentation, sharing and learning management environments as well as to environments for developing, hosting and sharing educational activities (e.g. Moodle), blogs and wikis, conceptual maps, modern general purpose software with emphasis on Free - Open Source Software, repositories and other educational material platforms created for Greek schools (e.g. photodentro, interactive school books (ebooks), IFIGENEIA, AESOP), special education tools, Internet safety and simple scenarios - activities making use of interactive whiteboards and of all of the above.

B1-Level ICT teacher training programs take place outside school hours, in Teacher Training Support Centres (TTSCs) all around Greece, in groups of teachers of “related” specialties - disciplines (“clusters” of teachers’ disciplines) by B-Level teacher trainers in ICT. Four main clusters have been foreseen, which include all teacher disciplines, including special education, as shown in the following table:

 

CLUSTERS B1 – Level ICTCluster TitleSpecialties – disciplines of trainees
CLUSTER B1.1 Theoretical Sciences and Arts philology-language teachers, theology teachers, foreign language teachers, teachers of music, arts etc.
CLUSTER B1.2 Physical Sciences, Technology, Physical Education and Health physical sciences teachers, domains of technology, professions of land, physical education and health, home economics etc.
CLUSTER B1.3 Mathematics, Informatics and Economics - Management mathematics teachers, informatics teachers, Economists, Administration etc.
CLUSTER B1.4 Primary Education primary school teachers, kindergarten teachers

 

B1-Level ICT teacher training has got a duration of 36 teaching hours and lasts for about 12 weeks (about three-hours per week which corresponds to one face-to-face training session in a TTSC). As a complementary and integral part of the training process, in-between training sessions, trainees carry out small tasks - activities assigned to them by their teacher trainers.

All training material for the B-Level ICT Teacher Training is being made available through the B-Level ICT Teacher Training e-Learning Platform (moodle). The platform is also being used for the development and delivery of educational activities and other relevant project work on behalf of the trainees. It is also being used for communication purposes between the trainees as well as between the trainer and the trainees.

 

Project: “In-Service Teacher Training in the Utilisation of ICT in the classroom”, Measure 1.2 of the InfoSoc Operational Programme and
Project: Training of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in acquiring Basic ICT skills for educational purpose” (A-Level ICT Teacher Training), 3rd CSF / EPEAEK II