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The “Advanced course for the utilization and application of ICT in the teaching practice” (B2-Level ICT teacher training) is the continuation of the “Introductory training for the utilization of ICT in school” (B1-Level ICT teacher training) and guides teachers through deepening their knowledge and skills at the level of integrated teacher training for the pedagogical use of ICT in the teaching practice (B-Level ICT in-service training).
It is addressed to primary and secondary school teachers of all disciplines and specialties who, as a prerequisite, have previously successfully completed B1-level ICT teacher training and received the corresponding certification.
It is in the scope of the training for participating teachers to:

  1. Extend and deepen their knowledge, skills and competencies in their area of expertise, regarding the educational use of web 2.0 environments and the Internet in general by combining the use of a variety of digital resources and media, with emphasis on the resources made available by the Ministry of Education,
  2. Acquire knowledge in their specialty, regarding the design and use of educational software and environments of various types, the conditions, the possibilities and the limitations imposed by their didactic use, always in combination with the necessary reorganization of the school class in order to achieve the best educational result as well as added pedagogical value,
  3. familiarize themselves with the general characteristics of digital systems that are relevant to their specific area of expertise,  and their interactions so as to be able to integrate their teaching practices into a wider context and to be able to cope critically and productively with new learning tools and the rapid technological developments in the field of information and communication technologies as they are being integrated into the education system or into the day-to-day practice.

The aim of the B2-Level ICT teacher training is for teacher trainees to:

The B2-Level ICT teacher training programs are implemented in groups of 10-15 teachers of the same or similar-related disciplines and specialties (clusters of teacher disciplines) and are carried out by B-Level ICT teacher trainers all over Greece, during non-school hours, with the responsibility and hosting of the Teacher Training Support Centres (TTSCs). Thirteen (13) "clusters" are envisaged for the B2-Level ICT teacher training to include all teachers’ disciplines and specialties, as follows:

 

CLUSTERS B2 – Level ICTCluster TitleSpecialties – disciplines of teacher trainers
CLUSTER Β2.1 Philology Philology-language teachers, theology teachers
CLUSTER Β2.2 Physical Sciences Physical sciences (Physicists, Chemists, Biologists, Geologists, Physiologists)
CLUSTER Β2.3 Mathematics Mathematicians
CLUSTER Β2.4 Informatics Teachers of Informatics and other ICT related specialties of technical education
CLUSTER Β2.5 Primary School Education Primary School Teachers
CLUSTER Β2.6 Kindergarten Kindergarten Teachers
CLUSTER Β2.7 Foreign Languages French, English, German, Italian, Spanish Language Teachers
CLUSTER Β2.8 Arts and Music Teachers of Music, Arts and other relevant disciplines of technical education (Graphical Arts, Photography, Decoration, Maintenance of Artwork etc.)
CLUSTER Β2.9 Physical Education and Health Physical Education and Health related specialties / disciplines of technical education
CLUSTER Β2.10 Educational Engineering Engineers and in general, Technological specialties / disciplines of technical education
CLUSTER Β2.11 Economy, Management and Social Sciences Economists, Business Administration Teachers, Accounting, Law – Political Science Teachers, Sociologists, Political Economy Teachers, Teachers of Home Economics etc.
CLUSTER Β2.12 Professionals working with Land Agronomists, Vegetable and Animal Production teachers, Forestry and other related specialties / disciplines of technical
CLUSTER Β2.13 Special Education Teachers of Special Education in primary and secondary education

 

The program consists of 42 teaching hours, activities and tasks as well as of 18 hours of additional support meetings for “in-class application of ICT” (i.e. 60 hours in total). It has got a duration of 12 weeks (i.e. a three-hour session taking place once or twice a week, depending on the cluster, with each three-hour session corresponding to a training session or a support meeting or asynchronous distance-learning activities of similar duration, appropriate for completing assignments, studying material, receiving feedback – mentoring etc for trainees and trainers correspondingly).

Supporting meetings are part of the program and take place for the preparation of the teachers for the “in-class application of ICT”, which takes place on a weekly basis inside the school classroom.

This process aims in the optimum assimilation of the knowledge and skills acquired by the teacher trainees, since drawing experience from practical application in class makes training more efficient by offering feedback. On the other hand, the process aims in the direct and massive transfer of the results from the training process to the end recipients (beneficials), the pupils. During the “in-class application of ICT” phase, teacher trainers will assume an active, supportive and guiding role to the teachers they train, thus contributing their experience in selecting or developing the appropriate educational activities with ICT, in the more effective implementation of these activities within the classroom and in the timely resolution of any problems that may arise.

In order to be able to meet the “in-class application of ICT” obligation, teacher trainees participating in the B2-Level ICT teacher training will have to be active, in-class school teachers at the time of their training.