UNESCO INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY COMPETENCIES
Participating in knowledge-building learning environments, educators are acquiring and
mastering their own teaching skills, especially those aligned with the UNESCO framework for
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) competencies.
This framework outlines the competencies that teachers need to integrate ICTs into their
professional practice, emphasizing the role that ICTs can play in supporting major education
focus areas across growth phases of knowledge acquisition. As one progresses through these
phases, the activities demand greater higher order thinking skills. They move from basic
comprehension on issues relating to ICT to finally reinterpreting educators responsibilities
to leverage ICTs in unique ways. It also provides a lens through which to integrate ICT into
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The activities supported by the Knowledge Building Community of Practice dovetails with the goal
of professional development for K-12 teachers: to ensure opportunities that improve the craft of
teaching with tools to do so, while providing data that school systems can use in determining
whether students learn more as a result. 21CTL activities also contribute to professional development
and training research bases. We adapted Daele´s Model of Professional Development as a cycle for
our Community of Practice, where educators - teachers, principals, tech support and other faculty
members - can be trained, use the tools, methodologies and resources, make references to literature,
case studies and best practices, and interact with each other on an ongoing basis. The KBIA
Community of Practice supports interaction between partnered teachers, who meet periodically
through videoconferencing to examine student work on the Knowledge Forum from the collaborative
classroom project around a common issue or theme chosen for the 21CTL, brainstorm ways to
instruct students who haven’t yet mastered standards, and evaluate results. This ensures that
teachers both have enough time for professional development and work to improve their own
practice. It also sustains an interactive professional development program that guides educators as
they learn to use minute-to-minute and day-by-day strategies to integrate assessment into student
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To participate in Videoconferencing you will need:
• For individual participation: a headset with a microphone for best results
• For group participation: a microphone and separate speaker
• Internet access using any browser
To participate in the Knowledge Forum through the Internet you will need:
•Mac users: G3, G4 or G5 (at least 800 MHz) / OS X OS 10.3 or better preferred /Java 1.4.2 or later using any
of these browsers: Safari 2.0 or better preferred, Mozilla, Firefox, with plug-in
using any of these browsers: Mozilla 1.7.13 or better, Firefox 1.5 or better, or Internet Explorer 5.o or better
To participate in the Knowledge Forum on a local server:
• Linux users: Pentium III Processor (at least 128 Mb RAM); Red Hat Linux 7.2 or later; Data Backup Device.
Optional: Darwin Server
Principals bringing in the knowledge-building model to their schools help their students learn,
progress and achieve.During the KBIA Principals Academy Training, participants will learn the
tools of the knowledge-building trade:
• School Transformation Readiness Assessments help principals assess their current level of readiness for
implementing the knowledge-building model at their school;
• Performance Measurement Tools determine how the model impacts student learning and achievement
outcomes through assessment tools and teacher satisfaction surveys;
• The Principal's Observation System helps record, store and analyze data from the knowledge-building model
to base decisions over time;
• The Technology Assessment Plan determines the level of readiness in terms of hardware, connectivity
and equipment required for successful implementation of the knowledge-building model.
The iPortal E-Learning System supports distance teaching and collaborative learning. Teachers can upload their own
curriculum or tap into a reservoir of material.
Teachers are the key to our success. By joining the KBIA Community of Practice, teachers can:
• Utilize the knowledge-building model to follow the required curriculum;
• Assess student learning, either individually or classroom-wide
• Be partnered with a colleague teaching the same subject matter to the same age group of students;
• Access resources that supports the acquisition of 21st Century skills.
Leadership that makes the difference
in the model's success
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PEER - TO - PEER NETWORKING
The KBIA Community of Practice partners teachers with teachers, principals with principals,
technology staff with their colleagues, and teaching aides with other auxiliary staff at partnered
schools for continuous learning.
Access to the iPortal E-Learning System supports distance teaching and collaborative learning.
Regularly-scheduled video-conferencing allows partners to communicate, share resources and
plan joint programming and curricula. Attendance at the Knowledge Building Summer Institute
allows partners to meet face-to-face and learn the tools of an efficient knowledge-building
classroom or after-school project.
Principals bringing in the knowledge-building model to their schools help their students learn, progress and achieve through knowledge building
can acquire the needed skills to transform their schools into vibrant 21st Century learning environments by attending the KBIA Principals Academy
Training, also held during the Summer Institute. Breakout sessions include:
• School Transformation Readiness Assessments help principals assess their current level of readiness for implementing the knowledge-building
model at their school;
• Performance Measurement Tools determine how the model impacts student learning and achievement outcomes through assessment tools
and teacher satisfaction surveys;
• The Principal's Observation System helps record, store and analyze data from the knowledge-building model to base decisions over time;
• The Technology Assessment Plan determines the level of readiness in terms of hardware, connectivity and equipment required for successful implementation of the knowledge-building model.
AN OPEN MARKETPLACE FOR RESOURCES
One of the membership benefits offered by KBIA is being able to buy, sell, and share original
educational materials in downloadable formats. This service provides users with an online
marketplace to buy and sell educational materials and teaching content directly from and to
each other. Content can also be mailed directly from the creator. The marketplace also
features many free resources or links to great sources of information and material resources.
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Workbook activities and badging projects
Foreign language resources
Conference proceedings and academic papers