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Rationale

The project builds on several national and international studies regarding teacher’s ICT skills. These studies identify a need for continuing education especially for the group of teachers that have been in service for more than 20 years. It is well known that this group of teachers make little use ICT for their teaching activities, preferring to use traditional. methods. This attitude prevents teachers recognising the potential the new ICTS (Information and Communication Technologies) have for the teaching and learning process.

In various studies (e.g.: Benchmarking Access and Use of ICT in European Schools, 2006) show a need in teacher training regarding ICT. The report reflects that teachers in each of the participating countries face specific challenges and deficiencies with regard to the use of ICT:

  • one third of European teachers are not feeling confident in the use of text processors
  • two thirds of teachers are not able to use electronic presentation tools