This information-rich website contains several components that are highly pertinent to teacher education and ICT, in particular its collection of web portals and its virtual library.
The growing list of portals includes those developed by the UNESCO Bankok Regional Bureau, as well as those developed by other organizations. Two portals most relevant to teacher education and ICT are its portal on ICT for Teacher Training and the portal on ICT for Education in Asia-Pacific.
ICT for Teacher Training
This gateway to Internet resources and websites, dedicated to training teachers in utilizing information and communication technologies to enhance their teaching skills, contains sections on:
a ICT in Education
b Teachers’ Roles in the ICT Environment
c ICT Training Strategies and Online Courses
d Integrating ICT into Teaching
e Teaching Ideas, Lessons and Curriculum Materials
f Educational Software/Courseware
g Using Internet Resources
h Electronic Collaboration
i Bringing Your Classroom Online
j Evaluation Tools and Indicators
ICT for Education in Asia-Pacific
This second portal promotes initiatives within the Asia and the Pacific Program on ICT in education and is funded through the Japanese Funds-in-Trust. Included is information on different dimensions in the use of ICT in education, ranging from ICT policy development in education; integration of ICT in both formal and non-formal education; professional development; collection, processing and dissemination of innovative practices and successful approaches; to the development and application of a set of indicators to evaluate the impact of ICT use in education. The portal also serves as a clearinghouse for a wealth of resources arising from ICT-based education programmes throughout the region and elsewhere, organized under the following sections:
a Projects in ICT
b ICT Policy and Strategy
c ICT in Teaching/Learning
d ICT in Professional Development
e ICT Indicators
f ICT Resources
g Links to other ICT-based Education Programs
2 Virtual Library
The IPS Virtual Library contains links to a wealth of worldwide electronic information resources, from many different sources, on topics dealing with education, social and human sciences, culture and communication. This website facilitates virtual access to library resources without being physically present in any library or information resource centres.
The Virtual Library offers over 1,000 website links to bibliographic, full-text and statistical databases in specific subjects related to various aspects of education, social and economic issues, gender, population, social, science, culture, health, HIV/AIDS, and related areas. It also contains links to libraries and archives; full text electronic journals and periodicals; Internet references; and reference materials such as atlases, encyclopaedias, dictionaries and maps.
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