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Identifying key competences for the classroom of the future

iTEC scenarioRelated to the integration of new technologies in schools, teachers’ work is currently changing and their roles tend to modify as the challenges for which they must prepare their students are becoming more complex. A report on teachers' technical and pedagogical skills and competences in the context of the classroom of the future has been recently finalised by the iTEC project. The report explores questions such as: What are the roles of the teachers in the 21st century? What are the competences teachers need to fulfil these roles? What sort of resources and training programmes should our educational systems provide to help them?

The report proposes a framework of these competences based on the distinction of five domains of competence:  

  • digital knowledge;
  • planning & management;
  • classroom practices;
  • professional growth;
  • social & ethical;

and three levels of use - functional, enhancive and innovative.

This framework of competences aims to describe a profile for the educators of the future classroom, driven by the idea that people will be more and more immersed in a networked learning space where anytime-anyplace learning experiences and stimulating new educational tools, practices and environments will be available.

Therefore, iTEC project activities need to take these teachers’ key competences into account at all levels, whether in the development of the learning stories, the prototypes, the support services or the assessment tools.

After presenting possible pedagogical models for the 21st century classroom and reviewing effective European initiatives for teachers’ professional development, the report ends with a set of guidelines addressing iTEC partners and aiming to ensure the successful development of iTEC teachers’ training resources and the optimal integration of ICT in schools. 

The report is downloadable in PDF format here.