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“Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers with Web 2.0 Tools and 21st Century Skills”

This online course, developed in collaboration with iEARN-USA (International Education and Resource Network), is an initiative of the department of Human Development, Education and Culture of the Organization of American States (OAS).

This course provide educators with tools, knowledge and skills in the meaningful use of information technologies and communication in the classroom. The course purpose is to help teacher educators integrate Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and innovative methodologies in their classroom practice with future teachers.

The course objectives are aligned with UNESCO’s “ICT Standards for Teachers”. The course content centers on ICT integration in the curriculum using a constructivist approach: student-centered methodologies, project-based learning and collaborative online projects. Teacher educators from different countries build virtual learning communities to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences to enhance the preparation of future educators.


  • - Understand the foundations for 21st Century teaching and learning.
  • - Experience hands-on integration of ICT and collaborative learning into teaching practice.
  • - Recognize the benefits of international collaboration and knowledge sharing.
  • - Network with educators in the Americas and around the world who are using ICTs in their classrooms.


“The whole course was for me an eye opener, because I never knew that the Internet would offer all those possibilities, for making teaching and learning such a vibrant, rich experience. I am very thankful to that course for showing me all these new ways” – Course Participant.





“I must admit that I did not have any assumptions about the course other than I will learn something new about computers. I was so off target! This course has enhanced my pedagogical skills in many significant ways. It forced me to reflect on my classroom practices” – Course Participant.





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Methodology and Course Structure

Given that the course is designed under a virtual mode, the contents are developed through learning materials that can be accessed from the Virtual Classroom of the Educational Portal of the Americas and also include a printable version (pdf format), which can be saved in the computer's hand disk and consulted without internet connection.






Getting Acquainted with the Virtual Classroom

  • Logging into the course
  • Password Test
  • Test of Emails
  • Identification of Possible Technical Issues


Welcome and Introductions

  • How to Navigate the Online Course Environment
  • Learning and Communication in the Course
  • Pre-course Self Evaluation topic
  • Introductions: Meet Your Facilitators and Peers
  • Course Syllabus and Expectations 
  • Forum Posting: National Experiences with ICT Integration and Collaborative Project Work


Integrating ICT into the Teacher Education Classroom

  • ICT Integration in the Classroom: Overview and Rationale
  • Need for integrating ICT into Teacher Education: Forum Posting


ICT Collaboration

  • Introduction To ICT Collaborative Project Work Theory and Practice
  • Creating Networks to build Global Learning Communities of Teachers and Students: Forum Posting
  • Introduction to the UNESCO ICT Competency Standards


Collaborative Project Work - Learning Methodologies

  • Types of Collaborative Projects
  • ICT Learning Methodologies:
    1. Student-Centered Learning Approaches
    2. Problem-Based Learning
    3. Project-Based Learning
  • iEARN Resources: Exploring and Categorizing iEARN Projects
  • Identifying Projects to Present to Student Teachers


ICT-Based Online Collaborative Tools: Web.2

  • Introduction to Web.2 Tools: Generalities and Description
  • Google Docs: Building a Collaborative Document
  • Group Task with Student Teachers


ICT Collaborative Project Integration

  • Managing ICT Work in the Classroom
    • Benefits
    • Challenges
  • Legal and Ethical Issues


Collaborative Project Assessment

  • How To Evaluate the Quality of Collaborative Project Work
  • Assessment Options
  • Authentic Performance Tasks
  • Developing Topics



  • Definition and Use of Portfolios
  • Elements of a Teaching Portfolio
  • How to Share a Teaching Portfolio
  • How to Continue Adding to a Teaching Portfolio


Teaching Unit Creation

  • Lesson Plan Integrating Web.2 Tools


Group Online Activity

  • Student-Based International Online Exchange


Evaluation & Saying Goodbye

  • Ideas For Future Collaboration and Information Sharing
  • Final Reflections and Course Evaluation

Requirements to Participate

  • Have computer internet access (high speed Internet connection)
  • Have the basic abilities to use PC (e-mail, navigate in Web pages, download documents)
  • Be in charge of the future teachers and work accordingly with them through the course.
  • Have a minimum of 6 hours a week each for the 12 Instruction weeks.

Evaluation and Certification

The evaluation is performed continuously by monitoring the interventions of the various forums, and by reviewing the proposed activities for each of the modules that form this course.

Participants who successfully complete the planned activities for each module and meet the requirements of the final evaluation, and with the facilitator's approval will receive a Certificate in digital or electronic format from the GS / OAS acknowledging the achievement and completion of the course.

The Program is carried out with the financial support of the OAS Inter-American Committee on Education and the generous contrubution of the U.S. Mission to the OAS