Teachers get £5.6m for technology training


Teachers get £5.6m for technology training

Rebecca Thomson

The government has earmarked £5.6m for training teachers in how to bring technology into the classroom more effectively.

The Open University and the IT sector's skills council, e-skills UK, launched the government-funded initiative, which will help to help build teachers' IT skills and enable them to stay up-to-date with technological developments.

The fund aims to help teachers to keep up with the technology their students are embracing, and there will be a particular focus on providing them with first-hand experience of the ways IT is used to drive innovation in business.

Distance learning, face-to-face events and an online community will be used to deliver the initiative's material.

The programme, funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families, "will help teachers of all subjects make effective use of ICT as an inspirational and effective learning tool and boost the technology skills of their students," according to a statement from e-skills UK.

Karen Price, CEO at e-skills UK, said: "To prepare young people for successful futures, we need to transform the way technology is taught and used in education. This places new demands on the skills and knowledge required of teachers."

Professor Brenda Gourley, vice-chancellor of the Open University, added: "From Facebook and Wi-Fi, to iPods and YouTube, today's school pupils are some of the most technologically savvy people in society. We are looking forward to helping teachers become even better at harnessing the potential of technology in their own classrooms."

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