The Rwanda ICT Essentials for
Teachers course is based on the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers
(ICT CFT). This Framework outlines the competencies that teachers need to
integrate ICT into their professional practice. The Rwanda ICT Essentials for
Teachers course draws from a set of competencies clustered around six major
education focus areas and focuses on the Technology Literacy growth phase of
Registrations & Accounts 45 minutes
Setting up your Moodle account
During this session, we will be setting up your Moodle account. We will be treating you as a 'user', making sure you have 'access' to the correct units and taking your photograph so it can be loaded into your 'profile'. Ideally, your username and password have already been created and the facilitator will provide you with this information. Once you have a username and password 'login' and complete the activity below.
Complete your profile
- Find your username in the top right-hand corner of the screen and click on it.
- Your profile is displayed but it has little useful information for others to see so click 'Edit Profile' in the Administration block on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Fill in the city or town where you work.
- In the text-box entitled 'Description' write a short biography of yourself. Which school do you work? How much experience do you have? What subjects or grades do you teach?
- Look for the 'User Picture' button and upload either the digital photo taken a few minutes ago or one that you have that clearly shows your face.
- Also, click and open 'Interests'. Here load in your hobbies, sports or other interests not necessarily related to work.
- Open the 'Optional' button and if you have a webpage record the URL, Skype address and under 'Institution' include your school.
- Make sure you select the 'Save' button!
Understanding you better
To know if this course impacts you positively we need to understand the current levels of your skills set. We need you to alert us to your abilities. Baseline survey
- Access the link below and complete the baseline survey.
- Rate yourself on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is 'no ability' and 5 is 'master practitioner' for each of the 25 skills.
- Make sure you scroll to the end of the survey and click on the 'submit' button.
So what will this course cover? The ICT Essentials for Teachers (Rwanda) course attempts to help you acquire a number of ICT competencies drawn from the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT). These skills range from basic to intermediate skills and are designed to support pedagogy but also school administration and provide professional development opportunities in the future. Rwandan ICT CFT Course content
Access the document below to see an overview of the Rwanda ICT Essentials for Teachers CFT
course.ICT Essentials for Teachers Course Manual File
15 minutes Getting to know your Facilitators
In this session, we will introduce the team who have been selected to support you through the 14 units of study. We will also identify the units that each facilitator has been allocated to lead. Your facilitators and their contact details
- Access the facilitation list below
Facilitator List and Contact Details File 25.9KB
2. The facilitators have prepared a welcome for you in which you access on their respective units.
90 minutes Getting to know the LMS
Besides workshop, this course is also run online through a Learning Management System (LMS) or platform called Moodle. It is essential that you feel comfortable with the online tools that you will be required to use as part of your studies. This session will be facilitated so make sure you follow online facilitator instructions and ask questions when things are not clear!
Introductions using the Chat tool
Welcome! You might already have met a few people informally but let's introduce ourselves formally. There is, however, a twist. We will introduce ourselves using the Chat tool.
- Access the chat room below entitled 'Introductions'
- Once inside type your name and school and submit your information.
- You will notice that others are there too so go ahead and greet them in the same way.
Was that chaotic! With 30 of you all interacting at the same time it probably was! So how can we use the chat for educational purposes?
- Access the Chatiquette tips below and familiarise yourself with good chat behavior.
Course expectations using the Forum tool
When the facilitator wants you to discuss an issue it is more likely that he/she will use the Forum tool. This tool allows for a more sophisticated discussion. Another advantage is that it is an example of asynchronous communication, that is it's not necessary to have everyone online at the same time. We will use the forum tool to identify your course expectations. What do you think the course will offer you in terms of professional development?
- Access the forum below entitled 'Expectations'
- Once inside find the facilitator's 1st post and click on the 'Reply' button.
- In the text box that appears to type a paragraph identifying what you expect the course to deliver. What are your expectations?
- Once complete go back and see what others have written. Either question or endorse their perspectives by clicking the 'Reply' button attached to their posts.
In each unit, you will be requested to submit an assignment to the unit facilitator. In all cases, the assignment will be in the form of an electronic document such as a word processor file or a presentation. These assignment files need to be submitted within the Moodle LMS. Do NOT send your assignment to the facilitator via e-mail. He or she will delete it! We need to track each file so make sure you know how to use the assignment tool.
Illustrated Profile Assignment 20 minutes
- In 20 minutes use a presentation package and create a 4 slide presentation that tells the facilitator something about yourself: Slide 1 - Name, hometown, school, grades you teach | Slide 2 - Hobbies, sports, cultural interests | Slide 3 - Family - Spouse, children, parents etc. | Slide 4 - Which inspirational historical figure, dead or alive, would you like to spend an hour with and why.
- Save the file with a name like 'SurnameProfile.pptx'
- Use the upload tool below to submit your assignment.
Using your phone and tablet to access the ICT Essentials course
In this session, we will look at how to set up your phones and tablets to support your ICT Essentials studies using both Moodle Mobile and WhatsApp.
Setting up Moodle Mobile
Moodle Mobile runs on three of the main platforms; Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The following are the steps to follow when installing the application on these platforms;
Setting Up the Moodle Mobile App Page
Breakdown of Various Applications to Install File 35.5KB
Course community WhatsApp group
You have been interacting face to face during this orientation course. To continue collaborating during the online phase, we need to form a WhatsApp group. In this group, you will be required to observe online etiquette and chatiquette that you have learned.
- You will need to download the free app on Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS) to your phone;
- Provide your telephone number to the facilitator who will invite you to the course group;
- Accept the invitation to the group on your cell phone.
The following Open Educational Resources (OER) was adapted to create this Orientation unit;
Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Kenya (2016). Kenyan ICTCFT Course: Orientation - - available online at http://kictcft.or.ke/course/view.php?id=18
ICT Essentials for Teachers Orientation & Baseline Survey
by Rwanda Education Board
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