e-Nauczyciel (e-Teacher) is a programme that helps teachers to develop and adjust their methods of teaching to meet the requirements of the global information society and the dynamic developments of ICT in the classroom.
e-Nauczyciel (e-Teacher) adheres to the requirements set out in the ‘Educational Technology Standards’ which were created by the Polish Information Processing Society in 2010.
These standards recommend that teachers should:
- Inspire and engage students in learning and developing creativity:
Use knowledge and skills in your discipline, teaching methods and technology to support students in their educational development and creativity, both in the classroom and in the virtual environment.
- Promote and develop digital citizenship and responsibility:
Create awareness of legal, ethical and social issues, observe legal and ethical standards, and develop coexistence in the information society.
- Use and develop teaching and assessment methods using technology:
Plan, develop and assess experience in developing teaching and assessment methods by using technology and digital resources.
- Work and teach in a global and digital society:
Exhibit knowledge, skills and educational practice by supporting students’ creative and innovative activities in global information and digital society.
- Engage in professional growth and leadership:
Constantly improve, develop and enrich skills to use technology, to teach; exhibit leadership at schools and professional communities; demonstrate effective use of digital technology and educational resources; participate in educational research on the influence of technology in students’ achievements.
The e-Nauczyciel (e-Teacher) programme provides objective certification of teachers’ technical skills and demonstrates that they have achieved a recognised standard.
The certification process is divided into two steps: the theory test and the practical test, which could be achieved in any order:
Step 1 – Theory Test
The e-Nauczyciel (e-Teacher) theory test covers topics in the following three areas:
- Legal, ethical, social and economic aspects of development and application of technology;
- Use of application and educational software in the candidate’s teaching subject;
- Use of educational platforms for blended learning.
Step 2 – Practical Test
The practical test can be achieved through an online presentation or an e-portfolio.
This presentation highlights the teacher’s skills in using technology in the teaching process while working with students in the class and outside of the class. The presentation should provide working examples of the following areas.
Provide an example of a situation when students engage in innovative, individual and group activities. Show how students are able to apply self-learning methods and solutions for real problems they encounter when using the internet and modern media environment. This example should demonstrate the following:
- Students act and think creatively, identifying, solving and evaluating real problems, using internet and modern media solutions. Shows how the teacher is able to help them in finding resources and methods for their activities.
- Students are proactive in on-line social media, and how they cooperate in building social media using different technology and communication tools.
- Students are able to define their own goals, verify them and think about their self-learning process.
Provide an example of teaching methods that use technology, according to the specified objectives contained in the core curriculum. This example should demonstrate the following:
- The teacher is able to use technology to provide an individual teaching process based on students’, needs including special needs that occur while working with some students.
- The teacher is able to plan and provide classes where students use ICT to implement interdisciplinary projects.
- The teacher is able to create, adopt and use digital resources according to the student’s needs.
- The teacher is able to use different communication channels while implementing the teaching programme in the class and the teacher also knows how to raise the interest of students in using those channels by themself.
- The teacher is able to design and provide the student’s skills assessment using ICT tools and methods in an efficient and purposeful manner.
Highlight areas of professional development. This example should demonstrate the following:
- The teacher systematically raises his/her skills in ICT usage, participating in various forms of education.
- The teacher cooperates with other teachers, exchanging experience and ideas using emails, discussion groups, forums, messaging applications and other communication tools.
- In cooperation with the head master, other teachers, parents and local society, the teacher implements development and usage of technology at school.
- The teacher compiles, in his/her work, the results of research into the impact of technology on students’ achievements. The teacher modifies and enriches the teaching program according to these results.
To confirm that the requirements for a certified e-teacher are met, this e-portfolio should include:
- At least three lesson plans (45 min each), which are supported by information and communication technologies, and completed with a justification how the use of technology contributes to raising the level of activity and increases students' achievement;
- Documentation proving that he or she conducted classes based on these scenarios and documents: These will allow for the verification of the use of technology, teacher activity and students’ activity.
Teachers applying for the e-Nauczyciel (e-Teacher) certificate may receive guidance from a teacher who applies to obtain the e-Nauczyciel (e-Teacher) Expert certificate, or from an e-moderator, in the areas of education methodology.
For more information about the certificate please contact ECDL Poland.