In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed on November 15, 2011, in view of improvement of quality of education at the UNESCO Associated schools by installation of the newest educational and information technologies, and assisting countries in developing gender-sensitive teaching and learning materials that promote the equal participation of women and men in society and at work, the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) in close cooperation with Cisco Systems, Inc. organized a joint training course “IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software v4.0” for teachers of the UNESCO Associated schools of Moscow and Moscow Region, face-to-face mode of which took place from 12 till 17 December 2011 in the IITE premises (Moscow, Russian Federation).
This course provided an excellent introduction to the IT industry and in-depth exposure to personal computers, hardware, and operating systems. Participants learnt the functionality of various hardware and software components and best practices in maintenance and safety issues.
Participants who completed this course can describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. They also can connect the Internet and share resources in a network environment.
Hands-on lab activities were an essential element of the course. Through hands-on lab activities participants learnt how to assemble and configure computers, install operating systems and software, and troubleshoot hardware and software problems.
In support of this, virtual learning tools were integrated into this course. The Virtual Laptop and Virtual Desktop were stand-alone tools designed to supplement classroom learning and provide an interactive “Hands-on” experience in learning environments with limited physical equipment.
Finishing the course 13 teachers from UNESCO associated schools and 2 IITE representatives (13 women and 2 men) received IITE UNESCO Certificate of Attendance as well as an International Certificate of the Cisco Academy.
The knowledge and skills acquired by participants will help to all of them in future professional activity and will promote further development of the information educational environment for the UNESCO Associated schools in the Russian Federation.