UNESCO Media Resources


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In our Teacher Training Resources Post, we introduced to you UNESCO’s Teaching and Learning For a Sustainable Future education programme. In this post, you will find some of the other fantastic resources that UNESCO is putting out on in the area of Education.

UNESCO’s Education for All podcast series provides video podcasts on a broad range of topics: education for a sustainable development, girls education, literacy, inclusive education, and more. Their videos range in length from just over a minute to slightly under half an hour.

The Multimedia section of UNESCO’s website has more of their videos pertaining to Education for All broken down into the following sections: Art education, Basic Education, Culture Education, Education and Development, Inclusive Education, Literacy, and Non Formal Education.

UNESCO has UNESCO TV on YouTube. To get a brief overview of UNESCO’s aims, watch the opening video on their UNESCO TV page which I have also added below.



21st Century Skills Explained


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“Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge.”

Throughout the blog, we have talked about 21st Century Education and 21st Century Skills. The LifeKnowledge in Action Podcast series presented by the FFA (Future Farmers of America) National Organization has highlighted this topic in one of their podcasts. The podcast can be downloaded from iTunes or follow the link below to stream:

21st Century Skills

The first five minutes of this podcast go through the 5 skill areas that are focused on in 21st Century Skills. Below I have listed the five areas, but the podcast breaks these skill areas down even further.

  1. Core Subjects
  2. 21st Century Content — Emerging Content Areas
  3. Learning and Thinking Skills
  4. Information and Communications Technology Literacy
  5. Life Skills

The second portion of the podcast goes through the application of the 21st Century Skills in the classroom. The podcast suggests that teachers encourage students to write Personal Growth Plans.

While the organization that presented this podcast has a agricultural focus, the information presented within the podcast has a much broader application than simply for the agricultural classroom. In just over 8 minutes, this podcast presents the ideas that make the 21st Century Skills, providing explanation without the use of cultural specific examples. I feel that this podcast would be beneficial for many teachers in many different countries and teaching environments because it focuses on the topic at hand without being loaded with specific examples that are hard to translate across countries and cultures.


National FFA Organization. (2009, May 27). 21st century skills [Audio Podcast].LifeKnowledge in Action. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/21st-century-skills/id306286531?i=55248709

An Interview with Salman Kahn


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“Everyone should work on any concept to the point that they are an A+ student.”

Khan Academy has been set forth in the pages of our blog as an example of Open Education Resources. For those of our readers who are not familiar with OER or Khan Academy, here is a podcast that features an interview with Salman Khan. Khan explains the videos and the exercises that he provides through his “organization on a mission.”

Salmon Kahn Interview

Khan has also been to TED and submitted a talk in March of this year. TED provides this talk for download both in audio and video version. If watched from the website, the video version has subtitles in 32 languages.

Ken Robinson — Changing Education Paradigms


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Ken Robinson is a strong voice for change in Western Education — so strong that he was knighted by the Queen of England. He made a speech to the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) which they then animated. This animated video called Changing Education Paradigms presents the problem of a education and asks us to rethink the habits and habitats of education. Robinson says that “we have to think differently about human capacity.”

To hear more from Robinson, listen to FORA.tv’s podcast featuring a speech Robinson made.  Ken Robinson — FORA

Sugata Mitra — Child-Driven Education


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“If children have interest then education happens.” from Sugata Mitra’s TED talk

After recognizing that there are parts of the world where teachers simply would not go, Mitra began to experiment around the world with child-driven learning. In his TED talk, he showcases some of the learning that he saw in students who were exposed to “Hole in the Wall” technology and SOLEs (Self-Organizing Learning Environments). “Hole in the Wall” technology involves computers built into walls in impoverished areas. Children are allowed to play and learn on these computers with limited adult assistance. SOLEs provide groups of students with a place to go and access broadband internet and the ability to learn together.

TED.com is a source that I turn to time and time again. Their talks range from 10 – 20 minutes on all sorts of topics. From time to time, they have some of the big names in education. Ken Robinson has spoken on Creativity and the structure of Education. Daniel Pink has spoken on his studies of motivation. Arthur Benjamin has discussed math education and avenues for change.

TED has made their talks incredible accessible. The website also provides subtitles while the videos role in 35 languages. Transcripts are available on the website as well. They provide downloads of video and audio versions of their talks through iTunes and from their website. Explore the Ted.com page for Mitra’s video to get a sense of the incredible resource that TED is offering (http://goo.gl/hPvF).

Teacher Training Resouces

This post is meant to be the beginning of a comprehensive resource list for all teachers who are interested in international teacher training.  Feel free to comment if there are additional resources that you have found so I can link to them!


Common Wealth Learning: Learning for Development

COL is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.

STELAS: Advancing Literacy in Developing Countries 

The Support Team for Education and Learning Associations, Inc. (STELAS) is a non-profit organization founded in February, 2008 to promote and support higher learning for children in developing countries.  Our current focus is on West and Central Africa, but we plan to extend our services to other developing countries as our organization grows.

The Future of Children

Provides research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children.

International Portal of Teacher Education

MOFET ITEC (International Teacher Educators Community) is a MOFET Institute initiative that is being developed with the aim of contributing to the international community of educators in general and teacher educators in particular. The establishment of MOFET ITEC is based on the principle of sharing knowledge in the field of teacher education and education in general with various communities around the world.

Education International Resources

Education International is the voice for education employees across the globe.

Society For Information Tech & Teacher Ed 

The Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education’s mission is to promote research, scholarship, collaboration, exchange and support.  SITE promotes the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice knowledge through the SITE conference, books, collaborative projects with other organizations, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

Education and Information Technology Digital Library

The vision for EdITLib is to facilitate learning, discovery and innovation by connecting scholarly research on Educational Technology/E-Learning with learning opportunities.

International Teacher Training Organization

ITTO is part of a network of teacher training and language institutes dedicated to providing professional quality, highly practical TEFL/ TESL/ TESOL Certificate Courses where participants develop their teaching skills through a combination of morning input sessions and afternoon teaching practices.

Teacher Training Center for International Educators – Resources

TTC offers a collection of online resources from classroom assessments to leadership tools.

Important Preliminary Articles:

Click here to read the article Meeting the growing Demand for Teacher Education starting on page 9.

Moon, B. (2010) Time for radical change in teacher education Connections February, Vol. 15, No. 1


Schwille, John., Dembélé, Martial.Schubert, Jane. (2007) Global perspectives on teacher learning :improving policy and practice Paris : UNESCO, International Institute for Educational Planning.


Voice of Teachers Journal  

The Voice of Teachers is an online, peer-reviewed journal designed to strengthen the fundamental connection between grassroots teacher professional development, world-class research, and big ideas.  Each issue addresses a theme of pressing importance to teachers.

International Education Journal

IEJ was a  freely accessible (now archived site), full-text, peer-reviewed, international online journal that seeked out clear and significant contributions that furthered debate on educational issues. Education is interpreted in a wide manner and includes human development, learning, school education, formal and informal education, tertiary and vocational education, industry training and lifelong learning. We published articles from teachers, administrators, professors, graduate students, policy-makers, and education specialists from governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Journal of Studies in International Education

The Journal of Studies in International Education (JSI) is the premiere forum for higher education administrators, educators, researchers and policy makers interested in research, reviews, and case studies on all facets of the internationalization of higher education. Each issue brings together the concepts, strategies, and approaches of internationalization, the internationalization of the curriculum, and issues surrounding international students and cross-border delivery of education.

Journal of Research in International Education

The Journal of Research in International Education is a peer-reviewed journal in international education for schools, examiners and higher education institutions throughout the world. The Journal of Research in International Education seeks to advance the understanding and significance of international education. It sets out to undertake a rigorous consideration of the educational implications of the fundamental relationship between human unity and human diversity that ‘education for international understanding’ requires

Teacher and Teacher Education Journal

Teaching and Teacher Education is an international journal concerned primarily with teachers, teaching, or teacher education situated in an international perspective or in an international context.  Teaching and Teacher Education is a multidisciplinary journal, committed to no single approach, discipline, methodology or paradigm. It is concerned with teaching and teacher education in general and devoted to all concerned with teaching.  Teaching and Teacher Education aims to enhance theory, research, and practice in teaching and teacher education through the publication of primary research and review papers including book review essays.

Video Podcast:

Ideas Worth Spreading

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited.  Riveting talks by remarkable people … watch out this site could change your life!

Multimedia Teacher Education Program:

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future (this is my FAVORITE resource!!)

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future is a multimedia teacher education programme published by UNESCO. It contains 100 hours (divided into 25 modules) of professional development for use in pre-service teacher courses as well as the in-service education of teachers, curriculum developers, education policy makers, and authors of educational materials.

UNESCO, and the international community in general, believes that we need to foster – through education – the values, behaviour, and lifestyles required for a sustainable future. Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future is rooted in a new vision of education that helps students better understand the world in which they live, addressing the complexity and interconnectedness of problems such as poverty, wasteful consumption, environmental degradation, population, health, conflict and human rights that threaten our future.

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future will enable teachers to plan learning experiences that empower their students to develop and evaluate alternative visions of a sustainable future and to work creatively with others to help bring their visions of a better world into effect. It will also enhance the computer literacy of teachers and build their skills in using multimedia-based resources and strategies in their teaching.

News Articles: (Regular searching of some of the most popular newspapers will always yield important articles in teacher education.  For ease the ones I search regularly are linked.)

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Wall Street Journal: 

International Teacher Training Program


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“The world needs a literate and environmentally aware citizenry and work force to help guide nations in implementing their sustainability plans. All sectors – including business, industry, higher education, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and community organization – are encouraged to train their leaders in environmental management and to provide training to their workers.”  (UNESCO, 2006)  

“Training informs people of accepted practices and procedures and gives them skills to perform specific tasks. In contrast, education is a socially transforming process that gives people knowledge, skills, perspectives, and values through which they can participate in and contribute to their own well-being and that of their community and nation.  Training is distinct from education in that training is often specific to a particular job or class of jobs.  Training can involves tremendous change in social dynamics and practices.” (UNESCO, 2006)

Below are some examples of the current international teacher training programs.

  1. Peace Education
  2. Emergency Education
  3. Renewable Energy Education
  4. Gender Education
  5. Enterprise & Economic Development
  6. Environment Education
  7. Health Education
  8. HIV/AIDS Education
  9. Leadership/Democracy Education
  10. Youth Education

It is so important for there to be vast diversity in the international teacher training programs.  The focus isn’t only on education as it pertains to degrees and certifications but to things on a social level that inhibit the 21st century learner.  In order to transform individuals through education others aspects such as health, clean water, and nutrition must be competiting priorities to intellectual intelligence in the classroom.  Teachers Without Borders and Academy for Educational Development have revolutionary ideas that are changing lives and the state of education worldwide!

Educator or Teacher?


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What does it mean to teach?                                                                             

What does it mean to educate?                                                                         

What does it mean to inspire?  

I hope this video motivates self-reflection and inspiration.

The aim of teacher training isn’t just to produce the average teacher but to produce the above average Educator.  Educators have social obligations to equip students to be unbiased active participants in society.  Educators should be defenders of truth who enable social change and disseminate accurate knowledge (Rizvi & Lingard 2010).   Appropriate civic knowledge from the educator will motivate civic participation from the learner (Haste, 2004).    The classroom can provide the environment for this participation to materialize.  Since education enables us to know, to do, to live together, and to be the reach of teacher training programs internationally rests on the reflection of this kind of education.


Haste, H. (2004). Constructing the Citizen. Political Psychology, 25(3), 413-439.   Rizvi, F., & Lingard, B. (2010). Globalizing education policy. London: Routledge.

Did You Know??


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If you want to know the history behind the video go to the author’s blog.

What a scary thought: “we are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet… using technologies that haven’t been invented yet … in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”  The world is rapidly changing because of the rise of information and communication technology and the experience of the current student is unlike any era in history.  Globalization is the driving force behind the interconnectedness of our world (Steger, 2009). Globalization is transforming the world in which we exist today, from nation-states, to institutions, to individuals.  Education world wide is having to adapt to these new changes in order to produce the kind of student the world is asking for.

Globalization has universal dimensions affecting everyone.  There have been serious changes to the labor market, the working world, and working individual from what we knew two hundred and fifty years ago during the Industrial Revolution.  Globalization has reconstructed and transformed economic, political and cultural institutions; even transforming the manner in which we think of ourselves and imagine our futures (Rizvi & Lingard, 2010).  With a major shift away from material production to information process, the current economy is characterized largely by science and technology (Rizvi & Lingard, 2010).  This new kind of economy is “knowledge-based, post-industrial and service-orientated” (Rizvi & Lingard, 2010 p.26).  Productivity and competitiveness among nations and individuals are at the root of this economy of technological know-how. In the current ‘knowledge economy’, educational, social, political, and economical opportunities are shaped single-handedly by access to technology.


Rizvi, F., & Lingard, B. (2010). Globalizing education policy. London: Routledge.   Steger, M.B. (2009). Globalization: A very short introduction. Oxford, NY: Oxford

Introduction: 21st Century Education


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In the 21st century, the most perceptive educational thinkers recognize that something new is happening to learning. Models of providing an education that developed to meet the needs of students of the last two centuries, while not irrelevant, are increasingly being transformed and infiltrated by the introduction and integration of new tools and technologies, and novel approaches to work, many of which are now commonplace in business and consumer spheres. The emphasis on collaboration and critical thinking to solve problems, and the flattening of the world of commerce are challenging the fundamental assumptions of what an education must provide to its young people in order for them to succeed or even cope in a complex world. Find out more information here.

This is a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.  Check out his Digital Ethnography for more info.


I found two really great websites that I wanted to list for further reading due to the limitations of this blog.  The first one breaks down in depth what 21st century education in.  If you have any questions or would like to know more I would highly recommend you check this cite out! The other cite I found that I think is really useful is the United States global competence for the 21st century website.  Here you can find how the US is engaging with the world in this global endeavor.