This Guide is like a building with many floors – there are the ground floors, a central group of floors and the top floors. On the bottom group of floors you find what technologies are included in ICT; what impact ICT is making on schools, on teaching and on learning; and how, outside the classroom, ICT have changed for ever the world of work and almost every aspect of our daily lives. Students, thus, need new kinds of skills and on these floors you find what these are for the new century.
In the middle group of floors are found models and frameworks that make it easier to navigate through ICT in education. There is a model showing the stages that classes and schools generally pass through in using, adopting and integrating ICT into regular classroom activities. This model can be used to gauge progress by schools and education systems in integrating ICT. A second model provides a framework that helps explain the kinds of learning in what is called e-learning. This model is useful in the classroom in guiding student learning, in aiding the professional development of teachers, and steering course development in the initial training of teachers. On these central floors you find also why assessment of students needs to change for the new student skills, and what methods teachers are beginning to use.
On the top group of floors you encounter many of the newer classroom web tools and resources, where to locate them and how innovative teachers are applying these tools to enhance their students’ learning. You also discover that continuing developments in ICT are further changing the learning environment and how educators are responding in ways that are transforming classroom and school practice. You see, too, on these top floors how yet other web tools can help advance your professional development when you leave this building.