A Global Perspective: Current Trends and Issues in ICT for 21st Century Education.
Around the world educators, policy makers, and others share a universal goal to ensure that all learners reach their full potential; we seek best practices to prepare educators and leaders to improve student learning, prepare learners for their futures, maintain current educators’ knowledge and skills, increase student engagement, and integrate learning technologies into their curriculum. Questions have been raised regarding the role of practicum, appropriate curriculum, and use of technology in this preparation and for ongoing professional development. The discovery and sharing of a purposeful and systemic plan will require many educators to work together, share lessons learned, and invest energy in promoting policies to bring about changes. This paper brings together updates from experts from around the globe; each contributor has extensive experience and knowledge to share from his/her country’s perspective. The purpose of this paper is to share what these individuals know from their experience, and to generate a discussion within our educational community on questions of future research, learning from each other, and identifying opportunities for collaboration.