LIFELONG LEARNING AS A WAY OF MATHEMATICS TEACHER ICT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

M. Uhlířová, R. Dofková

Palacky University in Olomouc, Faculty of Education (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Lifelong learning is defined as learning that is pursued throughout life: learning that is flexible, diverse and available at different times and in different places. Lifelong learning can develop creativity and individual skills needed for adaptability in a rapidly developing modern society. Teachers are expected to develop as professionals and they need to acquire new knowledge, become familiar with new didactics trends, learn about new teaching and learning methods.

Computers have become a common part of our everyday life. School as an integral part of the society should reflect current requirements of the society and prepare individuals in the framework of the information society which is being formed. ICT implementation into educational reality is not an isolated process equivalent to providing schools with computers. Most teachers use the computer routinely in everyday situations, but a lot of them says they do not know how to use ICT in education, particularly in teaching mathematics.

The contribution deals with partial results of Educational Needs of Mathematics (abbr. as “ENMT“) research and Attitudes towards Computer Assistant Teaching (abbr. as ”ATCAT”) research. We concentrate on the possibility of increasing the level of ICT skills and educational competences of teachers through lifelong learning. The paper describes the proposal course Multimedia in teaching mathematics. The course for students and teachers provides a better view of the possibilities of a meaningful integration of ICT into teaching mathematics.