GESCI is an international non-governmental organization founded by the UN ICT Task Force in 2003 and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. GESCI works with developing country governments and agencies to holistically integrate ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Systems through professional, institutional and technical capacity building.

The SIPSE Course

Stengthening Innovation and practice in Secondary Education (SIPSE) was identified for the purpose of exploring the innovative use of technology to deliver and enrich teaching and learning in secondary schools in Kenya and Tanzania. The project focus is to enhance teachers capacity in ICT competencies and skills to teach Science,Technology, English and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in secondary schools for the 21st century context and to increase accessto, and quality of teaching and learning materials.

The SIPSE Course and ICT Teacher Competencies

The SIPSE teacher ICT competencies are drawn from the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for teachers (ICT-CFT) and have been contextualized for teachers in Kenya and Tanzania. The course materials will provide teachers with a curriculum pathway to work through two levels of ICT competencies – starting with technology literacy competency materials for ICT application in STEM and moving to  knowledge deepening competency materials for ICT infusion in STEM subject teaching.. 

SIPSE Course Structure

Within the technology literacy competency level there is a set of 3 modules and the knowledge deepening level a set of 2 modules that cover 5 different focus areas – understanding ICT use in policy, curriculum, pedagogy, school organization and administration & professional development. Each focus domain has activities that look at how to integrate ICT into these areas.

This course uses Open Education Resources (OERs) which are free to use for educational purposes – allowing access, use of and re-purposing of open access materials in the development of the course modules and focus on ICT integration in STEM teaching and learning.