Unit 1 - Introduction to interactive teaching and the use of ICT

From OER in Education

“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” (Chinese proverb)


This is the first unit in our programme. The unit offers an introduction to interactive teaching with and without ICT. It introduces the idea of “plan-teach-reflect”, as well as lesson planning to include interactive activity. The unit covers the following aspects:

  • What is interactive teaching?
  • ICTs in interactive teaching.
  • Effective use of ICTs, including basic use of netbooks, browser, and images / slideshows (also in OpenOffice Impress).

The aims of Unit 1 are to

  • understand principles of interactive teaching - with and without ICT,
  • see illustrations and discuss issues involved in implementing it,
  • think about changing one’s own practice, and
  • develop ways of working with colleagues to reflect on practice, share ideas and trial new strategies.

The unit also introduces the most significant change technique, and at the end of this unit, we look at the Leadership for Learning principles.

The unit is presented here in five "sessions", each approximately two hours long (when used in a workshop setting), but you may want to divide the material to suit your own setting (see "how to use this resource" for more details).