Congenia: Genuine Conversations about topics important to learn

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This presentation summarizes the CONGENIA pilot project, which was implemented in Colombia during 18 months from June 2005 to December 2006. Findings and lessons learned are shared

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Congenia: Genuine Conversations about topics important to learn

  1. 1. CONGENIA: Spanish acronym of GENuine CONversations about topics Important to Learn Project overview, lessons learned revised project Alvaro H Galvis, D.Ed
  2. 2. The problem <ul><li>There are significant failures in elementary education, as measured by national and international tests. Major problem areas include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civic education </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The opportunity <ul><li>Governments are investing in Information and Communication Technologies as a means of leveraging education and culture: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computers and Internet in schools, libraries and community centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information literacy and computers for teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic alliances with private & public sectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International networking: educational portals, content development / localization </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. CONGENIA <ul><li>An ICT-based TPD project focused on helping elementary schools succeed in their educational improvement plans, by means of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building local communities of practice that reflect on their own teaching practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fostering distributed communities of practice that reflect on shared educational problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating genuine conversations in F2F and OL teaching activities </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. http://redes.colombiaaprende.edu.co/fcongenia/home/home.htm
  6. 6. Stakeholders <ul><li>Sponsors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colombian ministry of education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three secretaries of education (Turbo, Atl ántico, La Guajira) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USAID, dotEDU project, via EDC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concord Consortium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metacursos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MoE´s MICT program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher colleges from Turbo, Uribia and Manatí </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Participant regions <ul><li>Per region: </li></ul><ul><li>1 teacher college </li></ul><ul><li>5 elementary sch </li></ul><ul><li>1 coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>25 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>1000 kids </li></ul>Uribia y Manaure La Guajira Manatí, Atlántico Turbo, Antioquia
  8. 8. Modules in the pilot , one per semester Computing literacy Local Communities Of practice and Genuine Conversations Virtual Communities Blended CoP Collaborative projects Video cases
  9. 9. Lessons learned <ul><li>Participation in CONGENIA produces significant changes concerning: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>technologic, pedagogic, communication, and collaboration teaching competences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student attitudes, class participation, and performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commitment over 1.5 years is difficult to get </li></ul><ul><li>Technology mastery has to be a pre-condition </li></ul><ul><li>Video case studies should not be part of the experience, but a way of assessing its value </li></ul>
  10. 10. The revised CONGENIA – 1 year Global collaborative Project: Let´s Know Each Other – online school paper Local Communities Of practice and Genuine Conversations Virtual Communities Problem- based Study groups Blended Communities of practice Video case studies – by regional followers / evaluators

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