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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

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 Congenia: Genuine Conversations about topics important to learn Presentation Transcript

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