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  • 1. Presentation on Localized Content for Digital Learning:Session at e-ASIA 2011 Seminar, Dhaka, Dec1-3, 2011 Welcome to the Presentation on Developing Computer Aided Learning (CAL) materials focusing NCTB contents with local examples Presented by: Masum Billah Mahmuda Yasmin Shaila Program Manager: BRAC Education Lecturer: CFL, BRAC University www.brac.net
  • 2. Introduction• Integration of technology in education is becoming increasingly essential for a nation’s development.• Developing south Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka as well as African countries like Ghana, Sudan have been struggling to introduce ICT in schools for quite some time (Afele, 2003; PNLA Quarterly, 2011). www.brac.net
  • 3. What is Localized digital content? Language evsjvLocalised digital geographical images content context National curriculumSpecified form of digital content related tolanguage, geographical context, national curriculum andencompasses the use of a wide variety of aspects oftechnology such asanimations, audio, graphics, images, videos and so on(knolBETA, 2009). www.brac.net
  • 4. BRAC’s initiative• In collaboration with rural secondary school teachersBRAC developed computer based teaching and learningmaterials, in short CAL.• The localized contents are based on NationalCurriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) specifications. www.brac.net
  • 5. BackgroundNeed assessment of teachers• Communicative English• Mathematical concepts and problem solving• Science concepts and practical aspects. www.brac.net
  • 6. Journey begins• Various aspects of technology was utilised in familiar and local examples www.brac.net
  • 7. Some of the local examples of localised contentsEnglish Pulling water Drum or from well or kua Dhol Ghani Mathematics Balance or Daripalla www.brac.net
  • 8. Some Animations of Local Examples• Science – Metal Non Metal(Blacksmith)• Science – Food and Nutrition (Food Disc)• Mathematics – Locus (Ghani)• English – Let’s Cook (Berger Making) www.brac.net
  • 9. Process of CAL materials development Field Final Test Product Graphics DesigningScriptWriting www.brac.net
  • 10. Orientation to teachers Computer + CD software Mentors or students trained to use CDsin self learning mode in small groups. www.brac.net
  • 11. Implementation Districts / Upazilla Number of Remarks schoolsTangail / Mirzapur 7 PilotGazipur 3Hobigonj 3 Expansion in collaborationBogra 3 with TQIGopalgonj 3Comilla 3Total 22 www.brac.net
  • 12. Classroom setup .Students seated in groups around monitors www.brac.net
  • 13. Classroom setupMultimedia and screen instead of blackboard www.brac.net
  • 14. Achievements•Teachers have remarked that students’ attendance has increased.• Internal monitoring shows that the Secondary School Certificate(SSC) examination results of the pilot schools have improved sincethe CAL programme has begun.•Students vocabulary in English has developed•In mathematics they learn how to use resources related togeometry by watching the way represented in CAL.•They learn the process of experiments from science CAL lessons.•Teachers have become technologically sound.• This exposure to the world of technology has made the teachersconfident not only in subject areas but also in using technology www.brac.net
  • 15. Responses from CAL schools‘I am interested to work in group.’ – a student of class 9‘I like CAL class more than regular class because I can participatethere.’ – a student of class 8‘Geometry is easy to understand when the teacher explains withcomputer.’ – a student of class 9Comments made by teachers and head teachers :‘Simple solution to algebraic formulae attracts students’ – amathematics teacher‘It is easy for the students to learn construction in geometry from thescreen’ – a mathematics teacher‘Students are interested to learn in front of monitors and so thestudents’ attendance has increased and their dropout has alsodecreased’ – a head teacher www.brac.net
  • 16. Challenges• Electricity• Using Computers www.brac.net
  • 17. Implications for contents development and teaching• Responses from the people concerned show thatthere is a tremendous opportunity to provide lively andinstructionally relevant localized contents for teachersand students at secondary level.• Range of the localized contents may be expanded.• For a comprehensive approach localized contents maybe developed for other curricular subjects.• As BRAC has broadened its horizon internationally,CAL programme may be initiated in other developingcountries as well. www.brac.net
  • 18. Thank You www.brac.net