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  • 1. EducationalTechnology in Namibia Erkkie and Jake Introduction to LET 21 Sept. 2012
  • 2. Presentation Outline  A snap-shot of Namibia (contextualised)  Contrast between rural and urban areas  Policies on technology in education in Namibia  The current situation  Challenges and opportunities  Conclusion and way forwardEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 2
  • 3. Basic Information Variable Namibia FinlandSize (km2) 824116 338419Population 2.2 5.2(mil)Official English (with Finnish andlanguages over 25 Swedish languages)GDP (USD) 6,826 37,581per capitaGNI Index 70.7 26.8 Educational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 3
  • 4. Rural-urban Contrast  See separate document (Referring to Namibia laying the foundation for change through ICTs)Educational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 4
  • 5. Technology in Education: Policy Discourse ICT Policy for Education: Vision 2030 – knowledge society 1. Produce ICT literate citizens 2. New economies and societies arising from ICT and related developments 3. Leverage ICT to facilitate learning for the benefit of ALL learners and teachers across the curriculum 4. Improve the efficiency of educational administration and management at every level 5. Broaden access to quality educational services for learners at all levelsEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 5
  • 6. What the Policy is Silent on  Learning Content  Not explicit on how learning content suitable to the local context can be accessed/created/adapted  Pedagogy  Much on integration of ICT in curriculum development and delivery, less on the pedagogical curriculum delivery  ICT Literacy  Emphasis on ICT literacy; silence on media and critical information literacyEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 6
  • 7. Technology and Teachers: Educators’ Technology Integration Curriculum1. Operate ICT applications in an education context2. Design and deliver lessons using ICT applications3. Assess and evaluate learning using ICT applications4. Use ICTs to identify and undertake education- related professional development opportunities5. Use ICTs for learners with special needs6. Comply with social, ethical, legal and healthEducational Technology in Namibia requirements of ICT use in an education21.9.2012 7 context
  • 8. Technology and the Students: ICT Literacy Curriculum Basic knowledge of ICT tools Enhance work in other subject areas Utilization of computers and their applications in school and beyond Create learning base in IT related fields Grow awareness of ICTs’ practical use and work-related situationsEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 8
  • 9. But how is the situation like in practice? icon or find Click Video Interview issues embedded video on addressed site  How teachers us edu tech & other ICT  Private schools VS public schools  Student access to computers  Challenges faced & solutions?  Policy VS practice  University VS basic education  School access to computers  Usage of ICT in teaching  Future of ICT in NamibiaEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 9
  • 10. Existing Tech-integration Challenges in Teacher Education Class sizes: Teacher- centered Preparing for all possible situationsEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 10
  • 11. New Developments and Opportunities for the Future Improved connectivity Improved access to PCsEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 11
  • 12. New Developments and Opportunities for the Future 2Availability of Research Data News media reports  Individual Internet useEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 12
  • 13. Conclusion – What’s the Way Forward for Namibia? Educational technology integration efforts to be centered around learning Policies on ICT integration to be informed by local context, learning theories and pedagogical goals Paradigm shift: from top-down to a two-way approach in policy formulation Provision of free or subsidized Internet to all educational institutions, community centres, etc Serious consideration of mobile phones as an educational technology tools Consider FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open-Source Software)Educational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 13
  • 14. Comments are welcomeEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 14
  • 15. KIITOS TANGI THANK YOUEducational Technology in Namibia 21.9.2012 15