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  • 1. USAID’s Primary Education Project (2006-2011) By Petar Nikoloski, ICT in Education Coordinator
  • 2. Workforce Development components: Buildings & Classrooms Use of ICT Math & Science Assessment Improving schools to develop 21 st century skills
  • 3. MOU Signing, April 2007
  • 4. KEY POINTS FROM THE MOU REGARDING THE ICT IN EDUCATION
    • Increase student benefits from computers
    • by introducing innovative uses of ICT
    • Developing educational software and on-line learning environments
    • Design a teacher training program …
    • that trains teachers in effective use of computers in all curriculum areas therefore helping students develop 21 st century workforce skills
    • Improve computer maintenance and deployment …
    • by establishing Student Support Technician Clubs (SSTC) and School-based Technology Committees (SBTC)
  • 5. We introduce innovative use of ICT by…
    • …donating equipment and trialing innovative uses of ICT equipment
  • 6. We introduce innovative use of ICT by …
    • …giving challenges to the schools which are solved using the technologies provided by the project
  • 7. We introduce innovative use of ICT by…
    • …collaborating with local organizations – e.g. the Faculty for Electro technical and Information Technologies (FEIT) which created a local PCL (Programmable Logic Control) kit for introducing control technology to more schools
  • 8. We introduce innovative use of ICT by…
    • …Bringing portable computing solutions to Macedonia such as Intel’s Classmate PC
  • 9. We introduce innovative use of ICT by…
    • …setting up PPP with a local organization, and for the first time introduced robotics to primary school children
  • 10. We are developing educational content and online learning software by…
    • …localizing open source applications to be used for educational purposes (at least 43 this year)
    • …identifying additional digital content e.g. for Biology for primary school.
    • ...providing support to the www.schools.edu.mk portal
  • 11. In order to ensure that we design the best training programs we…
    • …always test something before launching on a mass scale
    • …bring in international expertise
    • …propose study tours, e.g. for the BDE to the UK
  • 12. We are working to improve the computer maintenance in the schools by…
    • …Setting up SSTC Clubs in 102 out of 164 central primary schools in Macedonia that have enrolled in the SSTC program and are currently working with another 200 schools.
    • … planning to expand SSTC’s to include Linux training
  • 13. WHAT’S NEXT?
    • Organize professional development activities for the teachers from the primary schools in using edubuntu in the classroom
    • Work on identifying additional digital content for the primary curriculum
  • 14.
    • THANK YOU FOR YOU ATTENTION