Breaking Barriers: Building Teachers’ Competencies in the Use of ICTHala Salih Mohammed NurEnglish Language InstituteUniversity of Khartoumhalasalih64@gmail.com
Presentation Outline• Introduction• Infrastructure of ICT in Sudan• Example• The use of ICT in Education• Barriers• First Workshop• Second Workshop• Recommendations
Introduction Youth, Skills & Employability Why is teacher training in ICT important? To prepare students to be successful in ourinformation-rich global society, teachers must understand the power and potential of technology tools.
Infrastructure for ICT in Sudan• “The main objective of the Republic of the Sudan is to provide reliable and affordable ICT services to all the Sudanese citizens towards achieving information and knowledge based society.” (H.E. Theresa Siricio/State Minister of MCIT)
The remarkable transformation and achievementswitnessed in the Sudanese Telecommunication sectorcoupled with the growing and diversifying use of theICT services including those of the Internet and itsapplications have been a success story that madeSudan to be widely held among the most developed inAfrica, if not in the Middle East. The telecom sectorcurrently has an annual growth of 30% making it thefastest growing in the world.
An Example• Wireless access points covering 70% of the University of Khartoum campuses.• 4000 computers with access to the internet.• Campuses connected with fibre optics.• Bandwidth for Internet is 30 Mbps.• Moodle is installed in the servers of university.
The use of ICT in educationDespite the above mentioned growth,there is a tendency for the use of ICT forsectors other than Education and asresearch shows Sudan is still at a verypreliminary stage and it is mostly in theform of on-going or planned projectsespecially in the tertiary sector which areyet to be implemented..
Students’ Attitude Towards the Use of ICT in EducationNur, Hala (2009)
Barriers• No clear policy for the use of ICT tools in delivery of education.• No training programs for tertiary level teachers for the use of ICT in teaching.• Resistance from teachers (digital emigrants)
First ICT Workshop• Title of workshop: Innovative Online Trends for Teacher Professional Development• Content: Training on the use of online tools for professional development.
Drawbacks• Above the level of the teachers.• Use of the tools for professional development only.• Time limit of workshop.• No follow up plan.• Teachers did not create much content.
Second ICT Workshop• Title: ICT for ELT in the Horn of Africa: Options and Approaches• Content: Training on ICT tools for teaching and professional development.
Sunday – 1st Aug Tuesday – 3rd Aug Wednesday – 4th Aug Thursday – 5th Aug Monday – 2 Aug nd Common Introduction to the The Web as a ICT for Overview of ICT Technical Workshop Tool for Distance Resources Problems &Session 1 Why Use ICT? What is Professional Learning & Available How to Solve09:30 – 11:00 the Rationale? Development Self-Access Them & ELT Group Activity: Getting to Know a Developing ICT for ELT: the ICT for New Program & ICT for ELT: Materials for Ethiopian ProfessionalSession 2 Matching it with Your Hands-on Cascading Experience Development11:30 – 13:00 Curriculum Practice Workshop Content Using Web Group Activity: E-Learning: a Tools in Class Developing Developing Practical Ideas for Practical (blogs, wikis, Tools for Materials for Using ICT in theSession 3 Demonstration etc): Hands-on Professional Cascading14:00 – 15:30 Classroom Practice Development Workshop Content
Learned Lessons• Policy makers must issue legislation for making the integration of ICT in education.• Development of a framework for teachers’ training in the use of ICT.• Motivate teachers to use ICT in their teaching.• Provide technical support for subject teachers to help them in creating content.
15th Regional FP7 EuroAfrica-ICT AwarenessWorkshop:What do you regard as the most importantchallenges in e-Learning?Challenge 1:Availability of Policy Framework for e-LearningChallenge 2:Human Capacity Building for e-Learning.Challenge 6:Localisation of Digital Content