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    • Deer Leap: the National Strategy for ICT in Georgian Schools Mart Laanpere, Tallinn University Merab Labadze
    • Georgia
      • One of the poorest ex-Soviet countries
      • 4,5 mln population, located in South Caucasus, mountains higher than 5000 m
      • Independence in 1992, civil war
      • In 2003: the “rose revolution” brought president Saakashvili in power
      • Radical measures to fight corruption and build democratic civil society
      • Special relations with Estonia and other Baltic states
    • ICT in Georgian schools 2004
      • Many schools without stable electricity
      • 250 pupils per computer, no Internet
      • Only old second-hand computers, donated by foreign organisations or politicians
      • No coordination, no teacher training, no digital resources, no educational software
      • Few enthusiasts (I*earn, programming competitions, MS Office courses)
    • Tiger Leap in Estonia: 1997-2008
      • National school computerisation programme
      • Financed from state budget 1997-2008 (about 3-4 MUSD per year)
      • All school were equipped with computers and connected to Internet by 2000
      • 65% teachers were trained to use ICT by 2005
      • Educational software & services
      • Some parallel projects (Phare, Soros, Nordic)
      • Wider societal impact: e-Estonia, ID-card, e-elections
    • Deer Leap in Georgia
      • Was initiated by a group of Ministry officials who attended a course organised by Estonian E-governance Academy
      • Adaptation of Tiger Leap strategy
      • Straight to Web 2.0, skipping some steps
      • Deer Leap Foundation as a coordinating agency
      • Integrated action lines: infrastructure, teacher education, content, curriculum, projects, support
      • Only Linux-based computers
    • Main goals of Deer Leap
      • Essential ICT skills for students, preparing workforce for new century
      • Raising the quality of education, modernising curricula and learning materials
      • New didactics, active learning, integrating different subjects
      • Flexible learning, access to quality teaching, special needs education
      • Opening the schools up to community and world
    • Results by 2008
      • 30000 new computers, P/C ratio: 36
      • Internet to schools: 60% pupils have access
      • School projects, Web environments, LeMill.net
      • 23 000 teachers (33%) passed IT courses, advanced InTech course was adapted from US Georgia
      • Digital learning resources: literature, environment
      • IT managers hired by majority of schools
      • Visibility in society
    • Monitoring survey 2008
      • Inspired by SITES and Tiger in Focus study
      • Systemic sample: 167 schools out of 667 that received computer labs in the first phase of DL
      • Questionnaires: 3 teachers, principal, IT- manager
      • Results: positive attitude, more computers needed, need for support, blaming Linux in all sorts of problems
    • The new strategy DL+ 2009-2012
      • Goals of Deer Leap Plus:
        • access to computers and Internet for every pupil,
        • ICT skills for all pupils, teachers and principals,
        • collaboration between schools,
        • digitally enriched learning environment,
        • integration of ICT into curriculum
      • Indirect impact of the August war with Russia: in December 2008 DLF was reorganised, the future of DL+ remains unclear
    • http://www.htk.tlu.ee/deerleap