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  • 1. Deer Leap: the National Strategy for ICT in Georgian Schools Mart Laanpere, Tallinn University Merab Labadze
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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)
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. http://www.htk.tlu.ee/deerleap