USAID’s Primary Education Project


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USAID’s Primary Education Project

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