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Remote Teaching in Uruguay: Does it work?

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Presentation of statistics related to Plan Ceibal English in Uruguay - prepared for September 2014 meeting in Porto Alegre, Brasil

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Remote Teaching in Uruguay: Does it work?

  1. 1. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results?
  2. 2. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Overview • Outline of Project • Subjective Evaluation Survey of Classroom Teachers • Objective Evaluation Results of Achievement Test
  3. 3. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Plan Ceibal • Plan Ceibal is a Uruguayan project, developed by MEC, the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture; the National Telecommunications company ANTEL, (Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones); the Board of Public Education, ANEP (Administración Nacional de Educación Pública); and LATU (Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay). http://www.ceibal.edu.uy
  4. 4. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Plan Ceibal • Started 2007 with distribution of XO-1 laptops (ceibalitas) • By 2009 Uruguay became first country in world to have given one laptop to every primary school student • By 2009, 350,000 children & 16,000 teachers had received ceibalitas • No cost wireless Internet connection in all state schools • Fiber optic connections progressively replacing these • Video conferencing equipment being installed in all schools http://www.ceibal.edu.uy
  5. 5. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Plan Ceibal 2013 Review • 570,000 laptops distributed by 2012 (to all students & teachers) • 4-year TCO (Total cost of ownership) $100 per year per child including laptops, internet costs, administrative costs, fiber optic costs, robotics, planned VC facilities, portal and LMS platform as well as digital resources for many subjects, initial training for teachers. • Focus on quality implementation • Recommended focus on core priorities: increasing high school graduation rates; Mathematics; Literacy (Spanish & English) http://www.ceibal.org.uy/docs/FULLAN-Ceibal-English.pdf
  6. 6. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Ceibal English • In 2012 the British Council was selected by Plan Ceibal to project manage Ceibal en Inglés (Ceibal English), delivering remote teaching via video conferencing in Uruguayan primary schools. • Goal = provide access to English language learning to primary students (grades 4-6) and their teachers all over Uruguay. • Because of a lack of trained/qualified English teachers, Ceibal English uses remote teachers (RTs) via video conferencing • Additionally, classroom teachers (CTs) are taught English via moderator-supported English course (LearnEnglish Pathways) http://uruguay.britishcouncil.org/en/ceibal-en-ingles
  7. 7. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Project Plan • Proof of concept pilot phase 2012 - 20 primary schools; 1,000 Year 4 learners (aged 10-11) • March 2013 expansion: 500 classes; 96 schools; Years 4,5 & 6 • July 2013 expansion: 1,000 classes • March 2014 expansion: 2,100 classes • By June 2015: Total of 4,000 classes (c. 100,000+ learners) http://uruguay.britishcouncil.org/en/ceibal-en-ingles
  8. 8. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Survey of Class Teachers (CTs) November 2013 Aims: Opinion CTs have of project Perception of tech support Relationship CTs & RTs 630/942 CTs responded(67%)
  9. 9. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Respondents per RT Institution 154 124 53 48 38 30 26 24 19 18 13 11 11 7 6 5 43 AACI SME Internation… 4D English… Lenguas… Eureka Ceibal Anglo Oxbridge Dickens BC Mex Ceibal-… Ceibal-4D Ceibal-IH BC Bog Otros *
  10. 10. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Source of Remote Teachers 630 273 216 117 15 6 3
  11. 11. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Evaluation of classes 1 1 3 1 81 62 57 39 15 29 27 53 2 8 13 7 % of teachers Poor or very poor Malo + Muy malo Ni bueno ni malo Bueno Neither good nor bad Good Very good Muy bueno Punctuality of remote teacher Rapport with children Responsiveness of teacher General conduct of the class
  12. 12. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Conduct of class by country of origin of RT 1% 2% 7% 7%1% 41% 39% 33% 53% 39% 49% 54% 62% 27% 67% 53% 8% 6% 3% 13% 33% Uruguay (273 casos) Argentina (216) Filipinas (117) México (15) Colombia (6) Total Malo Ni bueno ni malo Bueno Muy bueno
  13. 13. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Rapport with pupils by country of origin of RT 63% 59% 65% 60% 50% 62% 28% 31% 30% 20% 33% 29% 8% 9% 5% 7% 17% 8% 1% 13% 1% Uruguay (273 casos) Argentina (216) Filipinas (117) México (15) Colombia (6) Total Malo Ni bueno ni malo Bueno
  14. 14. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Level of Spanish of RT 63 23 9 2 1 Muy Bueno Bueno Regular Malo Muy Malo
  15. 15. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Level of Spanish of RT 10% 13% 9% 1% 4% 2% 1% 74% 80% 14% 27% 33% 63% 21% 18% 35% 47% 67% 23% 4% 1% 37% 13% Uruguay (273 casos) Argentina (216) Filipinas (117) México (15) Colombia (6) Total Muy Malo Malo Regular Bueno Muy Bueno
  16. 16. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Is the Level of Spanish of the remote teacher a problem for coordination % of teachers who were poor or very poor in Spanish – 23 instances/ 3 %) No 30% Si 70% Is the poor or very poor Level of Spanish of the remote teacher a problem for the dynamics of the class? % of teachers who were poor or very poor in Spanish – 23 instances/ 3 %)
  17. 17. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Who corrects the pupils? 52 4 6 45 34 2 55 Nobody Nadie The Class teacher Usted (maestro de clase) Both remote teacher and class teacher Los dos (el profesor remoto y el maestro de clase) El The profesor remote remoto teacher
  18. 18. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Frequency of coordination with the RT
  19. 19. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Reasons for lack of coordination with the RT 33 24 21 9 4 9 Por problemas del docente remoto Problem with the remote Falta de tiempo Lack of time Coordinan muy poco vía mail Minimal coordination by email Suplencias y cambios de… Changes of remote teacher Not necessary No fue necesario Other (failure of internet, Otros(falta de… problems with Skype)
  20. 20. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Do you teach practice lessons B and C each week? Yes but in another format - 48% No - 1% Yes, following the format Prescribed of 2 weekly 45-minute classes - 51%
  21. 21. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Do you use lesson plans for lessons B and C? Never or almost never Sometimes 33% Always 65%
  22. 22. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? How do you obtain the lesson plans for lessons B and C?
  23. 23. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Evaluation of digital materials of the programme (songs, videos, games, images) 45 47 8 1 Very good Muy buenos Buenos Good Neither good nor bad Ni buenos ni malos Malos Poor
  24. 24. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Achievement Testing August 2013 (baseline) and December 2013 Aims: Evaluate differences:- Pilot groups March 2013 groups July 2013 groups Groups not studying English grammar/vocab test only Excluded children studying English outside school
  25. 25. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Number of pupils tested by grade in November 2013
  26. 26. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Number of pupils tested by social background
  27. 27. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Average scores by social background and time of test
  28. 28. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Average scores by grade and time of test
  29. 29. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Number of students tested in August by month of entry into project
  30. 30. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Number of students by grade at time of entry into project
  31. 31. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Number of students by grade and social background at time of entry into project
  32. 32. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Distribution of students according to score (in quintiles) by time of entry into project
  33. 33. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Distribution of students according to score (in quintiles) social background and level of difficulty
  34. 34. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Average score by grade and time of entry to programme
  35. 35. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Percentage of correct responses by question, time of entry to the programme and level of difficulty – easy questions
  36. 36. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Percentage of correct responses by question, time of entry to the programme and level of difficulty – medium difficulty questions
  37. 37. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Percentage of correct responses by question, time of entry to the programme and level of difficulty – hard questions
  38. 38. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Conclusions “The data is consistent and very robust. There are differences between children who started the programme in March 2013 and July 2013 on both versions of the tests in all grades and in all social contexts. There are also marked differences in the test results in July and December, for the groups which began in July. All analyses were carried out excluding children who claim to study English outside of school. All differences are statistically significant”. Claudia Brovetto, Plan Ceibal
  39. 39. Telepresence Teaching in Uruguay Is it Delivering Results? Thank you! graham.stanley@britishcouncil.org

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