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Presentation at the future classrooms increasing learning achievements safiqul islam

  1. 1. Welcome to the Presentation on BRAC initiative on Experiential Learning through Technology in Classrooms Presented by Safiqul Islam, PhD Director, Education, BRAC Presentation at the Future Classrooms: Increasing Learning Achievements Session at e-ASIA 2011 Seminar, Dhaka, Dec1-3, 2011
  2. 2. Context • Bangladesh has a total of 18,756 Secondary Schools out of which, 317 are Government and 18,439 (98%) are Non Government Secondary Schools (BANBEIS 2008) • BRAC extends supports to and works closely with 3,300 Non Government Secondary Schools in rural areas in cooperation with the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) to improve quality in those schools • Conditions in most rural schools are poorer in terms of  teachers capacity and classroom students ratios  library, equipment and learning materials (e.g. science lab)
  3. 3. Why changes are needed in classroom? • Inadequate access to resources on good lesson plans and time consuming nature of preparation for teachers • Large classroom leading to limited scope for interaction between students and teachers • Constraint to explain concepts through blackboard and charts (e.g. difficulty in explaining trigonometry) • Limited opportunities for visualisation in the relevant areas (e.g. Functions of different parts of human body)
  4. 4. A BRAC Approach to Future Classroom: Computer Aided Learning (CAL) • Started in 2005, BRAC developed an interactive experiential learning software, with practicing teachers’ active involvement, based on the national curriculum • Technology integration is an endeavour to make the text content easier, interactive, stimulating for students as well as rewarding and motivational for the teachers by adding visualisation • Field based test initiated in 2006 initially in 7 schools and expanded to 20 Secondary Schools in 2008 in cooperation with Teaching Quality Improvement (TQI) of the MoE and in coordination with Access to Information (A2I)
  5. 5. • CAL materials include contents in Science, Mathematics and English • Atleast 10 teachers from each school are trained including 3 Teachers in each core subject and the Head Teacher to deliver technology aided pedagogy in classrooms • 2 different set ups were tested: Multimedia Based and Splitter with tailor made UPS allowing 2 hours back up Contd: A BRAC Approach to Future Classroom
  6. 6. Contd: A BRAC Experience… Classroom layout: Equipment aspects ProjectorProjector Teacher’s station 3 rows of students’ desks Screen A multimedia projector based classroom layout A monitor based classroom layout Monitor for Group Power and VGA wires VGA splitte r Teacher’s station Students’ desks Backup power Backup power
  7. 7. Features of Future Classrooms • Technology allows teachers’ to access resources (e- for better lesson planning of pedagogy • Increased diversity in teaching methodologies and students’ engagement (group work, pair work) • Higher level enthusiasm among students to attend classes • Tech-pro attitudes among teachers and students • Opportunities to self learning, both for students and teachers
  8. 8. Results • Increased attendance in school and participation in exam • Better engagement and learning in the classroom • Improved academic results:  Higher pass rate & better quality (higher proportion of grade A)  Improved opportunities to higher level studies (SSC to HSC) • Empowered teachers and students
  9. 9. Challenges • Teachers’ training and development (e.g. need for continuous development) • Review and further development of content (software/text) • Equipment and setup costs: Approx. US $2,000 per school • Maintenance of equipment and developing of troubleshooters • Monitoring of use of technology and results
  10. 10. Thank You