Municipal Antonio José de Sucre” Educative Unit has always been worried for being according to the development of technology. It has been difficult to incorporate the update technology, especially for economical and political factors, hence the use of ICT has been limited and they have been inserted little by little.
This learning center counts with different laboratories that use free software. They have a computer, a projector, a DVD and a TV set. Also,there is an English lab that has 24 computers and works with 2 licensed software. Three computing labs that have 25 computers each one; all of them have access to internet.
There are 50 classrooms and all of them will work with interactive whiteboards since next January, they will use a licensed software. This institution doesn´t count with a virtual platform for giving classes on line. The speed of internet is 4 megabytes, but it isn´t WIFI connection
According to the Model presented in most ICT integration in countries around the world which is based on the UNESCO publication in 2002, the Municipal “Antonio José de Sucre” Educative Unit is in the APPLYING STAGE due to:
Teachers-centered, it means that methods, activities, and techniques are given by the teacher who decides what is to be learned, what is to be tested, and how the class has to be run.
According to development plan and facilities, in this institution the use of ICT is limited.
Computer labs are used for ICT specific outcomes. Teachers have had ICT application training. In the assessment aspect; Skill Based
MUNICIPAL ANTONIO JOSÉ DE SUCRE EDUCATIVE UNIT STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS MATRIX IN ICT IMPLEMENTATION1. Internet Access: 1. Internet Access: Speed of 4 megabytes There isn t WIFI connection2. Technological equipment: 2. Technological equipment: Computers: Used specifically for those subjects Word processor Spread sheet DVD 3. 50 Classrooms Printers -Not virtual platform Projector -The room is not enough to work with the Photocopier machine different school years and subject areas. TV set3. 50 Classrooms 4. ICT TRAINING -ICT implementation is not completed. (It is4. ICT TRAINING in process)Intrinsic and extrinsic teachers and students -No ICT environment. motivation. -Lack of interest of traditionalist teachers
MUNICIPAL ANTONIO JOSÉ DE SUCRE EDUCATIVE UNIT STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS MATRIX IN ICT IMPLEMENTATION FACTORS STRENGTHS WEAKNESSESInternet Access 60% 40%Tech. equipment 60% 40%Rooms 50% 50%ICT implementation 60% 40%
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES ICT IMPLEMENTATION70%60%50%40%30% STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES20%10%0% Internet Tech. Classrooms ICT Access equipment TRAINING
ProposalOur group proposes that to reach the transforming stage this institution should do this: Teachers should acquire wider knowledge of what ICT really is and the advantages that its usage in education gives. Intensive and permanent training about the ICT usage. To insert ICT activities in daily lesson plans. To create study groups to share experiences and knowledge. To promote challenging activities to engage students’ interest. There should be a monitoring system to control the usage of ICT by an expert at least once a month.
REFLECTION It doesn´t matter how many technological resources an institution has, the most important thing is to develop teachers’ awareness to use ICT in every day’s classes, it is possible to do, there should not be any excuses and above all it is necessary to create commitment in teachers to apply ICT tools in the class, take advantages of the technology and mainly to improve students’ learning outcomes.