E learning project II - 2013 and beyond?


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My personal opinion on where e-Learning should be going in Jamaica. This is based on my previous experience as a project manager on the first e-Learning project which has just been completed and my experience with my own children.

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E learning project II - 2013 and beyond?

  1. 1. e-Learning II ….2013 and beyond
  2. 2. e-Learning II - Project Highlights Focus on early childhood and primary education Giving more power to the student Reducing the workload of teachers Solar powered infrastructuree-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 2 of 45
  3. 3. e-Learning II - Project Highlights Saving significant funds in the education ministries budget A sea change to education to start the next 50 years Strictly wireless infrastructure A game changer, not slow incremental philosophy ALL teachers at all schools will receive a tablet and be trained in their usee-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 3 of 45
  4. 4. e-Learning II - Project Highlights Today’s classroom technology should be changing to support the learning needs of the students who have grown up using technology everyday. Labs no more…one tablet per child, YES ! Tablets are soon to be in parliament Tablet are the future classroom UWI med school students are getting their books as e-books on tablets now Everyone can use a tablet, desktops are dead…notebooks are on their way out !e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 4 of 45
  5. 5. e-Learning II - Project Highlights Tablets are commodities…and cheap Its less about the technology….its more about the integration and Implementation ! Real issues are; Less talk….more implement Put the naysayers in the corner Not loosing anymore time Less meetings and more decisions Not leaving our children behind Yes we can, not no can do !e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 5 of 45
  6. 6. e-Learning II - Project Highlights Plan includes security cameras in each school centrally monitored Plan includes electronic tracking security features to reduce theft Plan includes centrally administered system administration so system administrators in schools will not be needed Plan aligns with significant existing plans; Vision 2030 MOE Strategic Plan STEM Strategic Plan PNP Manifestoe-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 6 of 45
  7. 7. e-Learning II – Strategic Objectives Improve Academic Performance Goal Objectives Indicators Improve the academic Provide tablet computers to ALL teachers -Grade 4 test results significantly and performance of all (approx 24,000) in all schools 4 months of consistently improved students in a modern start of project. -GSAT results significantly and and efficient re- consistently improved engineered “classroom” Train all teachers in the use of the tablets, basic IT generally and integrating tablets -CXC results significantly and into the curriculum before September 2013 consistently improved Developing e-Books to replace existing -All teachers in Jamaica having a books for all primary and secondary schools government provided tablet and trained 3 grade years per year for the next 5 years. in its use especially integrating it into the curriculum of the subjects they teach and actively doing so on a daily basis Align existing content with current curriculums for the first 3 grade years to be -Last 2 years of early childhood and first implemented in 2013 to facilitate tablets year of primary school being equipped in being used for the last two years of all schools and use starting in September Basic/Prep School and the first year of 2013. primary school starting September 2013. -IT Infrastructure in all primary and early childhood schools to support Each subsequent year for the next 10 years tablets in place by September 2013 rollout equipment for the new Basic/Prep school year moving up.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 7 of 45
  8. 8. e-Learning II – Strategic Objectives Reduce the cost of Education Goal Objectives Indicators Reduce the cost of education Reduce the Ministry of Education Budget by - Ministry of Education Budget for parents and the 2% per year after the first year of the project sees a 2% reduction per year government in ECI’s and for each year for the next 5 years. (No book each year after the first year of primary and secondary rental costs due to use of e-Books, less the project. schools across Jamaica classroom space needed, less reproduction costs, less energy costs, better school - All schools using same SMS management through use of SMS) (if they want) starting in September 2013. Reduce cost of spending each child to school by 5 % (less - Parents reporting reduced cost of school supplies for each school year on the system - Reliable, timely and accurate reporting from all schools using SMS.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 8 of 45
  9. 9. e-Learning II – Strategic Objectives Provide up to date and efficient IT infrastructure for students and teachers Goal Objectives Provide up to date cost IT infrastructure in all primary and early childhood schools All teachers in Jamaica efficient and accessible IT to support tablets in place by September 2013 have a tablet and are technology to students and trained as per objective teachers All teachers in Jamaica having received a tablet computer and trained in its use by September 2013. All early childhood and primary schools have IT Students in last 2 years of early childhood and first year of infrastructure to support primary school being equipped in all schools and using tablet/e-Book and e- them starting in September 2013 Learning technology as per objective Each year for the next 5 years one grade level of school at the early childhood level receives tablets and they are used All student have tablets as a part of the curriculum in place as per objective Every 5 years the IT infrastructure is evaluated for All technology refreshes efficiency and if necessary replaced. in place as per objective. Every 5 years the client tablets coming to 5 years old are replaced. In Second year of project all secondary schools receive IT infrastructure supporting new e-learning infrastructuree-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 9 of 45
  10. 10. Applications on Devices Communication…only a few Internet Email Skype Twitter FaceBook LinkedIne-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 10 of 45
  11. 11. Applications on Devices Reference Books…only a fewBibleEnglish Dictionary and ThesaurusWikipedia (Encyclopedia)World AtlasJamaica Yellow PagesFree Classic e-Books and e-Readere-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 11 of 45
  12. 12. Applications on Devices News and MagazinesBBC News ServiceNews RepublicNational GeographicPopular ScienceCNNTimee-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 12 of 45
  13. 13. Applications on Devices Office Automation • Word Processing • Spreadsheet • Database • Presentatione-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 13 of 45
  14. 14. Applications on Devices Multimedia • Graphics/Drawing • Painting • CAD • Video Recorder and editing • Digital Camerae-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 14 of 45
  15. 15. Applications on Devices Extras• Real Guitar• LOTS of existing e- Learning content !• Piano• Moodle• Programming – Android Logo – Android Basic – Pascal Compiler – Javae-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 15 of 45
  16. 16. Applications on Devices “Brain” Games • Chess • Scrabble • Suduko • Einsteins Challengee-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 16 of 45
  17. 17. How will we pay for it? Existing Funds ! • Re-allocated Capital A and B • Reduce recurrent budget to reflect savings that will occur and put that reduction in capital A to support the project • Use UAF/e-Learning Funds • And still cut the budget !e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 17 of 45
  18. 18. e-Learn II Monthly competitions…to encourage use • Best Chess player • Best Piano piece played • Best Scrabble player • Best Guitar piece played • Best Video created • Best CAD drawing made • Best Picture taken • Best App developed • Best Computer Program • Best e-Content Developed written • Best Painting created • Best drawing createdThese will encourage students to usethe tablets in a constructive way bothat school and out of school.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 18 of 45
  19. 19. e-Learning II Some Hurdles There are many Early Childhood Institutions that are Kindergarten/Prepschools which are private Offer them the same solution at a percentage of the cost per student Train and facilitate all teachers both private and government Yes some students are simply going to play and idle with the tablets,however if they give us 2000 students per year who are: Bob Marleys Usain Bolts Rhodes Scholars Steve Jobs Rex Nettlefords Nelson Mandelas Barack Obamas etc Wouldn’t it be worth it?e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 19 of 45
  20. 20. e-Learning II What to do next? Put a project team together – 1 Week Finalize the numbers and project plan - 3 Weeks Design Project Details and put out RFP – 4 Weeks Get an RFP out!!!! - 1 Day Evaluate RFP and Decide – 4 Weekse-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 20 of 45
  21. 21. e-Learning II What to do next? Develop Training Courses – 8 Weeks Train Teachers – 12 Weeks Rollout equipment -12 Weeks IMPLEMENT for September 2013 !! Lets Do it !!!e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 21 of 45
  22. 22. e-Learning II Let us not leave our children behind!e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 22 of 45
  23. 23. e-Learning II Let us not leave our children behind! We are Jamaicans, we lead, we do not follow !e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 23 of 45
  24. 24. e-Learning II Let us not leave our children behind! All children in Cardiff inthe UK at Primary ANDSecondary school receiveda tablet in September 2012 The next OLPC computeris going to be a tabletformat in 2013 All tablet/notebook perstudent projects are inPortugal, Venezuela,Bolivia, South Korea,Trinidad, Guyana……e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 24 of 45
  25. 25. What was e-Learning I about? Ultimate Goal and Scope of e-Learning I Goal •To improve the performance of our students in high schools, particularly in CXC Examinations. Scope •166 Public High Schools •6 Public Special Schools •8 Teachers Colleges •Establish CREM at MOE •16 Privates High Schools •Average 55 desktops and 17 laptops per school (Approx JA$15M per school in terms of infrastructure equipment for government schools, half that for private)e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 25 of 45
  26. 26. What was e-Learning I about? IT Infrastructure in 196 Schools and Teacher Training Colleges in Jamaica To develop a comprehensive set of standard ICT-based instructional materials for grades 7-11 teachers and students, in 11 CXC CSEC subject areas To provide schools with ICT equipment and software for use in the teaching and learning process, and to establish a Central Repository for the Educational Materials (CREM) at the MOEYe-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 26 of 45
  27. 27. What was e-Learning I about? IT Infrastructure in 196 Schools and Teacher Training Colleges in Jamaica To enhance the skills of teachers through training programmes and certification in the use of software and equipment and in modern methodologies for delivery of the high school CXC syllabus; To provide modern technologies to existing remedial programmes in high schools to ensure that all children keep pace with the schools’ programmes; To institute standard examinations for grades 7-9 that will measure and track the performance of students in each grade in high schools, as well as, measure performance among schools. (If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it)e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 27 of 45
  28. 28. What was e-Learning I about? 11 CXC subjects in high school targetede-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 28 of 45
  29. 29. What was e-Learning I about? Instructional Material for the 11 subjects Instructional material of the highest standards are to be developed for Teachers,Teachers Instructional Material, (TIM’s). Similarly Students Instructional Material is being developed, (SIM’S). For all 11 CXC subjects. These materials will be in hard copy, Audio Tape, Video, Cable TV and web Based.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 29 of 45
  30. 30. What was e-Learning I about? Item Bank and Educational Software An Item Bank with relevant CXC questions and answers in most cases we be available online and is already under development. The Target is 25,000 questions. These will be a part of the CREM and some are available on the interim CREM at this time. Additional educational software running on PC’s is being provided to the schools to further help in the delivery of educatione-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 30 of 45
  31. 31. What was e-Learning I about? Continuous Assessment Standard year end examinations for grades 7-11 are being developed and can be delivered and administered by the CREM. These exams will provide a consistent level of assessment of the students and schools at all times in all schools.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 31 of 45
  32. 32. What was e-Learning I about? Additional Information Technology delivered to schools by project Digital Cameras Camcorders Multi-media Projectors Document Scanners Mobile wireless computer labs with 10 netbook computers for 166 schoolse-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 32 of 45
  33. 33. What was e-Learning I about? Remedial Programme E-Learning has recognised that many students entering high schools are well behind the required standard to start and keep up with the majority of high school entrants. As such e-Learning is strengthening the remedial programmes in the schools with ICT methodologies and materials.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 33 of 45
  34. 34. What was e-Learning I about? School IT equipment and Infrastructure 176 schools – Average 3 schools per week !e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 34 of 45
  35. 35. What was e-Learning I about? Typical network architecture in each of the high schoolse-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 35 of 45
  36. 36. What was e-Learning I about? Central Repository of Educational Material, the CREM The CREM will contain all the relevant educational material for the11 CXC subjects targeted in the high schools. No internet TMI !!! The CREM content can be updated easily and cheaply and beimmediately available to all high school students in Jamaica …… andthe Caribbean if policy supports this as they do the same syllabus aswe do in Jamaica. The CREM can allow easy deployment of new subjects to allstudents in Jamaica - Civics The CREM will allow high schools to be open 24 hours per day, 7days per week, 52 weeks per year!!!e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 36 of 45
  37. 37. What was e-Learning I about? Why the CREM? Students work on the CREM can be centrally monitored by teachers and the Ministry. The CREM can be extended for all students in the Caribbean doing CXC’s, GSAT, Jamaica can lead in high school, primary and Early Childhood Education. Private sector companies are already offering similar CREMs at a price to students in the Caribbean. Students will have a free, clean and focussed portal to collaborate on their work.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 37 of 45
  38. 38. What was e-Learning I about? Why the CREM? The CREM material will be developed by the best teachers in thecountry, allowing all students to have access to the same qualitylearning material. The CREM will be online and thus “extra lessons” will be available foreven students that cant afford face-to-face extra lessons. Additional subjects can be provided to the whole population in a verycost effective manner and very inexpensively. The CREM will reduce the high dependency to have all the textbooks. The CREM will be extended to Primary and basic Schools as well. A subset of the CREM relevant to a particular students year of studycan be download to that students tablet computer, thus makingbroadband access not mandatory for CREM use.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 38 of 45
  39. 39. What was e-Learning I about? Why the CREM? The CREM holds all the material required to satisfy students doing any of the 11 CXC subjects being targeted, it is the heart of the project, it is housed at the Ministry of Education. This is accessed by the governments broadband network via the internet Additional subjects and material will be housed here. Moodle is the Learning Management System (LMS) facilitating the CREM.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 39 of 45
  40. 40. What was e-Learning I about? Why the CREM? Other Jamaican Tertiary institutions are already creating and using CREM’S and some of our high schools as well….. Using Moodle of Course. The CREM will compensate for the shortage of teachers and classrooms.e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 40 of 45
  41. 41. What was e-Learning I about? Project website www.e-ljam.nete-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 41 of 45
  42. 42. e-Learning I - Lessons Learnt Weak Systems Administration at the high schools. System Administrators were trained but; Some simply didn’t have enough technical capacity to build on They were poorly paid and lacked incentive and changed jobs The technical environment was a little too high for what was requirede-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 42 of 45
  43. 43. e-Learning I - Lessons Learnt • Systems consumed a lot of electricity – Desktops, laptops, servers, laser printers, UPS’s, air conditioning units • Infrastructure was expensive to IMPLEMENT, OPERATE and MAINTAIN !e-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 43 of 45
  44. 44. e-Learning I - Lessons Learnt Ministry of Education (MOE) had limitations in implementation. School Infrastructure was to be paid for by the MOE but they just didn’t do it. eL2, ensure full commitment and readiness from all stakeholders and have contingencies put in place in case they default from the get go Standby generator for CREM was not installed despite unit being purchased for 2 years and sitting at the MOE Head Office Be very aware of the limitations of all the stakeholders and plan for the effects of these limitations System design took too long and too long to implement so by the time it was starting to be implemented it looked dated eL2, design quick, implement faster and refresh design annuallye-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 44 of 45
  45. 45. e-Learning I - Lessons Learnt Schools had labs which in many cases were simply the existing labs upgraded so very little new space was added Basically the labs were mainly used for teaching IT rather than e-Learning Student had access to equipment during the limited scheduled time on the timetable (each student on average less than 3 hours per week) Students will be able to keep each tablet for 3 years, before a replacement is provided. Students will have the tablet 24x7x365…thus access to the technology for as much of the time they desiree-Learning II, 2013 and beyond 45 of 45