Thank you for sharing your photos- I see students at a variety of ages. Would you say this excellent environment is available for the majority of students in Islamabad? Is it difficult to enter the Government College? I am full of questions.
In the U.S. we have a great variety of situations at every level. In my opinion (only) there are many teachers who do not see the benefit of using technology as a learning/ teaching tool. This, along with the variety of equipment available at different schools, makes progress spotty.
This classroom is one in Hosana, Ethiopia where my friends and I are working with the local community to build a library. Hosana is an amazing place full of people who are happy and willing to learn no matter how hard life seems. When we first began to work with teachers there used to be 90 adults in one classroom. They've built more schools; now it is closer to 54 in a class and adults have their own learning space. It's amazing to see the classrooms from all over the world. Thank you, bergin for starting this discussion thread.
How many of you are working in environments that have community centers where people go to learn? Perhaps we can share information on how to create more of these community learning spaces...
Thank you, Blanca for sharing the class room environment photos for both children and adults. It is interesting to see the interest of old people to learn. From ur photo, it is very clear that adult people are very eager to learn more. In india also some community centres are their. But the adults are not so much interest to learn.How is it possible there. Can you share some points regarding creating interest among adults about learning in Ethiyopia. Is there any special schemes run by the Government for the adult Education?
As you said 'variety of situations at every level', we have the exact similar situation in Pakistan. Most of the private school systems provide opportunities and infra structure for technology integration to their teachers and students, really well equipped labs. In the public sector the situation varys from region to region. Govt. of Punjab is very pro-active in this regard, last year they established 5,000 IT labs in secondary and higher secondary schools, but had to stop all development work because of the floods and had to divert funds for rehabilitation. Now, this year again they are establishing 4,000 IT labs in elementary schools, integration in curriculum and teacher training to follow in phases.
The situation is different in other regions though they are also making efforts to introduce benefits of technology in education and integrate technology but the pace of work is not as aggressive as in Punjab.
You asked about the Govt. Colleges for Education. We have 176 govt. teacher training institutions and 99 private institutions all across Pakistan. A diploma / certificate or B.Ed or M.Ed degrees are mandatory to qualify for employment in public sector schools and their promotions also depends on accusation of technical trainings. Equal opportunities are provided to the students of urban as well as rural areas.
Out of these, 65 govt. institutions are using Intel Teach Essentials Course content as it is, integrated in their curriculum for their compulsory courses for "Effective use of IT in Education" in the first and second semesters.
It's still a long way but we are making progress gradually which matters a lot, as long as we are moving in the right direction.
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As I mentioned earlier, the situation varys from region to region. The best BKM to share would be the example of Punjab Government. School Education Department made IT Project Week a part of their yearly academic calendar in 2010. They started with a successful pilot done in a few institutions last year, this year more institutions are involved and the number will keep increasing every year. Teachers and students work on their projects with the help of technology resources for the whole term and do final presentations and show-case their projects during the IT week. This way they are also able to celebrate their learning and accomplishments in a formal ceremony. All subject teachers who have been trained on Intel Teach Program Courses supervise this activity.
In other regions, as it is not mandatory a lot depends on the school administration and of course motivation level of the teachers to involve their students in project based learning and use of technology. While, most of the teachers who have been trained on Intel Teach Courses do at least one technology integrated project in their classes in an academic year.
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Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into a natural environment that causes instability, disorder, harm or discomfort to the ecosystem. Normally children are learning about environmental awareness inside the classroom. This picture is taken from Government Primary School, Rajakkamangalam. The fifth grade children doing a project regarding environmental pollution. The teacher took the children to the nearest pond as a field visit to promote environmental awareness among the children.
Looking at these videos and photos, I have become enlightened to share one more thing to this community... I have a video and that video talks about the learning created by the circumstances and the curiocity proposed by himself a student. I have many questions to post through this video but I could not post it seperately. I may not be having that authority. So please look at this video and pose the question to all teachers around our community to represent such video of their classroom or any other story....