January 2007

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Dubai Education Council honours 'I-Teach' graduated teachers

Dubai Education Council honoured 200 teachers of the 'I-Teach' programme. 'I-Teach' is an IT Training Programme for Teachers who have been awarded the Cambridge International Diploma in teaching with ICT.

ICT in primary schools

The Iceland-Seychelles Development group (ISDG), together with local partners, Air Seychelles and Cable and Wireless Seychelles, are collaborating with the Ministry of Education to develop primary school teachers in becoming more confident about using technology and maintaining students' interests in the classroom.

This follows the first round of intensive training in a project to implement Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in primary schools as from next year.  The aim is to ensure that teachers have access to the latest technology to help them in delivering their lessons to improve pupils' learning.

Macedonia announces bold plan for PC access, training

The government of Macedonia has recently announced a massive four-prong approach to beefing up computer literacy.

The Macedonian government intends all primary and secondary students to have a computer within the next two years. Through a programme of computer purchasing, training, Internet access and scholarships to those students who specialise in Internet technology, the government hopes to build its IT literacy and competitiveness.

Although the exact number of computers that would need to be purchased is not yet known, the initial phase of the program would be 150,000 at cost of about 9 million euros for 2007. The total amount just for the first project is expected to reach 20 to 22 million euros. The next two phases of the program will offer every citizen the opportunity for free basic computer training and free Internet access. These are expected to be implemented in Spring 2007 and 2008, respectively.

GEMS Education to develop 'School of the Future'

GEMS Education announced that it has concluded an agreement with Microsoft Gulf that will see the launch of 'State-of The Art Education Solutions' across the network of GEMS Schools in the United Arab Emirates.

The initiative, the first of its kind in the region, will include development of the 'School of the Future', a visionary educational model that is rooted in empowering the school community through continuous, adaptive and relevant learning. The entire programme will be supported through Microsoft certified training for teachers and the installation of Microsoft certified ICT labs.

The 'State-of The Art Education Solutions' will include the launch of learning gateways in GEMS Schools. The integrated framework will provide parents, students and teachers access to online lessons and tutorials.

ETV for schools in Philippines

Ten elementary and high schools in Rizal province in Philippines will soon have access to educational television (ETV) through the joint efforts of the British Embassy in Manila and the local Knowledge Channel Foundation.

The embassy did not name the schools, but noted that Rizal Province was selected as the project site for its contribution to the workforce requirements of the Metro Manila metropolis.

Studies show that ETV increases learning and improves academic performance while decreasing absenteeism among students.

Applied ICT Teaching and Learning Business Portal for Schools

The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), the unitary awarding bodies in the UK, and the National Computing Centre (NCC), UK's leading independent IT membership organisation announced that they have formed a partnership to build a unique web-based information portal for schools and colleges which will provide their academic, business and operational functions with access to relevant business case studies and benchmarked IT materials.  

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