Next Step: Introducing ICT to Classroom Learning
In follow up to the initial teacher & staff training conducted at the school in April 2016, the participants themselves identified the 2 major areas of need as being 1) more teacher training & capacity-building and 2) integration of ICT learning in the classroom.
In an effort to address both of these needs, we are planning to secure a set of 3 laptops, projectors, portable speakers, and supplementary equipment that will be made available to all teachers at the school to use on a rotational basis to enhance classroom instruction. This initiative also necessitate the teachers themselves learning about the tech and gaining basic technology literacy - hopefully providing for both more engaging lessons and promoting tech competencies amongst both students & teachers!
The provision of 1 high-speed wireless routing device and accompanying subscription with high bandwidth could be used concurrently by all 3 laptops, provided they are being used in the same location. This would allow the teachers & staff to connect regularly to the internet, which opens up a vast world of opportunity and resources for them to access.
To get this new initiative off the ground, we are planning to conduct 2 days of training this August (9th & 10th) at the school for all interested teachers & staff to discuss the project objectives, introduce the equipment & how to use it, and provide training in how to leverage the technology in classroom instruction.
We need your help though in order to realize this project...
1. Make a Contribution:
Our total project budget is $6,178 (which covers the upfront cost of all equipment and annual subscription services). Please help by making a tax-deductible donation today. See our "Support" page for instructions on how to donate either online or via mail.
2. Local Volunteers:
We need local volunteers with computer skills who are willing to volunteer their time and services on a regular or semi-regular basis in conducting basic computer skills development trainings for the teachers during after-school hours when school is in session. These trainings could cover the basics of computer programs (including Microsoft Office programs), typing, navigation, maintenance, internet usage, and more. Teachers can also be shown how to create materials (such as PowerPoint presentations or handouts) for use in supporting classroom instruction, as well as how to search and utilize existing digital resources (ie: Amharic-language YouTube videos or teaching aids).
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today if you would like to get involved or learn more about this project!