Chief Education officer Stephenson Hyacinth is hoping that a just concluded ICT training workshop will help the Ministry of Education achieve the vision of “every child succeeds.”
Speaking at a function to end the two-week workshop, Hyacinth suggested that “education without ICT is no education at all,” pointing out that teachers should implement certain policies to encourage learning in light of what they themselves were taught.
“Look at the policies that you develop in terms of giving grades, look at the policies that you adapt in terms of the groupings that you make and make sure that the policies (are) in sync with what you have learnt. If it is not, you should change it,” he stated.
He said that teachers should not be afraid to change their practices and even went as far as telling teachers that they should allow their students to use their cell phones as a method of learning. According to him, the cell phone can be effective in the classroom.
Meanwhile Tedd Serrant, Senior Education planning officer introduced the idea of a “one laptop per child” program. He said that this programme is still undergoing investigations whereby the strengths and weaknesses are being discovered.
He said structures are being put in place to ensure the proper monitoring of the laptops and the students who use them, however, in the interim it will be piloted in two schools. This program will help ensure that students are exposed, have access to and can use a computer, he stated.
Aretha Francis, an integrated Science teacher of the Dominica Grammer School, told Dominca News Online that she was grateful for the workshop and is looking forward to using what she was taught in her classroom. Francis contends that the first step towards moving ICT forward in Dominica is getting students their own personal laptop as she believes that they will need the computers to practice what they are taught.
63 teachers from across the island were on Friday presented with certificates after participating in the workshop.
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