[At-Large] Fwd: [CIVIC] Greater use of ICTs in education encouraged (Barbados)

Raul Bauer raulbauer at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 18:44:58 UTC 2012

Thank you Salanieta and all.
For me has been a great pleasure to have the chance to share this week with
all of you.

For those interested on ICT & Education, I suggest to access
www.webinar.org.ar (sorry, but all in Spanish), a webinar on ubiquitous
learning (mobile and digital content) that is still open till the end of

If someone is interested, I can share a pdf file with the main
conclusiones of the previous webinar we have organized one year ago on "The
1:1 model (OLPC) as
public policy in Education. A regional look" (sorry, but also, only a
Spanish version).

Raul Bauer

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro <
salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear All,
> For those of you who are in San Jose, it has been great to meet you all. I
> would like to share some things we can learn from Barbados, see below:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Yacine Khelladi <yacine at yacine.net>
> Date: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM
> Subject: [CIVIC] Greater use of ICTs in education encouraged (Barbados)
> To: "Caribbean ICT stakeholders Virtual Community (CIVIC)" <
> civic at dgroups.org>
> Greater use of ICTs in education encouraged
> http://www.barbadosadvocate.**com/newsitem.asp?more=local&**NewsID=23453<
> http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=23453>
> 3/16/2012
> Transforming education through technology will require emphasis on learning
> how to create, how to collaborate and how to communicate in education
> without neglecting the content.
> That is according to one of the directors of Caribbean Online Academy, Dr.
> Lora Woodwall, who delivered the featured address at the Ministry of
> Education’s Barbados Technology in Education conference which opened
> yesterday morning at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
> “Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can help to transform
> education by helping us to create, collaborate and communicate differently
> and more effectively. However, in order to do this, we need to recognise
> that a clear vision needs to be communicated, a strategic plan developed
> and explicated and most importantly, people need to be at the forefront of
> that change,” said Dr. Woodwall.
> She stated that educational leaders, educators and students all have a
> critical role to play in the transformation of education and technology.
> “The question is not whether technology can transform education, but rather
> are we willing to make the changes that are necessary? Changes in the way
> we manage education, changes in the way that we teach, changes in the way
> that our students learn...”
> Dr. Woodwall noted that for change to occur in the Caribbean, “We need to
> inform the powers that be, that it is not our regard, if this is the case,
> to have a system that is so examination driven but that takes a whole
> society to say we want a different way of education. That is a huge
> cultural change and that is going to take awhile to happen but it can
> happen.”
> She said that the other way this is possible is to use technology to
> achieve the same aim.
> “Barbados is highly regarded in the Caribbean and the wider world for its
> education system even though that has been largely content driven, that
> does not mean that you should throw out that whole way of looking at things
> and adopt a completely new way. I think there is room for combination, so
> that we can make sure that our students still know the critical content but
> that we have the critical thinking and research skills that they need,”
> said Dr. Woodwall.
> According to her, teachers will also need to work on locating and adapting
> material to tailor the resources to the needs of Caribbean students.
> She added that students need to be taught how to effectively search for
> information online and how to evaluate the resources that they find.
> Dr. Woodwall stressed that educators are key to the integration of ICTs in
> the education system and any changes must have their involvement and
> support.
> This, she said, would require teachers to have the necessary knowledge and
> skills and understand the role of technology in teaching and learning.
> The conference runs for three days and is free to the public. It includes
> an exhibition displaying various institutions that work with technology,
> which many primary school students enjoyed viewing yesterday morning. (AR)
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