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– IT TrainerThrough an innovative Information Technology move, the Ministry of Education may soon be able to connect classrooms in Georgetown with those in other administrative regions. In essence, the venture could allow a teacher in a city school for instance, to be able take on the role of a substitute teacher in another school,Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic, perhaps even in Lethem.IT Trainer, Marcia ThomasAt least this is according to Information Technology Trainer within the Education Minister,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, Ms. Marcia Thomas. She revealed during an interview with this newspaper that the Ministry is working in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to implement the ‘Connecting Classroom Project’.“If there is a teacher that is absent or we don’t have a teacher to teach Science or Maths in a particular school, this could see us twining the school with another. The plan is to set a specific time for a live session between classes. The schools will sign on together and a single teacher will deliver the lesson,” Thomas explained.And in order to ensure that teachers countrywide embrace the venture, an Information Technology workshop was held last week at the National Centre for Education Research and Development (NCERD).It was the first time that the Education Ministry has engaged such large scale IT sessions,Wholesale NBA Jerseys, as according to Thomas, “every teacher, about 75 from around the country who was invited, attended the workshop.”The workshop, Thomas said, had three major focuses which amplified the need for teachers to come together to examine the possibilities of Information Technology in the delivery of education. According to the IT Trainer, although there are already initiatives in the education system that are worthwhile, never before was the notion of connecting schools countrywide been examined as closely as it was last week. She related that the connectivity plan is expected to be realised through the use of a website www.ncerd.gy, which is currently being tested and edited. The website which is set to be officially launched soon was previewed by the teachers who attended the workshop.An interactive session of the workshopThe teachers were also able to peruse the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Information Technology and the Electronic Documentation Preparation and Management (EDPM) syllabi which are both subjects offered at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level. And this move was essential, Thomas noted,NFL Jerseys China, as very often Guyana is chastised for the quality of School Based Assessments (SBAs) submitted to CXC as it relates to IT.“We had everybody go through some SBA samples together to make sure they grasp a better understanding of how it should be done.”Aside from Thomas, the facilitators of the workshop included Ms. Kim Spencer, Subject Specialist in the Information Technology Department at NCERD; Ms. Katrice Messiah of UNICEF; EDPM specialists,Cheap Authentic Jerseys, Ms. Lucille Williams and Virginia Charles, both of Trinidad and Mr. Godfrey Munroe of the Management Information Systems (MIS) Unit within the Education Ministry.According to Thomas, it is her expectation that the workshop will not remain a prelude but rather foster actions towards the commencement of the very innovative IT venture within the education system. And in order to ensure that it is fully embraced,Cheap NFL Jerseys, she is hopeful that other workshops could be held with the teachers on an annual basis.“The teachers were very excited about everything we touched on. One thing that also came out of the workshop is that we have a lot of local talent.”Teachers, Thomas disclosed, were able to show previews of innovative lessons that they were able to prepare, databases that they had created and have been managing within their school systems that could probably work for the whole of Guyana.“So it was not only a workshop where we gave information, we also got feedback from our talented teachers,” Thomas asserted.
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