The capacity of the island’s primary school teachers to utilize Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been boosted.
This comes as the Ministry of Education’s Programme Coordinating Unit (PCU) works in collaboration with the Audio Visual Aids Department to continue to provide training through workshops aimed at empowering primary school teachers in the use of ICT.
Entitled the ‘Empowering Administrators Workshops’, participants include the Principal, Information Technology Coordinator and a class teacher from each school.
According to Programme Director in the PCU, Paul Murphy, “the ultimate goal of this workshop is to empower educators in lesson preparation and delivery using ICT to enable students to actively participate in the teaching/learning process”.
He stated that “principals are the instructional leaders in their schools and it is vital that they too are equipped with the necessary skills to facilitate the process”.
Each school team will be assisted by resource persons from the Audio Visual Aids Department and the Programme Coordinating Unit to produce a series of lessons using the technology, to be taught in their respective schools.
Mr. Murphy added that “the workshop’s long and short term goals will be monitored and evaluated by The Education Evaluation Centre of the University of the West Indies”.