Posted by Mbarek at 19:51
Both programs ending on the same day ! What a coincidence ! These are the last moments of the online course I was taking at the American English Institute entitled Building Teachers Skills Through The Interactive Web which lasted for ten weeks . At the same time , these are the last moments of the International Visitors Program on elementary and secondary education in USA which lasted for three weeks . Both have been very interesting and informative and both have come to an end on the same day ! I could drop none of them . All I wished was to have enough time for both of them . Fortunately , I managed to carry on with both ! Sincerely it wasn`t that easy .Sometimes , I hardly found time to do my assignments I had to submit on Wednesdays and Sundays . Nevertheless , I was determined not to drop out of the course no matter what it cost me and here I am joyfully celebrating virtually my achievement and more determined than ever before to continue my struggle for integrating technology in my classroom . This course recharged my batteries to boost my struggle to put into practice what I have learnt during the course and along the trip .
Posted by Mbarek at 23:06
I m currently on a visit to the USA as a participant in an International Visitor Leadership project entitled ` primary and Secondary Education ` the objectives of which are to provide an overview of primary and secondary education , politics , debates , advocacy , and regulation at the federal , state , local and grassroots levels , pedagogy , curriculum and everything involved in the American educational system.
One of the striking things I have noticed in our field visits to several schools is the advanced stages American schools have reached in integrating technology in teaching . Technological equipment is available in every classroom , computers , smart boards , video projectors ,software etc . Computer labs are well equipped and all the teachers I heve asked said they use technology in their classroom in one way or another .
I sadly think of my school where the only computer room isn`t available for students who badly need it to develop their skills and promote their learning , simply because the school principal is scared at the idea that if students get in the room ,they may damage one or more of the old computers (being damaged by time for the third year ) and his superiors would blame him for that . I thought to myself , the digital divide is not only that of technological materials and equipment , it is also that of the minds .