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Submitted by Reem N Bsaiso on

Hi Michael,
KERIS is truly pioneering and I refer to our visit before. Teachers changed role comes as an outcome of many interlacing elements within an enabling environment. The challenge remains mainly in developing countries, yet, Arab countries – for example spend by the most in the world on education yet results are wanting – hence it’s not just about the money / budget and availing the resource, is engaging these resources to serve the purpose.
I think there are enough examples worldwide that we need to move on from the “pilot” and quickly scale up. The cost of time if far more than the slow gain through piloting. Shared best practices can speed up. Cost of time can be through high unemployment cost and simply the adversity of pumping un-enabled generations into the already job saturated high unemployment markets and new knowledge-based markets. As you know, even having computer labs shared by students have proven wonders, why ? because of the delivery and addressing the upper order skills, not to mention the ‘hole in the wall’ example were children are apt to catch on technology however, wherever – not that we want that –but not having one laptop or handheld device per student should not stop us from pumping KE enabled children and youth. (here policies play a role that educations need to lobby – another topic altogether)
White board are obsolete technologies – not worth spending on, how so? We can have online interactive output projected walls with simple digitized gadgets. Perhaps we can use whiteboards to combat alphabetical illiteracy. Over 770 M adults around the world, 2 out of 3 of them women cannot read or write. 17% of the global adult population cannot read this sentence in their native language . even after spending four years in school, 250 million children still cannot read or write (but that is also another subject) – source WISE – Doha 2013
Also, I found out people mix up between classroom / school generated online content out of students / teachers activities and paid for digitizing of content which tends to be expensive and needs continuous updating i.e. turning curricula into a simulated / interactive one, which is of course amazing and useful but cost plays a role here.
My personal take is that Malasia is in the lead, they got it right.
At any rate the discussions sound amazing…true people misperceive ICT as a mobilizer but it’s just a tool and to create a mindset more is spend on the delivery mode to train teachers rather than the technology which is used in applying the concepts.
I could not go through all your documents but it cannot be in better hands !! great work…thank you.
In some counties you need to give teachers incentives to train !