Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011

And here is another useful resource from the World Economic Forum available for download. Over 150 countries listed including Guyana. Briefly Guyana seems to be hovering around 100th place as it has been for a few years. This does not mean things are unchanging of course since most countries will be slowly advancing technologically year by year.

Handbook on Climate Change for Caribbean Journalists

Came across this publication which is available for downloading. An excellent resource for teachers and students. Comprising 60 pages it covers the facts and goes into some details for the Caribbean, country by country - including Guyana. It also deals with various conventions, has a FAQ and lists of resources.

ITCZ gone south

The Inter-tropical Convergence Zone finally moved south a week or so ago. The weather is now mainly dry.

Many thanks to the BBC weather site for the picture.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ICT in schools

I do not intend to comment on our OLPF project other than to say that I hope it overcomes the challenges it faces and achieves significant success.Likewise the ICT for schools programme being run by the Ministry of Education. However, on this front there is recent news of interest.

An article reported in the Antigua Observer describe a soon-to-be-published study by the IBD which quotes a source as saying:

“It is vital for governments to conduct careful evaluations of these initiatives and, particularly, to budget enough resources to train teachers and develop adequate software for students. Countries cannot expect that learning will improve with simply greater access to computers. Quality of use is crucial.”


“The evidence so far indicates that programmes that overlook teacher training and the development of specific software may yield very low returns. Also, rather than doing homework or studying, children with weak adult supervision at home may spend more time using computers in ways that do little to boost their educational achievement”

It would seem that an effort is being made to avoid these pitfalls but it will not be easy given our resources. What ever happens we need to patiently learn from the successes and failures and move on from there. Endless finger-pointing is not productive.

The IDB study
The “pilots disorder” continues to provoke controversy about the use of ICT for Education
Worst practice in ICT use in education