Dominica To Formulate Strategy For Development Of ICT In Education

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share (L-R): Chief Education Officer Steve Hyacinth and Neil Butcher, Educational Technology Specialist seated to the extreme right. Photo credit: Dionne Durand.Roseau, Dominica –-Dominica is on course to take the lead among its regional counterparts in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education.“I think even though the ICT investments in Dominica are not necessarily as large as in other countries, you are well placed to be a regional leader and potentially a global leader,” said Educational Technology Specialist Neil Butcher, following a fact finding mission here to develop a three-year strategy for the professional development of teachers in ICT Education.Butcher who has conducted similar missions in several other Caribbean countries, said he had explored with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, strategies to support teachers in developing the skills to use ICT effectively in schools.“What we have found in Dominica so far has been a growing level of investment in ICT infrastructure, a degree of professional development activities, but above all, a tremendous passion and commitment for use of ICT in education in this country.“So we think there is tremendous opportunity here because there is a committed workforce with people who want to move Dominica forward through effective use of ICT in schools,” he said.Butler addressing participants. Photo credit: Dionne DurandAccording to Butcher’s findings, several investments have been made in ICT in Education in Dominica as a significant number of schools have been equipped with fully functional computer labs. The Education Management Information System (EMIS) will also be compulsory in all schools by the end of 2012 and under the Free Internet for Schools Programme, 2 mbps internet connectivity has been supplied to most schools free of charge compliments telecommunications provider LIME.The mission also concluded that based on the commitment of policy makers to the advancement of the ICT sector, “the funding for programmes will continue to increase and not decrease” giving Dominica a competitive advantage in ICT development.Priority areas for the development of ICT in Education include the completion of a capacity audit for target audiences such as Curriculum Officers, ICT Officers and staff of the Dominica State College (DSC). There are also plans to review the current ICT modules in the Associate Degree Programme at the DSC and introduce an online certificate programme in ICT in Education for primary and secondary school teachers.The programme is sponsored by Commonwealth of Learning, The Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO, and Microsoft.By: Dionne DurandPublic Relations Specialist, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Developmentcenter_img 88 Views   2 comments Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Dominica To Formulate Strategy For Development Of ICT In Education by: – February 4, 2012last_img read more

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Women’s soccer prepares for Big Ten tourney with NCAA bid on the line

first_imgIt’s a new season for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. The 10 wins, six losses, two ties, an impressive 6-2-2 road record and an up and down season with remarkable wins and demoralizing losses has come to an end. The end of the regular season marks the beginning of what the players and coaches are calling a “new season” for the Badgers as they head to Champaign, Ill., as the six seed in this year’s Big Ten Conference tournament. The Badgers (10-6-2, 5-5-1 Big Ten) earned a berth into the tournament by beating Northwestern this past Saturday and will kick off the tournament against the third seed, Penn State Nittany Lions (13-5-1, 7-4-0 Big Ten), Wednesday.Winning just two out of seven games heading into the Northwestern game, the Badgers put themselves in a must-win situation. Having been shutout in their previous two games, head coach Paula Wilkins was happy to see her team bounce back with three goals and gain some momentum before the Big Ten tournament.“Yeah it gave us some confidence,” Wilkins said. “I think the biggest thing was getting three goals and getting a lot of opportunities. I think that was something we needed to do. We had a lot of opportunities against Minnesota and Indiana but just weren’t able to complete them, so that was important as well as getting the win.”Wisconsin’s opponent Wednesday, Penn State, beat the Badgers in their only matchup of the season earning a 2-1 win in Madison in early October. Penn State comes into the tournament having won three out of their last five games with senior Maya Hayes leading the way. One of, if not the best players in the Big Ten, Hayes leads the Big Ten in points (70) and goals (31) by a long shot. The next closest player in each category has just 46 points and 20 goals. Penn State also leads the Big Ten in goals (70), goals per game (2.69), assists (85) and assists per game (3.27).It will undoubtedly be a tough test for the young Badgers squad, but junior Cara Walls understands the challenges the Nittany Lions will present them and the key to stopping such a high-powered offense.“They have a lot of really good one-on-one players,” Walls said. “So we’re going to have to defend smartly and as a group. But we know that they’re a beatable team right now so we just have to exploit their weaknesses and defend well.”With 18 of the 26 players on the team being freshmen or sophomores and just one senior in the starting lineup, the Badgers come into the tournament as one of the younger teams in the eight team field. Despite being the lone senior in the starting lineup, Alev Kelter, sees her fellow teammates as a unified team with each player providing their own leadership role.“I think everyone has a leadership role on the team,” Kelter said. “So I think as far as my role goes, just bringing the aggressiveness and doing the little things well. We’re going to stay cohesive as a unit and do the simple things well.”Wilkins also believes that there isn’t just one leader on this Badger squad but sees a leader at each position group on the team.“Everybody can lead us,” Wilkins said. “[Genevieve Richard] has been a consistent factor for us in the back and I think she’s done a great job. I think you look for some leadership from your seniors on the field and I think [Alex Heller] has done a great job essentially in the back. And again from [Rose Lavelle], our freshman, she needs to do something special.”That something special from Lavelle, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the year, or any other player, will try to push the Badgers through the Big Ten tournament and into the NCAA tournament. It will be a tough challenge for UW with Nebraska (1), Michigan (2), Indiana (4), Illinois (5), Iowa (7) and Minnesota (8) rounding out the rest of the field for the tournament.Despite being the third lowest seed, Walls, Kelter, Wilkins and the rest of the Badgers’ team are upbeat about their chances not just Wednesday, but for the rest of the tournament, realizing it’s a new season and their work throughout the year culminates to the next couple of days.“This is a new season, a new start for us,” Walls said. “We get to go at winning a Big Ten championship and it’s something that we should go for.”“It’s a fresh start,” Kelter added. “We’re going to keep being simple and play our game. We just know that it will be a new season from now on.”It will be about consistency and focusing on one game at a time in the single elimination tournament according to Wilkins.“It’s one game at a time,” Wilkins said. “We have to focus and put everything in that one little moment that we can. The details are going to matter. Everything we’ve done the whole entire season is leading up to this.”Wednesday’s game is slated to kick off at 10:30 a.m. from the University of Illinois with the victor taking on the winner of the Michigan (2) and Iowa (7) game.last_img read more

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YOUR GUIDE TO SOME SPOOKY HALLOWE’EN FUN IN DONEGAL

first_imgLetterkenny CDP Monster Bash is today from 4pm until 7pm. Go along for some scary fun.Letterkenny C.D.P. would like you to join them at their annual Halloween Monster Bash in Letterkenny Community Centre, Pearse Road Letterkenny.It will be a “Scary” fun-filled night for all the family. KillybegsIn Killybegs we are having a Halloween Parade on Sun 26th, starting at 7pm.The Sligo based arts group ‘Artastic’ are facilitating a number of workshops in the local schools to create Halloween Costumes & Puppets. We will also have our very own Ghostly Boat with pyra technics. We want to encourage anyone in the area to come along dress up & join the parade.Lifford At Lifford Courthouse the dungeons have been transformed for family Halloween shows today – for the kids. Night Terrors are on the 29th & 30th and are suitable for adults (sounds frightening). Go to www.liffordoldcourthouse.com. Don’t forget that Booking is essential! – Call 074 91 41733.GartanGartan OETC are running Halloween camps from Tuesday 28th till Friday 31st October.DowningsJunior Halloween Golf Camp Rosapenna Driving RangeThurs 30th & Fri 31st OctoberLetterkennyTropical Spooks at Alcorns, Letterkenny. Open from Monday 27th October to Sunday 2nd November @ 4.00PM – 8.00PM. Booking is essential. CastlefinnCastlefinn Dance GroupCastlefinn Dance Group are holding a Halloween Dance in McBrides on Tuesday 28th October from 9pm to 11.30pm. Music by O.B. Sound. Fancy Dress optional. RossnakillA Halloween themed fundraiser in Rossnakill Community Centre for Little Rascals Playgroup continues today. The community centre is turned into a huge haunted maze with themed rooms and scare zones, provide Halloween games, bouncy castle etc… – we have 30 local volunteers who dress up and scare the visitors.RaphoeHogwarts Express at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, takes place next Friday, October 31 and Saturday November 1 – 4pm til late. Promises to be the ghost train from hell. Bring plenty of nerves.Glenveagh National ParkOíche Shamhna ag Ghleann Bheatha – Halloween at Glenveagh National ParkToday – Sunday the 26th & Monday the 27th OctoberTraditional Music Session at the CastleChildren’s Colouring Competition at the Visitor Centre ( prize a Family Heritage card)Craft Stalls at the Visitor CentreFind the Pumpkin Competition at the CastleAutumn Nature Activities at the Bridge House Education Centre 12 noon – 4pmWalkers Bus to the Head of the Glen, leaving the Visitor Centre at 10amMonday 27th OctoberBirds of Prey at the Castle ( 1pm – 4pm )FalcarraghSaturday, November 1. Spooky stories at An tSean Bheairic from 2pm – followed by spooky treasure hunt through the town. €500 in prizes.YOUR GUIDE TO SOME SPOOKY HALLOWE’EN FUN IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2014HalloweenWhat’s on?last_img read more

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