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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The Alpena Road Commission is reminding residents to be careful where they leave plowed snow

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Road Commission is reminding residents and business owners to be mindful of where they are leaving plowed snow.Michigan law says plowing or shoveling snow into the road or highway is illegal. That includes moving snow or ice into the shoulder lane.Snow left in the road can pose hazards to drivers and cause damage to snow removal equipment. Police can issue tickets for such offenses.For more information on safety and plowing tips, visit alpcrc.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Road Commisson, snow, snow removalContinue ReadingPrevious Officials attempt to locate a man thought to be stranded on Lake HuronNext Photo of the Day for Friday, January 25last_img read more

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Mancini unveils backroom staff as new-look Italy meet for first time

first_img0Shares0000Italy’s national football team newly appointed head coach, Roberto Mancini (R) and Italy’s team manager Gabriele Oriali pose at the national team’s training centre at Coverciano near Florence. © AFP / Carlo BRESSANMILAN, Italy, May 23 – New Italy coach Roberto Mancini has unveiled his backroom staff as his 28-man squad meet for the first time on Wednesday evening for a training camp at Coverciano, outside Florence ahead of three upcoming friendlies.Mancini — who left Zenit Saint Petersburg to take charge of Italy — was appointed last week six months after the four-time World Cup winners’ shock failure to qualify for the finals in Russia. The 53-year-old’s staff is made up of people he worked with during his coaching career at clubs including Manchester City, Inter Milan and Zenit Saint Petersburg.Former Inter Milan and Fiorentina midfielder Gabriele Oriali, 65, remains on in his position as team manager.Mancini’s assistant coaches will be Alberico Evani, Angelo Adamo Gregucci, Giulio Nuciari, and Fausto Salsano.Massimo Battara — who worked alongside Mancini at Manchester City and Zenit Saint Petersburg — will remain with him as goalkeeping coach.Giovanni Brignardello and Claudio Donatello will be the fitness coaches, with medical staff made up of Carmine Costabile and Angelo De Carli; physiotherapists Alfonso Casano, Maurizio Fagorzi, Emanuele Randelli, and Fabrizio Scalzi. The osteopath will be Walter Martinelli.Matteo Pincella will be in charge of nutrition, and Antonio Gagliardi the match analyst.Mancini has been appointed on a two-year contract until Euro 2020 with the option to extend to June 2022 before the World Cup in Qatar.His first game in charge will be a friendly against Saudi Arabia in St. Gallen, Switzerland on May 28.Italy will also play a friendly on Friday, June 1 in Nice against France, and the Netherlands, who also failed to qualify for the World Cup, on Monday, June 4 in Turin.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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