Govt Distributes Tablets to Educators

Govt Distributes Tablets to EducatorsAntigua St. John's - Under the Human Entrepreneurship and Assistive Resource Technologies (HEART) project, the Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology, in collaboration with Telecoms Company LIME, allocated iPad air tablets to daycare and preschool operators on Wednesday.

The initiative was carried out so that teachers can utilize the device to provide new opportunities for young children’s learning and exploration in an early childhood education and child care setting. Additionally, while engaging with this digital form of literacy, it is hoped that the children will pick up and develop technological skills.

Minister of Telecommunications, Science, and Technology Dr Edmond Mansoor said the only criterion for teachers to participate in the programme is that they have to be registered with the Ministry of Education as a facility that offers daycare or early childhood services.

He said, “Over five years ago, we began modeling at the ministry how we can use technology in the early childhood setting. I am not just talking about providing a device and giving internet connectivity. I am talking about leveraging on that powerful world of technology so that those little ones in addition to learning their colors, alphabet, and all the development milestones that they need to meet, they are also meeting these early entry level technological milestones.”

Dr Mansoor added that under HEART, the ministry will also soon distribute boxes of early childhood resource materials such as Melissa and Doug educational tools, stacking toys, and ABC charts to early childhood and daycare centers across the island.

General Manager of LIME Davidson Charles believes the iPad, once combined with thoughtful teaching strategies, can maximize learning opportunities for young children.

“Several years ago, LIME partnered with the government on an initiative to upscale and computerize the early childhood education centers. At that time, LIME delivered 200 netbooks. Today, we are strengthening that partnership to deliver technology in the form of apple ipad airs…. Since their launch tablets has become increasingly popular in pre-schools and early years learning and in growing numbers people are buying them for their homes,” Charles said.

There are numerous iPad apps for use in Early Childhood, making it possible for the facilities to integrate innovative technology into classroom practice and transform student engagement and motivation to learn.

HEART is a multi-faceted, utterly revolutionary ICT project that is projected to impact directly on thousands of Antiguans & Barbudans. It is the third collaborative ICT project between the Government and Telecommunications Company LIME.

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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Oh please

#2 Jabar » 2014-04-25 10:49

Please get the computer labs working so we can produce some programmers and engineers not more Facebook users


RE: Govt Distributes Tablets to Educators

#1 Dr Dr BS » 2014-04-25 08:33

Is election around teh corner? Antiguans will never sell out their soul for rum, beeds and looking glass like back in the slavery days in Africa.

Dr Dr BS

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