SchoolNet Uganda Activities

Helping schools to enhance the teaching and learning process using Information Communication Technology (ICT) through provision of affordable computers, ICT for Education advise and sensitization, technical capacity building and support, teacher pedagogical professional development and support, local education content development, school networking and school international linkages for project-based learning

SchoolNet Uganda –Close the Gap ICT4E Teachers workshop held at Gayaza High School (Mon 17th May – Frid 21st May ) 2010

Background

SchoolNet Uganda-Close the Gap ICT4E pilot project is a 2 year project implemented by SchoolNet Uganda (http://schoolnetuganda.sc.ug ), in partnership with Close the Gap (http://www.close-the-gap.org ) and the beneficiary schools. The pilot project involves 20 secondary schools selected mainly from the western and northern parts of Uganda.  Close-the-Gap was responsible for providing 10 computers to each of the participating schools. SchoolNet Uganda is responsibility for building the technical and pedagogical capacity necessary for optimally utilizing the computers to enhance teaching and learning and to provide on-going technical and pedagogical support to the participating schools.

Participating schools

The following schools are currently participating in the pilot project: St. Mary’s Girls Secondary School Ediofe (Arua), Muni Girls Secondary School (Arua), Arua Public Girls Secondary School (Arua), Transform Education Centre Kasangati (Wakiso),Gulu College (Gulu), Gulu Secondary School (Gulu), Awere Secondary School (Gulu) , Kitara Secondary School (Hoima), Karambi Secondary School (Kasese), Mt. Rwenzori Girls Secondary School (Kasese), Bwera Secondary School, Bukomero Secondary School (Kiboga), High Standard Secondary School Kateera (Kiboga), Gayaza High School (Wakiso), Masheruka Girls Secondary School (Bushenyi), Masindi Secondary School (Masindi), Iganga Secondary School (Iganga), Trinity High School–Kawempe (Kampala), Aringa Secondary School (Yumbe) and Kapchorwa Senior Secondary School (Kapchorwa).

The Workshop

The 5-day ICT4E Teachers’ workshop was organized and conducted by SchoolNet Uganda at Gayaza High School (17th May -21st May) 2010. It was attended by 19 project schools. SchoolNet Uganda was responsible for training, feeding and accommodation costs and the schools were responsible for transporting teachers to and from the workshop venue.

Workshop Objectives:

The workshop had a number of objectives which included:

  • To provide participants an opportunity to interact both formally and informally for the purpose of peer learning and knowledge sharing.
  • To reflect on the current Uganda educational system and how national and global changes are impacting or likely to impact on the Uganda educational system.
  • To introduce participants to teaching methodologies needed to equip learners with 21st century skills needed to be functionally literate and competitive in the 21st century.
  • To brainstorm the challenges schools are facing in providing quality education, how ICT4E can help in addressing some of the challenges and the skills teachers would need to implement ICT4E.
  • To provide participants with an exposition of how ICT4E can be used to enhance teaching and learning.
  • To Develop participants’ communication, presentation, team work and collaborative skills.
  • To develop participants’ information literacy and Internet research skills.
  • To enhance participants’ positive attitude towards self-development and towards ICT4E.
  • To introduce participants to education digital content.
  • To develop participants’ skills to create multimedia PowerPoint presentations.
  • To introduce participants to project-based learning, the Innovative Teacher Forum, iEARN Collaboration centre and Microsoft PiL Network.
  • To brainstorm the critical success factors for ICT4E in schools.

Workshop Report

The workshop report is available for download using the link below:

SNU_ICT4E Teachers Workshop _2010_web_Report

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AWARDS

Over the years, SchoolNet Uganda has received a number of International and national awards for its contribution to ICT4D. Some of the awards are:

  1. Stockholm Challenge Finalist
  2. The Golden Nica Award by Prix Ars Electronica
  3. ICT Capacity Development Award by Uganda Communication Commission
  4. The Uganda Annual Best FOSS Integration Case Award, 2005