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Published on January 1, 2009

Author: david.kiziria

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Deer Leap : Deer Leap www.dlf.ge 2007 Program for the introduction of Information and Communication Technology in the Education System of Georgia Basic Data Georgia Education System : Basic Data Georgia Education System Population of Georgia - 4,6 million; Schools – 2300 (absolute majority of schools are K12) Students – 600.000 Teachers – 70.000 Internet penetration - 6-7% Active phase of Educational reforms started in 2004 – reform.edu.ge Introduction of the new national curriculum – 2005 Launch of the Deer Leap school computerization program based on successful Estonian experience of Tiger Leap- 2005 Program GoalThe main goal of the program is to facilitate the modernization of the educational system in Georgia by creating a country-wide school-based ICT infrastructure and building capacity in modern information technology. : Program GoalThe main goal of the program is to facilitate the modernization of the educational system in Georgia by creating a country-wide school-based ICT infrastructure and building capacity in modern information technology. Expected outcome Students have renewable competences oriented on the modern challenges, they are valuable and flexible members of information society by means of formation ICT-concentrated educational environment. Deer Leap Pilot stage 2005-2006Creation of network of Model schools and linked to them not-model schools; Establishing training centers at the Model schools; Developing and sharing basic ICT competencies; Piloting projects; Developing infrastructure. : Pilot stage 2005-2006Creation of network of Model schools and linked to them not-model schools; Establishing training centers at the Model schools; Developing and sharing basic ICT competencies; Piloting projects; Developing infrastructure. Next stage 2009-2011 Program phases Extension stage 2007-2008Equipping and connecting all schools; Developing ICT curriculum and ICT competencies; e-learning programs; Creating new learning environment Sources of funding: State budget Donor organizations Maecenas Program focuses : Program focuses To equip school with computer technology Indicator - 1 computer per 20 students by the end of 2008; To provide Internet access Indicator – all schools are connected to the Internet; To train teachers Indicator – 70 % of teachers have ICT skills, 10 % of them can communicate these skills to their colleagues; To integrate ICT in learning process Indicator- There are various ICT-capable educational resources effectively utilized by teachers\students in the educational process. Technical Equipment : Technical Equipment Initial conditions 2900 computers 1 computer per 200 students 50% of computers are in a working condition Only 5% of schools are equipped Delivered to schools under Deer Leap Program (Nov07) 16700 computers 1 computer per 36 students All computers are brand new “Thin Client” model is used in bigger schools All schools get computers New Technical equipment : New Technical equipment School equipment run on Ubuntu Linux OS Target ratio - 1 computer per 20 students –by 2008 Minimum 1 computer lab at school Data projector LAN Internet Extra camera and printer to the model schools Technical equipment – OS : Technical equipment – OS Software for school desktop is Free Commercial Support is available Localization to Georgian is supported Large community of supporters and developers exists Practice of usage in similar social environment can be shared Orientation towards future partnership is valued Key Factors for Choice of Ubuntu Technical equipment - Distribution of computers : Technical equipment - Distribution of computers Technical equipment – year 2007 indicators : Technical equipment – year 2007 indicators 1 computer per 36 students by the end of 2007 2 students share 1 computer in the lab Slide 11: Internet Access Slide 12: Teacher training Computer basics for the teachers (70% of the teachers, up to 20% trained by Sep 2007) operational system Linux; User programs – Open office.org; Internet basics; InTech-based, second-level training course: (10% of the teachers trained at the first level) Lesson plans oriented at ICT utilization; Visual materials (Multimedia); Team and individual tasks; Lesson summery, evaluation/self-estimation; Detailed description of lesson process and methodology used. Slide 13: Number of trained teachers in 2006-2007 Percentage of trained teachers according to the regions : Percentage of trained teachers according to the regions Slide 15: One of the strategic priority of the program is ICT integration in learning process on the basis of cooperation with other components of educational system – supporting creation of high quality educational e-resources and their implementation in the learning process. Indicators: There are various ICT-capable educational resources; There are corresponding platforms/software (LMS/LOR), which provide easy accessibility and effective management of e-resources to students/teachers. ICT integration in learning process Educational e-products : Educational e-products Educational portal, where educational e-resources will be published and systematized (09.2007) Creation/translation/implementation of basic manipulation e-resources according to the subjects, that will help teachers to create and utilize e-components together with students (09.2007) Interdisciplinary educational projects (databases, virtual models, and simulations) (has already begun). Distance learning programs – priority areas include Georgian and Foreign languages in 2007; as well as vocational educational programs (has already begun). Important priority is to create methodological basis and identify and determine parameters of educational e-products, together with National Curriculum and Assessment Center, for further evaluation and monitoring. Slide 17: Educational e-resources Basic manipulation instruments according to the subjects Masses of the first e-data/visual materials e-lessons Virtual models & systemized databases Simulations Interdisciplinary learning and research projects Foreign languages Vocational Programs Georgian language Skills and etc. (Distance) Educational community center e-consortium Chemistry-Physics Virtual labs Astronomy Virtual labs Instruments of Geographical modeling E-maps and etc. Implementation phases of ICT Curicullum : Implementation phases of ICT Curicullum E-resource development directly depends on school e-environment (equipment and IT competency level) and therefore because of the lack of technology and low IT competency at the first stage, main emphasis is made on the interdisciplinary projects. Slide 19: Educational Projects Centralized Humanitarian projects (Vakhtang VI, writers’ web-sites, literary magazines and etc.) Projects in sciences International IEARN.org GlobalGateway.org Globe.gov European school net – eun.org School initiatives Distance Learning programs on the basis of Georgian language text-book “Tavtavi” - http://tavtavi.skola.dlf.ge Slide 20: School project activities 300 students from 60 pubic schools took part in the contest organized to reveal the best essay from educational material and discussions organized around these essays, as well as the best comments attached to the educational program and supplementary texts. 203 web-pages of Georgian and foreign writers are published on Deer Leap portal. More then 150 schools are working on the writer's web-pages nowadays. Over 200 literary magazines were prepared by the end 2006. The number of young authors, who published their prosaic, poetic works or translations in the magazines exceeds 1500. More then 500 students from 200 schools took part in the contest to translate one poem from English, German, French, Azerbaijan and Armenian languages into Georgian. 1300 students of 113 schools were engaged in “My environment” summer contest07. Well organized group of students and teachers obtained information on their community ecosystem (location, geographical map, climate, natural resources, flora/fauna and etc) history, culture, demography and publicized on the net. All these materials are published on Deer Leap web-site and are open to share. Currently up to 300 schools, from 650 that are currently involved in Deer Leap program, take active part in the educational ICT projects. Slide 21: Program sustainability Technical support “Hot line” service; Technical support service for Tbilisi schools; IT managers in Educational Resource-Centers of districts; General educational network management center; Specialized trainings Web-design courses; System administration courses; Software localization support into Georgian Promotion of ICT managers institute at schools E-program sustainability maintenance by fostering involvement rate of outer resources (research centers, universities, communities, NGO and Business sectors) Expenditure according to the program focuses : Expenditure according to the program focuses sum, GEL Expenditure according to the program focuses : 13,056,000 16,340,000 Expenditure according to the program focuses Slide 24: Program influence level School – Educational environment rich with interactive and other resources is formed on the basis of ICT, that will make learning process more interesting and effective; Academic society – effective cooperation platform is being formed among stakeholders (schools, research institutes, universities, museums...) on the basis of interdisciplinary project activities. Educational system – to support reform in the bounds of the program by means of supporting current tendencies and transformation of old institutions; School, society, community – to increase involvement of individual members of society with the help of school labs by means of information accessibility and cooperation opportunities; Country – to support poverty reduction and technology capable economy by means of digital literacy improvement; Global Dimension – to develop dynamically on the basis of digital technologies in the Euro Atlantic space by means of supporting regional and transnational intercultural dialogue.

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