Intel® Teach Project
Intel® Education Initiative
The training model was changed in 2006. Since then schools no longer nominated one facilitator for training. Training has been provided onsite at individual schools by skilled facilitators. This has proved more effective than the previous cascaded training model of delivery and has made it possible for large groups of teachers from each school to receive top quality training. Training is provided by SchoolNet SA and is funded either by the Provincial Education Department or the school. Intel has limited funding to continue to provide free training directly to teachers.
As educators progress through the training modules included in this program, they have the opportunity to collaborate with other educators and discuss ideas for planning projects and using technology in their classroom. They also have the opportunity to develop a specific project based on learning outcomes they would like to teach in the future according to the National Curriculum Statements. The goal is for educators to have a project that they can take back to their classrooms, one that allows them to raise the level of excellence in their classroom and meet important learning outcomes.
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Questions and Answers:
Q1. What is the Intel® Teach Programme?
A1. Intel® Teach is not a traditional “how to operate a PC” training programme. The programme was built on a proven model that trains educators how, when and where to incorporate ICT tools and resources into their current programmes of work, and align them with national curriculum statements.
Divided into modules, the curriculum enables teachers to develop a complete project that engages learners in the use of ICT to conduct research, compile information, and communicate with others.
Q2. How is the training being implemented?
A2. SchoolNet SA will manage the training programme. Senior Trainers will train teachers at each participating school. These facilitator-led workshops of the Intel® Teach programme will take place onsite at each school.
Q3. Why is Intel® doing this programme?
A3. Today's knowledge economy depends on the quality of our schools and the ability of our learners and educators to be independent lifelong learners with good knowledge management skills. It is well known that educators lack that extra dimension to their ICT training that focuses on how to integrate ICT with their learning programmes. The Intel® Teach Programme Essential Course provides this advanced training programme to fulfil that need.
From evaluation reports done in the USA and UK, a very high percentage of educators who complete the Intel® Teach Essentials Course, change their way of teaching and have found a renewed enthusiasm in themselves and their learners. It is this outcome that we strive to achieve in South Africa. Intel® Teach is the largest teacher development programme in the world.
Q4: How long will the programme continue in South Africa?
A4: We have now reached the stage where Provincial Education Departments are taking the programme further, with the support of SchoolNet SA. SchoolNet will continue to provide materials and trainers funded by Intel as long as the basic funding is provided by government.
Q5: Is the programme customized for South Africa?
A5. The international version of the curriculum has been adapted by Schoolnet SA, who were selected due to their reputable track record for integrating ICT into the curriculum. The University of KwaZulu-Natal will also provide credit to educators who wish to follow a pathway of learning in educational ICT. This will be subject to the educators completing their portfolios of work from the course and facilitating teachers at their own schools.
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