THE Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Dr Franco Rodie has highlighted a new project to help the ministry develop and access e-learning science materials for teaching and learning.
This was stated at the opening of a four-day World Teacher Day event in Auki on Tuesday.
The project will start next year, and will be funded by New Zealand.
Prior to that Dr Rodie said the ministry has conducted a trial in five schools in three provinces in the last two years to support teachers and students’ access digitalised teaching and learning materials in various subject areas.
However, he said the new project on the Digitalised science material will be made available to schools via their servers that teachers and students can accesses the material through their computers, tablets or smart phones to aid effective teaching and learning.
“I know many schools lacked computer, IT equipment or laboratory; however there is a plan in the pipeline to support schools so that they can have access to ICT tolls for teaching and learning.
“Despite the challenge and lack of ICT infrastructure in our school, I would like to encourage you that there is ever growing availability of online learning materials like video, audio, massive open online university courses and teachers’ lesion plan as well as the rise of newer learning format such as online tutoring.
“I think the relevant question we should pose ourselves at this gathering is how we can ensure technology can optimally assist teachers in our country to ensure that teaching and learning never stop.
“We could also step up teachers’ professional development program so that they can keep themselves with new pedagogies and development to capacitate themselves in the key areas of teaching, learning curriculum and assessment,” Dr Rodie told the teachers.
By SOLOMON LOFANA