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Weaving Infotech Resources with Education (W.I.R.ED) PROJECT

Good teaching and effective learning have always been about making lessons interactive, relevant, memorable, fun…the extraordinary pace of change in information and communication technologies is offering teachers, parents and pupils exciting new opportunities. (DfEE, 2000, p5)

ICT has the capability to make a real difference to the learning which takes place, both in school and out of school.
When pupils learn about ICT and when they learn with ICT they are being equipped to participate in a constantly developing world;
a world where work and leisure time are continually adapting to keep in step with the progress of technology.
Children are developing real, transferable life skills through their use of ICT.
Chiefly, the effective use of ICT enables pupils to:

  • access, select and interpret data quickly and easily;
  • be creative and to take risks;
  • build cross-curricular learning skills;
  • communicate with others and present information in a range of ways;
  • develop the skills to select and use information in a discriminating, purposeful way;
  • increase their confidence and independence;
  • review, modify and evaluate their work to improve the quality;

On this background of the importance of ICT in children’s lives, the Ministry of Education introduced Bhutan WIRED Project in collaboration with Singapore International Foundation, Singapore, in five pilot schools in the country as the third phase of project between SIF and MoE.
The broad goal for the project “to help develop the capacity of Bhutan’s educational system to employ ICT for more effective learning, with the objective of equipping students with the knowledge and lifeskills for 21st century learning E

The Ministry of Education till date with SIF organised series of workshops to focal teachers of five pilot schools on the following components.

1st Training (July 2009) on Collaborative learning strategies:

  • KWL activity (Know, what you want to know, what you have learned)
  • Think pair share
  • Brain storming
  • Jigsaw Approach
  • Scaffolding

2nd Training (Dec 2009):

  • Bloom's Revised Taxonomy - HOTS and Types of Knowledge
  • Use of Goggle Docs and Ning in Blooms Taxonomy
  • Big Ideas and Backward Design
  • Ruth Clark's 4 Instructional Architectures
  • Designing lessons using Digital Learning Objects to fit learning objectives and instructional architecture
  • Setting up of NING and Photo Story

3rd Training (July 2010):

WebQuest for Meaningful Learning Classroom management skills which were very useful for Bhutanese Classroom setting. Software like Hot potatoes and free mind.

4th Training (August 2010) :

  • Production of Movie clip
  • Recording and production of a movie clips by groups.
  • Use of movie clips in teaching.

The workshops were very enriching and useful.
The participants were very excited as they were involved practically in producing movie clips on chosen topic.
By looking at the effort of the groups our Principal has assigned task relating production of movie clip.

Besides conducting SBIPs, the focal teachers tried in incorporating all the strategies and skills in classroom teachings.
The lesson plans are compiled in SIF files and the soft copies of the resources are updated and submitted to Ms. Germaine, SIF Volunteer.
Overall, the SIF Project so far equipped us with so many rewarding skills to make the teaching fruitful and fun filled tasks in the classrooms and collaborative classroom as well.

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