Computers should be and are used to drive subject material home. Competency-based activities are conducted to link realities in the classroom to those of everyday life. In this way, computers contextualize learning, giving teachers an opportunity to use real-life technology and develop research and problem solving skills that will serve them well in other contexts.
1600 teachers have been trained in district Gujrat of Punjab province, on the Getting Started Course by Intel Education. The majority of teachers reside in marginal urban or rural areas have benefited from these trainings. The Trainings emerged out of an early, relatively radical, policy decision to integrate technology and hold technology based teacher trainings in the schools by the DCO Gujrat, Mr. Abdul Ghafoor Bhatti. Each batch was monitored for quality and attendance by the EDO, Mr. Mohammad Mushtaq Bhatti and DMO, Mr. Mohammad Bilal Joiya.
“The work we do today is going to have a great impact on our future. It is encouraging for us to be able to have such support from a company, as reputable as Intel, and we sincerely appreciate the generosity of Intel Education in support of our efforts to educate the rural teachers in Pakistan”, said Mr. Mohammad Bilal Joiya, DMO.
Before conducting the teacher trainings, a Principals’ Awareness Workshop was held to disseminate the concept in which 150 administrators and principals participated.
In rural areas, effective teacher training also needs to address minority learning styles, linguistic and communication variations, behavioral characteristics, value differences, parent involvement, and the impact of poverty on academic performance. The infusion of technology into the teaching learning process seems to have the potential to change traditional notions of teacher training. Teacher training becomes a permanent and planned process with goals and objectives extended into the medium and long term.
EDO, Mr. Mohammad Mushtaq Bhatti, addressing the participants said, “All the headmistress and headmasters are allowed to utilize their funds to purchase new PC’s for their schools as per requirement and no audit or inquiry will set on it”. Opposite; EDO Gujrat Mr. Mohammad Mushtaq Bhatti and Mr. Azhar Iqbal Qadar along with some participants of the trainings