UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have recently published a report on the ICT educational integration and readiness of 38 Latin American and Caribbean countries. We had a quick look through and it is worth a read to give some insight into the factors, such as education policy, teacher training, and infrastructure, that can drive or hamper the integration of ICTs in schools.
Some key points from the report:
- The report showed that Caribbean countries have much higher levels of ICT-assisted instruction using computers and the Internet than in South and Central America, where lack of infrastructure is an obstacle to e-readiness.
- However, there are some exceptions. In Uruguay, for example, the learner-to-computer ratio in primary school is 1:1, thanks to a one-laptop-per child policy, while in the Dominican Republic, where the provision of basic electricity in schools is a challenge, an average of 122 pupils share a single computer.
- There is also a surprising lack of teachers trained in the use of educational technology. In Saint Kitts and Nevis, for example, where 100% of primary schools are well equipped with ICTs, a negligible number of teachers are ICT-qualified, potentially undermining the effectiveness of technology in the classroom.
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