TL replacement Team Leader resigned in September 2010 Despite, the project team accomplished more than it was expected Continuity on the project activities were not jeopardized Project Officer and Key expert 2 compensated missing TL KING ICT appointed a new person who helps Project Officer in her activities The process of searching for a new TL is on its end, itll be finished till the end of this month
Cooperation with local stakeholders MEST – the project has great support by MEST, especially by Mr. Osmani MCT – the project received comments from Mr. Kukaj for Tender Review Local experts – they have mostly good qualifications for completing project tasks
Progress during reporting period 1/6 Component 1 - Institutional Readiness for use of ICT in learning, teaching and administration in education Design the methodology for e-readiness assessment; The institutions, bodies and relevant stakeholders from whom to obtain relevant data and information required for the eReadiness identified Collect and analyze the overall information of use of ICT based on field assessment, Two focus groups organized with the goal of collecting information
Focus Group meetings
Progress during reporting period 2/6 Component 2 - Technical assistance to prepare for receipt of ICT equipment by the schools and educational institutions participating in the pilot project list of the potential institutions that will be evaluated for participation in the pilot project gathered standard form of the questionnaire and indicators which will be used in the data analysis structured current state of each individual pre-selected institution related to all relevant factors (communication infrastructure, state of classrooms and computer labs, personnel training etc.) determined the list of proposed pilot institutions to the ECLO and MEST prepared together with short report about field research the list of pilot institutions together with ECLO and MEST finalized
Progress during reporting period 3/6 Component 2 - Technical assistance to prepare for receipt of ICT equipment by the schools and educational institutions participating in the pilot project the list of equipment for ideal school classroom in schools prepared, as well as the typical equipment for other pilot institutions the needs for equipment for future EDUNet Network Operating Centre analyzed the draft Tender Dossier for ICT equipment reviewed the draft proposal of updated Tender Dossier prepared stakeholders about proposed changes consulted the proposal of the Review Tender Dossier finalized
Statistics about field research Pre-selection criteria Preselection on basis of existing databases All types of institutions and schools were covered Primary, Gymnasiums and VET schools Special schools and minoritiy schools Didactic centers Municipality education departments University of Pristina IT Centre University of Pristina, Faculty of Education After school clubs Geographic dispersion All regions of Kosovo were covered Urban and rural schools Existance of IT equipment Good or partially equiped Not equipped at all
Statistics about field research Number of schools and institutions visited - 104 Primary schools - 42 Secondary schools - 35 Gymnasiums - 12 VET schools - 23 Special schools - 3 Minority schools - 6 Bosnian - 2 Serbian - 2 Turkish - 2 Didactic Centres - 5 MEDs - 8 Afterschool Clubs – 3 University of Pristina - 2
Statistics about field research Number of schools and institutions selected - 40 Primary schools - 6 Secondary schools - 13 Gymnasiums - 7 VET schools - 6 Special schools - 3 Minority schools - 4 Bosnian - 1 Serbian - 2 Turkish - 1 Didactic Centres - 5 MEDs - 5 Afterschool Clubs – 1 University of Pristina – 2 MEST - 1
Progress during reporting period 4/6 Component 3 - ICT training provided and capacity building of ICT training institutions delivered participant analysis and need analysis performed for training of teachers level, model and duration of training for training of teachers determined programs of training of teachers and train the trainers defined and developed criteria for selecting trainers developed some future trainers of teachers selected participant analysis and need analysis performed for Workshops for principals of pilot schools, MED directors and DC coordinators level, model and duration of workshop for managers determined program of workshop for managers defined and developed
Progress during reporting period 5/6 Component 4 - Development and piloting of eContent Material for Education characteristics of e-content material, requirements for pilot testing and to produce repository specifications analyzed existing commercial and Open Source Learning Object Repositories analyzed based on defined requirements and specifications
Progress during reporting period 6/6 Component 5 - Communication Network for Education pilot tested proposal on strategies for the EDUNet design and implementation based on actual situation on the field and future expectations field visits of two potential places for NOC and reports written design and logical topology of NOC Transmission of Technical Topology Criteria for Logical designing of LAN, MAN and WAN Discussions on subnetting/VLSM (Variable-length subnet masking), VLANs, IP address schema for NOC MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) design
Progress after reporting period 1/4 Component 1 eReadiness report finished according collected data and analysis in the previous period Preparatory work done for Action plan creation Work on legal framework started
Progress after reporting period 2/4 Component 2 revisit of pilot institutions, to inform them about supply tender contract details and to coordinate preparatory work for equipment delivery to pilot institutions checking of existing documentation to define the following: Room intended for eClassroom Space intended for sitting Wireless Access Point Space intended for supplementary desktops (for Upper Secondary and VET only) inspection and documentation (photographs) of defined rooms/specifications to communicate to the pilot institution rrepresentative the scope of the needed adaptation works and presented him typical PC arrangements in a classroom the pilot institution representative to nominate a person which will be responsible for maintenance of delivered equipment and responsible for issues related to delivery and installation of equipment inform the pilot institution representative on security concept that institution has to develop.
Progress after reporting period 3/4 Component 3 Selection of trainers of teachers finished (the project team has selected 18 candidates) Train the trainers course delivered to selected trainers Plan for further training of trainers prepared – online course during November and Presentation skills training during December E-learning Management training materials finalised Preparatory work for eLearning Center documentation done
Train the trainers program
Progress after reporting period 4/4 Component 4 Preparatory work for eContent selection: participants selected and invited, presentation prepared, eContent repository prepared eContent selection workshop organised – 16 participants (teachers) 14 multimedia lessons from 5 different subjects (mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and English language) selected they will be translated to Albanian, Serbian, Turkish and Bosnian language and adapted for children with special needs
eContent Selection workshop
Sustainability In order to assure the sustainability, the project team invests lot of time working with local communities All pilot institutions were visited twice by project experts, and they will be visited more times during the project and also invited on project events We faced great level of involvement by local people who work for beneficiaries, e.g. MEST, schools, DCs, MEDs etc., for example 15 teachers were working during the whole weekend in order to select eContent for pilot Participants of two focus group workshops were also enthusiastic Challenge: local experts are needed to continue activities after the project
Dissemination The project experts prepared recommendations and comments for MEST eLearning Strategy, as well as Kosovo Education Strategic Plan The project members actively participated on the conferences in the field: Kosovo Education Strategic Plan and Basic Education, by USAID The project cooperate with other projects in the field: SWAP, Curriculum Framework etc. All project success stories will be published on the project web site, soon.
Project web home page
Crosscuting issues In field research, as well as in selection included minority schools and schools for children with special needs Among selected pilot institutions are 3 minority schools and 3 special schools, eContent will be adopted for their usage and special needs (language and adaptation for specific need) All training material will be translated in minority languages: Serbian, Bosnian and Turkish Minority representatives participate in focus groups, Bosnian minority representative was present on the first focus group and Serbian minority representative was present on the second focus group Trainers selected in the manner that they can deliver trainings in minority languages Training participants will be selected on the way to have equal gender representation
Conclusions All project activities are on-going according to the initial plan A few of the activities started later because of later acceptance of Inception report than the project team initially planned. It was critical for the project to perform field research, pilot institutions selection and tender review, because a lot of future actions are dependent on results of above mentioned activities. Component 5 activities should be more developed as they are at the moment, but this problem will be compensated with appointment of the new Team Leader. In next reporting period, we should concentrate more on project visibility, visual identity materials, as well as the project web site.