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1 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. K. David Weidner, Ph.D., Director Building Bridges to Peace and Prosperity: Education & Training for Action USAID-EGAT-Education Division Workshop August 2003 Washington, DC Global Learning Portal: A Tool to Strengthen Teacher Professional Development

2 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. Session Agenda Supporting Teacher Development Supporting Teacher Development School Based ClustersSchool Based Clusters Interactive RadioInteractive Radio Global Learning PortalGlobal Learning Portal What is the Global Learning Portal Project? What is the Global Learning Portal Project? How can a collaborative-interactive website improve teacher professional development? How can a collaborative-interactive website improve teacher professional development?

3 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. A thought…for the Integration of ICT “ Information is data endowed with relevance and purpose. Converting data into information requires knowledge.” (Peter Drucker)

4 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. The Elements of ICT Integration Practices People Technology GLPNET

5 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. GLOBAL INTERNET USERS ( Millions) 1997 North America 78.6 North America 78.6 Europe23.3 Europe23.3 Asia/Oceania15.0 Asia/Oceania15.0 South America 2.0 South America 2.0 Africa 1.0 Africa 1.0 Middle East.5 Middle East.5 TOTAL TOTAL Source: C-Net % % % % % % 8.0 3% 8.0 3% 2.1 1% 2.1 1% 1.9 1% 1.9 1%

6 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. What is the Global Learning Portal? 1 of 5 Parts of the Global Development Alliance- Cooperative Agreement between USAID-AED- SUN Microsystems 1 of 5 Parts of the Global Development Alliance- Cooperative Agreement between USAID-AED- SUN Microsystems Designed to serve 5 audiences with resources and content for: Teachers, School Leaders, Curriculum Specialists, Teacher Trainers, National/Regional Policy Makers Designed to serve 5 audiences with resources and content for: Teachers, School Leaders, Curriculum Specialists, Teacher Trainers, National/Regional Policy Makers Interactive Website using Portal Technology to build collaboration-communities of practice among teachers Interactive Website using Portal Technology to build collaboration-communities of practice among teachers Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French

7 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. How does the Portal improve Teacher Training? Provides a collaborative environment for Teachers to create Peer to Peer Linkages on a global scale Provides a collaborative environment for Teachers to create Peer to Peer Linkages on a global scale Provides a place for the exchange of ideas-experiences-materials- resources Provides a place for the exchange of ideas-experiences-materials- resources Confirms participant’s respect and legitimacy for the craft of teaching Confirms participant’s respect and legitimacy for the craft of teaching

8 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. Elements for Pilot Participation 5 Criteria Elements for Participation 5 Criteria Elements for Participation Interest in developing collaborative (teacher) online communitiesInterest in developing collaborative (teacher) online communities Existing projects with connections to educatorsExisting projects with connections to educators Ability to identify a Curriculum/Content Specialist or Teacher Trainer (in country)Ability to identify a Curriculum/Content Specialist or Teacher Trainer (in country) Periodic connectivity to InternetPeriodic connectivity to Internet Willingness to participate in Pilot ProjectWillingness to participate in Pilot Project

9 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. GLPNet Pilots Pilot Project to test how teachers collaborate Pilot Project to test how teachers collaborate Goal to engage teachers in collaborative activities Goal to engage teachers in collaborative activities Providing successful (field tested) educational material Providing successful (field tested) educational material

10 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. GLP Pilot Countries Phase I (September 2003) Phase I (September 2003) BrazilBrazil NicaraguaNicaragua UgandaUganda EthiopiaEthiopia South AfricaSouth Africa

11 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. Three Things…. 1. We want every USAID Mission to know that the Global Learning Portal Project is occurring. 2. Teachers want to improve the craft of teaching—and the ability to share. 3. For those projects that want an ICT component, come to us and see how we might help you establish a Portal.

12 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. Each user will receive their “personalized” content in their language of choice. Users will collaborate to share best practices and will match themselves by interest, language, and subjects taught. Each user will receive their “personalized” content in their language of choice. Users will collaborate to share best practices and will match themselves by interest, language, and subjects taught. Users can create Communities of Practice. Users can create Communities of Practice. The Portal manages the communication exchange among participants. The Portal manages the communication exchange among participants.

13 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. Three Things…. 1. Every USAID Mission should be aware of the Global Learning Portal Project. 2. Teachers want to improve the craft of teaching—and the ability to share. 3. We are interested in helping you establish a Portal based upon your project needs.

14 Copyright 2003 Academy for Educational Development K. David Weidner, Ph.D. For More Information K. David Weidner, Ph.D. Director-Global Learning Portal Academy for Educational Development

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