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UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning “Schoolnet Toolkit” Now Online

18-06-2004 (Bangkok)
The “Schoolnet Toolkit”, a guidebook for the use of ICTs to improve the value and quality of education is now online. Prepared by UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning, it is targeted towards policy- and decision-makers in education, school managers, practitioners, teachers and principals in Southeast Asian Countries.
This toolkit arose from the need to provide a recipe book or a blueprint for the pilot schools of the UNESCO entitled, “Strengthening Use of ICTs in Schools and Schoolnet in Southeast Asian Countries” that aims to establish or strengthen schoolnets in Southeast Asia at the national and sub-regional levels.

Based on the experiences of six countries in the region (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines and Thailand) in setting up and running SchoolNets, the toolkit is meant for countries at various stages of development, with guidelines tailor-made for those in different stages with different needs.

  • Guidebook One provides a general overview and discusses how ICTs have been understood to improve the value and quality of education.

  • Guidebook Two looks at planning a schoolnet programme, in terms of infrastructure, professional development, online content, curriculum integration etc, as well as ways in which to integrate change management, the sustainability of schoolnet activities and how can we better institutionalise programmes.

  • Guidebook Three is more hands-on and practical. It is targeted towards the people actually running the projects – looking at the educational and social value of online communities, technological components, the different ways in which technologies can be adapted and so on.

  • Guidebook Four is a practitioners’ guide, setting out the typical processes which they may follow.

  • Fruit of the collaboration of the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and the Commonwealth of Learning, the toolkit is the first of its kind and a trailblazer not only in Asia and the Pacific but also throughout the world.
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