Teachers to be trained in the use of e-Text Book System

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Principal and teachers in secondary schools on the island are expected to be trained to use the new Electronic Text Book System which will eventually replace the hard copies.
Minister of Education Michael Browne suggested that, over a period of time, government-run schools will be closed for a day to facilitate the training process.
The minister, however, did not provide a specific timeframe for when the training will begin.
The e-text book system is government’s way of cutting the cost associated with the purchase of hard copies through the Board of Education (BoE).
Browne said the system will be rolled out on tablet computers which will be given to students.
“Most of your text books now are on a laptop along with several of your assessments and we are going to be rolling them out to students in all secondary schools on island. So that you the students, rather than merely coming to school with a huge back pack, you will have a laptop,” Browne said.
The minister also said that the new system will include a component for students with different learning abilities.
“Rather than reading about the process of digestion, you will be able to watch a video in two formats, real or cartoon. You can learn about photosynthesis, the digestive system and various aspects of your instruction that would otherwise have given you a challenge,” Browne said.
Last February, the government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst said the first phase of the system will begin in September 2016 and run until August 2017 in five secondary schools, which would have accounted for more than 6,000 students from forms 1-5.
Hurst also noted that the other phases will be introduced over a three-year period.

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