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Nevis and St Kitts Best Practice on school 3.0

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The school 3.0 is ICT driven. Many Caribbean SIDS do not get it. But Nevis and St Kitts gets it.

All public secondary schools in St. Kitts and Nevis have been outfitted with the necessary infrastructure to provide high speed Wi-Fi Internet access to enhance the learning experience.

At a press conference on Thursday (January 31) at the Parliamentary Lounge, Government Headquarters, Minister responsible for Technology Honorable Glenn Phillip announced that this has been provided under a project called Education Network (EDUNET).

EDUNET is "complimentary to those persons who have received laptops and those persons who will receive laptops in the near future ...," said Minister Phillip, referencing the Government's One-to-One Laptop initiative that provides high school students and teachers with personal computers.

Director of Technology Christopher Herbert told SKNIS that EDUNET is dear to his heart given his past experience as a teacher. He explained that the internet service, which was tendered for and won by LIME, will be accessible from every corner of the school compound and extends approximately 100 feet outside. The download and upload speed is 10 MB which is five times faster than the typical speed of the average residential customer.

A feature of the system provides email service to the students where they can receive school updates and homework assignments. Additionally, there is a teleconferencing option where students and teachers across schools on the network can interact with each other providing exciting opportunities for shared learning.

Typical restrictions are in place to block access to undesirable websites but teachers will be allowed to request timed access to social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook which may contain material relevant to a course or topic.

EDUNET is a project of the National Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (NTRC) being spearheaded by the Department of Technology. The official launch of the project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013. (http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/2013/02/01/tech.html, Accessed on 20 February 2013)

In Curacao the government has no vision of education. Not talking about realization of such a project but just about having a vision and an objective. The One laptop Per Child has been introduced on the island a few years ago. There were two pilot schools and there was an evaluation but after that everything stopped. The biggest school board on the island has implemented a policy of 8 PC's per classroom. And a volunteer has implemented a two PC's per classroom at the Prins Bernard College. The University is a full Wi-Fi environment.

ICT is an issue because the sector has big potential with the emergence of the biggest and most modern datacenter in the Caribbean Ctex near the Airport City, part of the Knowledge Center of Curacao.

Categories: Caribbean Society 3.0

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