At the request of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MST), e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited (e-LJam) is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) along with the Universal Service Fund (USF) to implement the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Project in selected public educational institutions over the next eleven years. The rollout of the TIS project will see the use of tablets as the major support strategy in the teaching and learning process. The Government of Jamaica will be providing tablets to selected public schools which serve pre-primary and primary aged students throughout Jamaica as well as the ten (10) teachers colleges, and twenty-two (22) State Care facilities for a total of 1,106 institutions.
Based on the lessons learnt from the Pilot Project, The TIS Project will provide sets of tablets to selected schools for shared use rather than the 1:1 allocation to students. There will also be a pilot of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. The transition to class sets will allow available funds to benefit more schools/students. Each school will receive class-set(s) sufficient to provide appropriate scheduling for 20% of the class time along with approximately 30% spares.
The primary focus of the TIS Project is to achieve the following objectives in selected primary, infant and basic schools along with
selected teachers colleges.
» Transform the ways in which teachers deliver their lessons by creating an educational system in which facilitators use ICTs in the teaching
and learning environment to encourage learning and improve students’ performance while effectively managing the learning process
» Transform the learning process by integrating ICTs within the curriculum and during assessments, encourage critical thinking, problem-solving,
decision making and digital citizenship inclusive of the values inherent in collaborating and communicating through the integration of ICTs in the
» Provide tablets and audiovisual equipment for use by teachers and students in classes and facilitate access to the internet
» Provide access to digital educational resources approved by the MOEYI
» Facilitate training of teachers/lecturers through scheduled courses and on-site professional development in basic ICT skills and integration of ICTs into the teaching and learning process.