Tablets in Schools
As part of the Government of Jamaica’s plan to use technology to improve levels of education of the Jamaican people and to move towards a fully connected and knowledge-based society, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) is introducing tablet computer devices to students and teachers in all public schools in Jamaica.
At the request of MSET e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited (e-LJam) is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) and the Universal Service Fund (USF) in rolling out the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Project to all public educational institutions.
The main objectives of the TIS Project are to:
- Provide children in educational institutions with appropriate tablets based on agreed guidelines for e-learning devices.
- Provide all educational institutions with appropriate technology, e-content and training of teachers in technology integration.
- Assist teachers in selected schools to acquire an appropriate e-Learning computing device.
- Provide learners at CAPs, JFLL, state homes and other learning centres in the neighbourhood of the selected schools with access to relevant e-Learning content.
- Provide ubiquitous internet access to school campuses and access points.
- Equip teachers and persons at the neighbouring access points with the required skills to assist and facilitate learners accessing online resources.
- Provide technical and implementation support to the schools and access points.
- Educate the school community in the use and importance of the technologies for job creation and economic development.
- Support student and teacher research.
- Increase willingness to reads for leisure.
- Build competence in the use of technology.
- Foster improved parent/guardian – child relationship.
The pilot project provided approximately 25,000 tablets to students and teachers in 38 institutions. These included:
- Six basic and infant schools
- 13 primary schools
- Six all age and junior high schools
- 11 high schools
- One special school for children with disabilities
- One teacher training institution
The TIS Project has now transitioned from the original 1:1 strategy to providing class sets to approximately 400 schools and piloting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in approximately five (5) schools. Each school will receive class sets sufficient to provide appropriate scheduling for 20% of class time, along with approximately 30% of spares.