Manual on teaching ICT in secondary schools

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From: Theresa Stanton, posted on 2009/01/08

Dear colleagues

Are any of you aware of the existence of a very practical manual on how to start using ICT in secondary schools, based on good (and bad) practices on the ground?

We are working with our local partner organisations in Africa to develop such a manual and were wondering if some work had already been done in this area. Our target group is teachers who want to start up a computer room in their school. In this respect, a very 'hands-on', step-by-step manual is needed. If you are aware of the existence of such a manual - in French, Spanish or English - or if you know of any other organisations who have done (or are doing) work in this field, we would really like to hear from you.

Any useful tips and insights you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for all your help,

Writer/Editor, International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), The Netherlands.


All replies in full are available in the discussion page. Contributions received with thanks from:

Theresa Stanton
Ssozi Javie
Sophie Treinen
Judith Henderson
Riff Fullan
Caitlin Bentley
Elliot Lazerwitz
Wilson Charles Katabani Silomba

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  • Tract Foundation - An organization that works on introducing ICTs in Schools in Uganda.
  • An excellent article by Nancy Hafkin: Girls do not run
  • Schoolnet Namibia, an organization that did some innovative work both in terms of setting up LANs to function without much need for technical intervention and the production of capacity building resources such as comics to teach basic computer use. They have some kind of lessons learned material around setting up ICTs in schools.
  • Other schoolnets in Africa
  • World-Links
  • OLPC portal, an example of what a guide could look like.
  • NGO in a box has a collection of open source tools to help NGOs produce media.