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Government Took Initiative To Introduce E-learning In Jamaica

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The opportunity of e-learning is a blissful occurrence helping many to taste knowledge and improvement. The scope of acquiring knowledge wherever and whenever you want has in fact opened the avenues to growth and prosperity for many countries. Lack of proper resources, right guidance and financial issues were always big hurdles for developing countries; the requirement and desire for better qualified citizens and workers have always been huge although.

Developing countries joining the revolution to maximize the advantages…

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With world famous learning institutions opening online curriculum for learners around the globe, the quest for enlightenment is soon to finish for many such deprived people. Now, people from Jamaica can receive the degrees and tuition of UK Universities sitting at home. Exclusive offers, governmental and institutional support, employment opportunities, financial aids – all that come as a bonus with e-learning are expected to change the fate of millions in not-too-distant future.

Remarkable progress in E-Learning Jamaica is a good example…

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The initiatives taken by the government of developing countries prove that the whole world depends a lot on the potential of new age education. For example, the ministry of Jamaica announced distribution of nearly 4, 00,000 tablets among the school children early this year. “The E-Learning Jamaica Company Limited is now accepting bids for the provision of 30,000 tablet computers to be distributed in schools under a Government-sponsored programme which launches in the upcoming academic year”, Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell said E-Learning Jamaica. It is a five-year plan to educate the future generations of Jamaica through digital instructions.

And the good news is that the attempts taken so far to accomplish the mission have been commendable. They even received a grant of $1.4 billion from the Universal Service Fund. As per recent reports, around 25, 000 tablets will be delivered to 38 schools. Students and teachers ranging from infant to higher learning departments will benefit from the initiative.

“Technology allows us to break down the old traditional barriers to accessing learning resources, and this administration is going to pilot the removal of all those barriers, to allow every Jamaican child an equal shot at achieving his or her goals”, said Mr. Paulwell. The government of Jamaica wants the citizen to maximize the learning potential and opportunities through technological education. And with such attempts in e-learning Jamaica they only want to assure that all the people of Jamaica irrespective of their financial condition benefits from the programme. “Students and teachers, who do not have their own computer devices, are at a disadvantage, due to their inability to access and utilise e-learning resources,” said Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer during the announcements.
Yvonne McCalla- Sobers, chairman of the e-Learning Jamaica Project, has emphasized the importance of educators and parents, who will play a crucial role in building a disciplined and responsible generation of e-learners. In addition to technical proficiency in using apps and games for knowledge acquisition the recent trend of customized curriculum demands mature behaviour to optimize the objectives.

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BYOD Learning Concept Can Bring Unlimited Fun Into Classrooms

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As far as the current education system goes, a question that is making teachers dilemmatic is whether they should encourage the concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for today’s classrooms.
Now, where some teachers have agreed to the idea of bringing one’s own learning gadget into the classroom, a few on the other hand have expressed dissatisfaction towards accepting such educational strategies. Well, reality says that e-learning is all about focusing on the instructor’s methodologies. To be precise, what would be tested is the teachers’ ability with which he/she must be able to transfer information quite smoothly to students. Consequently, these students must be able to interact with one another in such a manner that it can lead to absolute collaboration.

Best ways to support BYOD into classrooms

What’s best about today’s e-learning systems is that they help teachers show grades to their students who can therefore remain alert as how well they are progressing. However, there are many more exclusive learning tools that can let students to have more fun while preparing their lessons.

So, here are a few tips that can help teachers bring more fun in classrooms through the BYOD concept. Take a look:

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  • Throw poll questions  –  A teacher can never expect that each and every student would come up with a set of queries. Students who are intimidated usually prefer keeping their queries to themselves. So, there are exclusive learning systems that can be used by teachers to create poll questions. Students can therefore use their own mobile devices and access these questions. In fact, teachers can set true/false or multiple-choice questions that would create more interest for students.
  • Use flashcard apps – In today’s world, students love to cling on to their mobile devices. In this respect, if students can install flashcard apps in their mobile devices, they would have more fun and creativity while preparing their lessons. In fact, students will be able to access these apps while travelling in buses or cars.
  • Snap pictures – One of the best features installed in today’s mobile phones is the camera, and teachers here can take this opportunity to convert it into an effective learning session. For instance, students hardly take interest in studying diagrams for hours. Instead, they can snap pictures of all those diagrams with the help of their mobile phones and can later study them whenever they wish.
  • Discuss through text – There are several modernised learning systems through which students can respond their teachers through texts. Sometimes students do not feel confident to take part in discussions. So, with the help of their mobile devices, students can write texts and take part in discussions.

So, implementing BYOD learning plans into classrooms is certainly a great idea. In fact, online course learners can immensely benefit from such a flexible learning strategy. If teachers can follow these ways, students are sure to take immense pleasure in completing their lessons.

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Caribbean Students To Enjoy A Bright Future With New Technological Developments

Do you think that the Caribbean nations are still having poor education systems? Are they still failing to promise quality education for their students who are sitting deprived for years? History says that Caribbean countries had issues for long years with their educational infrastructures and this was probably one of the major reasons why they didn’t made it possible to create opportunities for students and job aspirants in completing higher studies. Later, massive developments in technology popularised the concept of learning online on a global scale that also affected the lives of numerous students positively.
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Caribbean countries require advancements in technology

According to researchers, advancements in technology have helped a lot of students in learning new skills, assessing knowledge and accessing quality information till date. In fact, the enrolment rates in various accredited universities have gone so high that experts are now considering online education to be extremely effective. Likewise, plenty of companies today train their employees without spending lumps sums by making use of e-learning tools.

Canada takes initiative to help Caribbean students access distance education

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It was previously in the month of May this year when Canada took an incredible initiative to help Caribbean students access distance learning courses with ease. The Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, Diane Ablonczy declared that Canada will be taking this step to ensure that students in the Caribbean who have been aiming to complete post-graduation will be able to access to online learning programmes.

Canada’s intention here was to

• Help Caribbean in building a prosperous community
• Enhance opportunities for its people
• Ensure economic stability that can be sustained for a longer time period

In this respect, Minister Ablonczy said, “Helping the region’s young people develop the high-level skills needed to contribute to the work force is a key step toward reaching those goals.” It was the Open Campus at the University of West Indies that acted as the main project implementer. In fact, advances in technologies to improve communication have helped students in:

– Accessing post-secondary education
– Reaching students living in remote areas
– Eliminating costs in utilising learning resources

Distance learning can bring millions out of poverty

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The project therefore played a key role in helping a lot of Caribbean students complete their post-graduation by using distance education technologies. In regard to the project, Minister Fantino said, “By integrating higher education into the Caribbean, Canada is enhancing the ability of Caribbean countries to address the economic and labour market challenges they face, ultimately helping to lift millions of people out of poverty.”

Today, online learning has emerged to be a craze among the Caribbean students who are now making it possible to complete higher studies by enrolling in distance learning courses through the internet. The future of the Caribbean is rather heading towards a time when students there would have no hindrances towards heading to bright career paths. Let’s see what other surprises are in store for the Caribbean new age learners.

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