INTEL'S 'TEACH TO THE FUTURE PROGRAMME'
Aims at promoting effective use of technology in the classroom
By SHABBIR H. KAZMI
Sep 22 - 28, 2003
Intel Pakistan launched its 'Teach to the Future Programme' in May 2002 in Pakistan. It signed a Memorandum of Association with Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan to train teachers on the effective use of technology in the curriculum to enhance student learning. To date over 41,000 teachers have been successfully trained and the programme has spread to 40 cities across the country. This programme offers an ideal combination of technology and education.
Intel's Teach to the Future is a worldwide initiative to provide professional development for teachers to help them integrate technology into instruction to enhance student learning. This programme has helped more than one million teachers prepare students for today's more technologically complex world. This programme is presented with support from Microsoft Corporation.
Launched in 2000 with the aim of training 400,000 teachers, the programme quickly exceeded this goal. The programme enables teachers to train other teachers how, when and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into their current lesson plans to improve student learning. Using lessons learned in the programme, these teachers have provided more than 50 million students from 28 countries with more effective ways to use technology in the classroom.
Participating teachers receive extensive training and resources to promote effective technology use in the classroom. Teachers learn to incorporate technology tools and resources into their lesson plans and are instructed on the creation of assessment tools and how to align lessons with educational learning goals and standards.
The training incorporates, the use of the Internet, Web page design, and student projects. Intel has invested $100 million in cash, equipment, curriculum development, and programme management. At present this programme is offered in 28 countries and regions including: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States of America.
By initiating this programme in Pakistan, Intel has expressed its commitment to play a key role and support the local IT industry in order to be at par with other developing nations. The effort at grassroots level is expected to develop a strong foundation for the future generations. The entire curriculum for Pakistan has been localized for maximum outreach across the country. Enjoying the common objective of expanding IT education in the community, Intel Pakistan is working closely at the provincial level.
At present students have to face competition that is increasingly dominated by technology, yet teachers are often not prepared to effectively integrate computers and technology into students' learning. This programme uses flexible, modular curriculum taught by teachers to teachers and provides face-to-face, hands-on learning. The comprehensive training enables teachers to develop a complete collection of lessons that engage students in the use of technology to conduct research, compile information and communicate with others.
The people who have already gone through this programme consider it an excellent effort to advance education system in Pakistan. They also appreciate that implementation of the programme throughout the country and widespread educational institutions will help in making learning effective and creative for the students. It will enable the students to keep pace with the rapid and constant changes by enriching the existing curriculum with the latest technology.
The Intel innovation in education initiative is a global, multimillion-dollar effort to help realize the possibilities of science and technology in education. Intel develops and supports education programmes that help meet the needs of students and communities around the globe through improving science, math, engineering and technology education; enhancing education through the effective use of technology in classrooms; and broadening access to technology and technical careers.
Next year Intel has set more aggressive targets and believes that with the close support from the government, it will achieve the goal of preparing today's teachers and students to meet future challenges.
According to Kamil Hasan, Country Manager, Intel Pakistan, "Individuals can and do make a difference, and teachers have participated in Intel Teach to the Future and have achieved great results. These teachers and administrators have changed the way the education process works, and have made learning exciting for millions and millions of children."