Transformative Applications of ICT in Education: The Case of Botswana Expansive School Transformation (Best) Project

Abstract : Best project was launched under auspices of World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) Education Commission during 2005 to investigate transformative applications of ICT in education. Activity Theory, Development Work Research and Change Laboratory were underpinning frameworks used. Results at first school showed it was isolated from community and activities integrating school subjects with community human resources were designed. Findings at second school suggested that teachers failed to motivate most students due to social problems and categorization of students. Problem-Solving and development system was designed to overcome identified contradictions. Lastly, alternatives to exclusive school-subject interpretation of ICTs within test-oriented pedagogy curriculum practices at third school were replaced using mobile technologies. A lighter technological infrastructure was achieved. However, contradictions identified could not be overcome through one-time change, but required continuous internal development and learning in the school communities.
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Francisco J. Mata; Ana Pont. 6th IFIP World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR), Sep 2016, San José, Costa Rica. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, AICT-481, pp.68-82, 2016, ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment. 〈10.1007/978-3-319-44447-5_8〉
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Paul Nleya. Transformative Applications of ICT in Education: The Case of Botswana Expansive School Transformation (Best) Project. Francisco J. Mata; Ana Pont. 6th IFIP World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR), Sep 2016, San José, Costa Rica. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, AICT-481, pp.68-82, 2016, ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment. 〈10.1007/978-3-319-44447-5_8〉. 〈hal-01429772〉

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