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IESC Swaziland: Celebrating Technology Access with a Thousand New Friends

The Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) is a short-term service and career development opportunity for a select group of Intel employees to support the deployment of Intel Education Solutions in developing countries. In this blog, Eric Rodriguez, a Mechanical Facilities … Read more >

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IESC Namibia: Blueprints for ICT Success

The Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) is a short-term service and career development opportunity for a select group of Intel employees to support the deployment of Intel classmate PCs in developing countries. In this blog, Dianne Czarnecki, a Program Manager at Intel, recaps her team’s work with the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Namibia.

The Intel team proudly holding the flags of Namibia and the African Union

Recently Namibia embarked on an exciting initiative to equip schools with education technology based on the Intel Learning Series. I was lucky to be selected to lead an Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) team to support the Ministry of Education by providing additional teacher and technical resources for two of the first 23 schools to deploy the technology.

Working closely with the Ministry of Education and Intel’s education team, we devised a plan to support two “model schools” in the Oshana and Omusati regions of Namibia. Our primary objectives were to (1) Inspire educators on the effective use of technology for Namibia’s primary and secondary schools, and 2) Create a blueprint for the technical environment required to deploy and sustain the use of Intel Learning Series solutions in Namibia’s schools.

Our smiling customer Ms. Hambira

By the end of two weeks, our team made great progress. To inspire educators, we taught 45 teachers and administrators how to use a variety of educational software, content, and resources such as Khan Academy, internet search, email, YouTube, Facebook, Skype, and Microsoft Office, with a focus on developing and delivering effective lesson plans. They were also introduced to the Intel Learning Series classroom management software that allows teachers to share content with students.

For our second objective, IESC Team Namibia optimized 35 Intel classmate PCs and a teacher laptop at each school and enhanced them by adding a number of education software packages. The team ensured the proper configuration of internet connectivity to the school, the wireless local network and the classroom server to allow for the smooth functioning of all elements of the solution. And by documenting our work, our efforts will be shared with the other schools in the deployment to maximize the effectiveness of the technology.

Learning new tools to teach new skills

Our visit was near the end of the academic term, and the teachers taught all day before attending our training sessions. Despite their busy schedules and the intense heat, the teachers showed high interest and particular enthusiasm for our instruction on email and social networking tools as well as Microsoft PowerPoint for its capability as a story telling medium. Before IESC Team Namibia left, a number of teachers expressed how technology helps them feel more connected to the rest of the world.

Making friends and building connections

Our team was honored and humbled to represent Intel and help expand the use of Intel Learning Series solutions in Namibia. Using their new skills, these teachers and administrators will reach more than 1,200 learners at the Ondjora and Oshikulufitu Combined schools. We are optimistic that our work can help Namibia’s teachers and their students hone new skills necessary to become self-sufficient, proud participants in today’s global world.

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Spark A Child’s Digital Future in Africa!

This weekend our friends at World Vision launched a new initiative to provide technology and training to students and teachers in Africa. Called Spark a Child’s Digital Future, this program will enable primary schools with ICT resources and the required training and support for a sustainable program.

Intel, Microsoft and British Council are working closely with World Vision on this initiative to provide training and on the ground support to complement World Vision’s extensive educational programs in Africa.I’m very excited about this initiative for several reasons. One, it builds on the six Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) teams that have helped World Vision set up Intel classmate PCs in Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia. For this work the US Chamber of Commerce nominated Intel for a “Best Partnership” award last month. And two, I worked with a World Vision microfinance project in Mauritania when I was a Peace Corps volunteer going on a decade ago. That experience is what inspired me to pursue a career in international development and technology.

When I was in elementary school in the 1980s, my classrooms tended to have a single computer if we were lucky, and they were typically looked at as a kind of appendage, something to play games on if I didn’t feel like going to recess. Through this program, students in the poorest parts of Africa can use technology in ways that I never dreamed of at their age, taking pictures and video with their webcam, inserting them into presentations, drawing pictures, composing stories for a literature course….the sky is the limit so long as teachers have a foundation in basic PC skills and training on integrating technology into their curriculum, two things that Intel has been working on for years.

To contribute to the enablement of African schools with the technology that many of us take for granted, go to the Spark a Child’s Digital Future home page.

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IESC Haiti: A Small Step for Man, a Giant Leap for a Student

The Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) is a short-term service and career development opportunity for a select group of Intel employees to support the deployment of Intel classmate PCs in developing countries. In this blog, Cheryl Dalsin, a Technical Program Manager … Read more >

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Intel and World Vision Collaborate for E-Learning in Africa

Intel and World Vision have worked together since 2011 to deploy technology in African schools. This collaboration through the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) has been nominated for “Best Partnership” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center’s … Read more >

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IESC Zambia: classmate PCs increase enrollment at Jonathan Sims

The Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) is a short-term service and career development opportunity for a select group of Intel employees to support the deployment of Intel classmate PCs in developing countries. In this blog, Andris Roze, a product analyst … Read more >

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IESC Kenya: Michael Jackson, Facebook, and other searches from 91 curious girls

The Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) is a short-term service and career development opportunity for a select group of Intel employees to support the deployment of Intel classmate PCs in developing countries. In this blog, Megan Bednarz, a campaign manager … Read more >

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