Technology is evolving continuously and opportunities for ICT@E arise faster than project planners can predict. Flexibility is key to seize opportunities.
The Palestinian Ministry of Education and Enabel seized the opportunity to add more innovations to the project:
Mobile learning & apps
In 53 schools training sessions were organized to show how to use mobile devices (tablets) as a tool for new active teaching & learning methods. Moreover, 500 students developed mobile applications under guidance of 25 trained ministry experts. In 2014 and 2015, the mobile apps were exhibited during a mobile app fair under UNESCO’s ‘Youth Mobile’ flag where prizes were awarded to the best application.
The project also provided training and equipment to pilot the use of LEGO robotics for STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The use of LEGO robotics not only allowed for genuine student centered learning in STEM, but it also boosted the motivation of the students and teachers that were using the robots. Furthermore, LEGO robotics encouraged the teachers to work more closely together, which resulted in more coordination and less overlap between the different STEM subjects and teaching units.