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 Tuesday, August 10, 2010

This past May, elections were held in the Philippines during which a different government was elected and a change in administration took place.  Recently, it was reported that despite the change in government, the country's iSchools Project is still on track to be completed on time.  The iSchools project was created by the Commission on Information Communication Technology's Commissioner Emmanuel Lallana.  The project focuses on three main components of school connectivity:  Internet-enabled computer laboratories, capacity building for teachers, and the use of free and open source software.  One way in which the iSchools Project aims to connect the schools is through installing Wireless Internet Computer Laboratories in each public school; these laboratories are comprised of 19 desktop computers, a server with a webcam, a laptop, an HP four-in-one printer, a multimedia projector, and speakers for each computer.

The project is still slated to connect 1000 public schools across the archipelago.  While the new administration will most likely restructure the priorities of the project, the goals will remain the same.  So far, 680 schools have been connected through the wireless computer laboratories, and over 8400 teacher have been trained.  The thousands of teachers who have been trained can be attributed to workshops held by the iSchools Project in subjects such as the Computer and Literacy Course, Laboratory Management Training, Sustainability Planning Workshop, and others.  Teams are currently ready to be deployed to help the remaining 320 schools overcome key obstacles such as lack of Internet access, and will be sent to do so within a year, which is by the culmination of the four year project.

(Sources: FutureGov and The iSchools Project)

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