E4ICT

June 20, 2006


The new E4ICT course, a collaboration between IMIH and UNESCO (CICE) was launched in February 2006 and will run up to the beginning of June 2006. The 2 beginners groups, 2 elementary and 1 advanced groups are receiving a package of 4 hours/week. In February and March ICT tools like digital pictures and slideshows, PowerPoint presentations and cassette players etc. were used to learn English. Obviously, a lot of practical examples were linked to terminology of ICT equipment and diverse educational software’s. Since the end of March 2006 the internet and more self directive websites are introduced to learn English more effectively and efficiently. (E.g. http://www.a4esl.org/, http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/ or http://www.britishcouncil.org/) Also, emails are being used to do some role-play in English. The results of these efforts can be viewed on the following email addresses: imihe4ict@yahoo.co.uk, unescoe4ict@yahoo.co.uk and vvobe4ict@yahoo.com (password: 67cuabac) Detailed lists of attendance are being kept and on average 100 participants actively join the E4ICT classes. The data will be used to perform Action Research on the E4ICT project. Most participants are very motivated and some are travelling from far away to join the groups during after-hours and during weekend times.
On Mondays and Thursdays (16.00-17.30) Mrs. Hong and Mr. Cornille are also team teaching E4ICT to managers of the pilot schools and the IMIH project team. (on average 12)

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Moodle @ IMIH

June 20, 2006


During the months February and March Mr. Vinh and Mr. Cornille designed and set up all features of the HRCTEM Moodle (http://hrctem.org/el). Mrs. Quy and Mr. Cornille then received a first induction on how to use and administer the Moodle. In April, during the workshop of Peter Van Gils, the VLE will be introduced to the workshop participants (Workshop ‘Introducing the ICT teachers’ toolkit). Another Moodle workshop will be organised for the IMIH project team to learn to use the Moodle as an e-tutor. Currently the Moodle is running at our RC3 only to be able to design the courses and avoid unnecessary cost of uploading it at the VDC.

Resource Centre 3

June 20, 2006


Since the end of March the ICT rich environment is fully operational @ HRCTEM and is accessible to the whole IMIH and HEEP learning community. The RC 2 and 3 offers various services, including internet access, an electronic learning environment (Moodle) and educational software’s or ICT related books and magazines. (TV, LCD, Video, and DVD’s…).

Obviously, the network now is much more secure since only 24 (+ 3 laptops) computers are connected (LAN). Still, Mr. Phong and Mr. Hoa are going to design a management system to connect the whole school again. Then, an Internet Acceptable Use Policy (IAUP) has to be designed and approved by the HRCTEM. Mr. Phong already installed a management system to protect the computers and LAN (Deep Freeze).

Visit Kathleen Locus

June 20, 2006



On the occasion of the visit of the VVOB Desk Officer Vietnam Khuong Thuong, a pilot school in the third phase, was visited (22nd of March). Kathleen Locus together with VVOB repr. Vietnam, Simone Goetschalckx, and some IMIH project team members observed an ICT rich lesson and had a chance to discuss their involvement in the IMIH project with the administration of the school.

Visit Kathleen Locus

June 20, 2006


During the Steering Committee Kathleen Locus discussed the VVOB plan to further support Vietnam for the period 2008-2010. It was also said that VVOB is moving towards supporting a programs’ approach. The members of the Steering Committee supported the idea of long term investment in the human resources and welcomed the E4ICT course launched in February 2006 @ HRCTEM. It was said that the government has taken the first steps towards introducing some curricula to be taught in the English language (ICT, match, biology…). VVOB could play an important role in realizing this objective.

Visit Kathleen Locus

June 20, 2006


The changing role of the IMIH project team members was discussed at length during the IMIH project Steering Committee (22nd March 2006). Of course, they will continue to play an important role as a project team member but next to that they will also take up a new role as (e-) tutor to pass on the ICT knowledge gained over the last 3 years. Mrs. Hong is the first to fully take up that new responsibility. Currently she’s the IMIH translator and part of the E4ICT team.

The Steering Committee supported the idea of a joined project proposal writing for more computers @ the IMIH pilot schools. This proposal should be sent to government bodies, international organizations and local ngo’s. Of course, the parents at the schools could also be requested to contribute via a loan. At the same meeting Kathleen Locus, VVOB desk officer Vietnam, stressed that the VVOB intervention is looking for long term capacity building of the human resources rather than technical support. (The minutes of the Project Steering Committee are available)