Looking back… and ahead

December 11, 2006

While the articles are being prepared for the 1st VVOB-CEGO conference and the 10th APEID conference it is a good time to look back (through a MIRROR?!). What were the highlights?

In 2006 IMIH went on an interesting study trip to HCMC where we took the opportunity to collaborate with EMTC2. IMIH succesfully launched a 4 month E4ICT course in collaboration with UNESCO (CICE) and offered ICT skills training during the summerholiday to various groups. The Moodle was set up and succesfully tested and Peter Van Gils introduced some new ICT concepts that will be incorporated in the ICT Teachers’ toolkit. The IMIH project team participated in advanced Flash course and made an little movy for the HEEP project (Environmental Education). And Open Schoolday proved to be even more succesfull that last year… etc. In other words, IMIH 2006 was a quite productive year.

What will be done in the coming two months?

  • Participation in the studytrip to Belgium, internal VVOB days and VVOB-CEGO conference.
  • Take part in the APEC Open Source and Open Course e-learning conference
  • Join the APEID conference in Bangkok
  • Participate in the first VocTech ICT think tank-meeting
  • Photo shop workshop
  • ICT and Kindergarten workshop
  • Last budget requests
  • A.O.B.


December 11, 2006

On the 1st and 2nd of November a first audit was done for the month of January untill September 2006. During two days the PWHC team took an in-depth look into the IMIH bookkeeping system presented monthly to VVOB Brussels. The IMIH bookkeeping is being undertaken by the VVOB project coordinator and the IMIH project coordinator, supervised by the VVOB Vietnam office. Just like last year there did not seem to be any serious problem- a special thanks goes out to Phuong Anh! Still, PWHC gave some constructive advice that will be incorporated into the IMIH system. The second audit (October-December 2006) will be done in February, just before the TET holiday.

Yearplan 2007

December 11, 2006

The year plan 2007 was designed and discussed with the IMIH project team. In summary: Most logistic support will go to the pilot schools (Total LOG=24500Euro). It is the intention to go to visit ICT learning centres, possibly in China, with the whole IMIH project team (Total DEL=11500Euro). The sponsorships (Total BEU=3000Euro) will be used to learn more about open/free software’s.

Again, in 2007 the focus will totally be on the pilot schools!

  • Open and Free software (Linux, Ubunto, Open Office, Moodle…)
  • Web 2.0 (Flickr, blogging, wikis, tagging, wikipedia, podcast, skype, RSS feeds…)

In 2007 the focus will rather be on the teaching than on the technology itself:

  • e-Learning (Moodle)
  • ICT teachers’ toolkit
  • ICT integrated in subjects

Action Research

December 11, 2006

An Action Research project has been set up to evaluate the ‘three in one’ capacity building programme and the findings are being compiled in two articles for the CEGO conference in Leuven, Belgium and one article for the APEID International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
The writing of the following articles can be followed on the http://hanoict.wikispaces.com/

“Different cultures make very different use of ICT: Two case studies on the integration of ICT in teacher education.” (Mr. Bart Cornille) and “Opportunities of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in developing countries” (Mr. Mikey Putseys and Mr. Bart Cornille)

3 IMIH Years

December 11, 2006

During Open School Day 2006 it was reported that over the last three years HRCTEM and IMIH mainly focused on capacity building. 6 ICT basic ICT skills courses with 444 participants, 4 Advanced ICT skills courses with 105 participants, 3 English courses with 174 participants were organized by IMIH (2003/6). Next to the sponsorships of the IMIH project team (E.g. ICDL, Multi media course, Network administrator, IELTS…) there were also ICT related study trips to Singapore, Hong Kong, Hai Phong, Da Nang, HCM and now to Belgium (Cego Conference, November 2006). Over the last 3 years, VVOB support also included a lot of hard- and software: 16 Hi capacity computers, 96 computers, 4 laptops, 11 UPS, 10 Laser printers, 2 colour printers, 8 digital camera’s, 1 video camera, 14 scanners, 18 switch, 17 LCD projectors, 26 Hi share systems, 13 LAN… etc. And of course, a lot of management and educational software was distributed + ICT books.

ICT Software & Curriculum

December 11, 2006

HRCTEM (Mrs. Hien) is testing the management software that was developed. The first tests indicate that the software is performing well and only small changes need to be made. Other pilot schools have commented on the use of the management software. Due to the yearly changes made by the MOET, the software has to be adapted. This is very costly; that’s the reason why some software is already obsolete. IMIH is challenged to find a solution.Mr. Huy, supported by Mrs. Quy, is involved in an ICT curriculum project supported by the Vietnamese government and has compiled a comprehensive manual on the use of ICT in the management of schools. This manual will be published and distributed over the whole of Vietnam. It is largely based on the learning materials developed by IMIH and includes chapters on MS. Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Knowledge systems, Tests, Glossary and management software’s.

A Succesful Open Schoolday

December 11, 2006

The third Open School day took place on 1st October 2006. 224 teachers and 106 children attended this special day @ HRCTEM. The overall theme was that HRCTEM is growing to become a centre of excellence in ICT integration in teaching and learning, management and administration. Competitions were a key to the success of Open School Day; more than 60 ICT lesson plans were collected. Mr. Hung gave a speech on the importance of ICT to education in Vietnam followed by a presentation of Mrs. Quy and Mr. Cornille on the past, the present and the future of the IMIH project (See Presentation). There was an ICT photo exhibition highlighting the VVOB support and IMIH achievements after 3 years. (Also see 2.7.2) A series of student competitions started for 4 different levels @ 4 different computer rooms in the college. The 4 groups were tested on the use of different software, including Clicks, Black Cat Logo, Speedy Key, Paintbrush, Access, and the use of the Internet. All winners received a price and all guests were invited for a lunch. In the afternoon there were the teachers’ competitions. Mrs. Thuy, Ms. Goetschalckx and Mr. Hung gave feedback on the results. During the closing ceremony the teachers received prices (USB Flash memory sticks) and the schools received logistics based on the needs analysis including ICT books, 5 LCD projectors and 8 scanners.

A LEARNING Resource Centre

December 11, 2006

The learning resource centre is being used at full capacity by the whole HRCTEM learning community and beyond. During the months July and August the RC in HRCTEM was literary used 6 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (See 1.4.1) There were 4 groups enrolled in the ICT basic skills course and 2 small groups for E4ICT and ICT teachers’ toolkit. (Total participants: 190) All IMIH team members facilitated the classes supported by some ICT coordinators from the IMIH pilot schools. All participants were given handouts and educational software. At the end, a test was designed to properly examine what was learned. The graduation ceremony for 3 groups of ICT skills took place on 22 September; 102 certificates were distributed. All participants filled in a questionnaire to evaluate the course. The results clearly show that the need for these courses remains high.
In September a new management system was installed on the server and the LAN in the whole college was restored.
On 29 August some IMIH project team members attended an interesting workshop organised by HEEP: Drawing on Culture for Environmental Education.

IMIH pilot schools

December 11, 2006

During the summer period some pilot schools were visited; IMIH attended the opening of the school year (5 September) in Linh Dam and B Kindergarten. Cat Linh School was contacted to participate in an e-twinning project. The project is ‘a spin off’ from the IMIH support by Peter Van Gils and aims to twin a school in Vietnam, Belgium, Poland and Holland to share experiences via ICT and to raise awareness and money for a poor school in Vietnam. You can follow these activities on: http://talkingpictures.classy.be/

IMIH project team

December 11, 2006

The 2-weekly meetings took place on a regular base; in the month September there even were weekly meetings to prepare for Open School Day 20O6. Mr. Hung, the IMIH project leader or Mr. Phong, the IMIH vice project leader, chaired the meetings and effectively guided the team members on the organization of the ICT summer courses, Open School Day 2006 or any other matter. Mrs. Hien has been taking the minutes of those meetings in Vietnamese; an English summary can be found on the project blog http://hanoict.blogspot.com/ (only accessible with FPT internet access connection). A new edublog, including a wiki, to further document the IMIH project, has been set up and can be viewed in the whole of Vietnam. (http://hanoict.edublogs.com/) The core team – Mr. Phong, Mrs. Quy, Mrs. Hong and Mr. Cornille – now also meet every Monday.
The new service contracts starting from Q3 have been designed following the instructions of Mr. Hung and VVOB guidelines. Mr. Son has officially left the HRCTEM and the IMIH project- he has not yet been replaced. His workload has been divided over the remaining IMIH members.
This has been a very busy period for the IMIH project team because of the organisation and facilitation of the ICT basic skills courses and the preparations for Open School Day. The IMIH project team were given a lot of responsibility but performed very well. Both the summer courses and the Open School Day were very successful. (Positive and negative points have been discussed at length during project team meetings) Lessons learned will hopefully lead to a more effective organisation next year. The challenge for the IMIH project team members will be to sharpen their English language skills and to keep abreast of new ICT developments.