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Ghana Gets Aboard Oracle’s Global Online Learning. And It’s Free.

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A Major Highway in Accra, Ghana. Photo by George Appiah

We stumbled on to an interesting project that combines learning for high school students in different parts of the globe.

Recently, 100 teachers in Ghana’s greater Accra region received training on ThinkQuest, Oracle’s free global online learning platform for students and teachers. ThinkQuest is operated by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) in California.  Its purpose is to promote the development of 21st Century Skills- information and communication technology skills (ICT),  critical thinking and project-based teamwork within a classroom and across schools globally. Participants must work in the English language.

But how does it work?

Countries participating in ThinkQuest can partner with OEF to get schools to use the platform by training teachers, such as Ghana. Ghana Education Service (GES) facilitated the selection of high school teachers in and around Accra to receive training.

Teachers are then expected to create a project via ThinkQuest. Teachers and students use a password protected account for their work. ThinkQuest provides them tools for project conception to completion, including a calendar and other communication tools.  Users can explore projects in progress for insight, ideas and opportunities for collaboration. And to get started on a project all one must do is choose a topic, define goals and identify the target age group.  Students anywhere in the world could collaborate on projects- whether it’s in the arts, social sciences, math, journalism history, business, science (natural, physical, health or computer), whatever.

What does Ghana hope to gain?

Some believe the ICT skills students learn via ThinkQuest will generate more jobs in Ghana and that the initiative will create a stronger social consciousness. ThinkQuest also runs competitions that test ICT and critical thinking skills and Ghana wants its students to get accustomed to both competing and collaborating with their peers globally.

To get a better idea of what all this talk on ThinkQuest is about, watch this video:

SARS: An Open Scar

via One Hundred Teachers Trained on 21st Century Skills – GhanaWeb

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