Album for monitoring mission in Bayankhongor, Mongolia (Sep. 2016)

Background

  1. Duration:
    • September 25-30, 2016
  2. Location:
    • 9 schools across Gobi (South) and Hangai (North) region in Bayankhongor
  3. Bayankhongor:
    • Located in the middle-south of the country

Fieldwork Objectives

  1. To conduct impact survey on the production and use of digital teacher training materials.

Participants:

  1. Local team: ECD methodologists – Ms. Dolgorsuren, Mr. Jamba.
  2. MNUE team: Ms. Orgilmaa.
  3. Tokyo Tech team: Prof. Yamaguchi, Prof. Takada, Mr. Li

Findings

  • Teachers’ ICT skills and professional competencies have increased in all schools visited

Teachers report various tools that they are able to apply now to produce digital contents for teacher training and student learning that they were not capable of before, such as the use of Scratch program, video cameras and video editing softwares. Teachers also show complex and animated PowerPoints that are used to assist student-centered classroom. A direct reflection of improved professional competency is on students’ academic achievements, Bayankhongor was ranked 20th in national exam three years ago but now is ranked 12th in the exam, which is a huge improvement.

  • Pilot school teachers are playing vital role in advaicing teacher training activities in the aimag

Teachers from digital training material production team are proud of the quality of their work, and are motivated to share the contents to other teachers. Pilot school teachers are not satisfied with only sharing the produced digital contents, they are also active in sharing how to produce such materials from scratch to neighbouring schools and actively communication their experience and benefits of using digital materials to aimag teachers.

  • Training opportunities and teacher collaboration have increased

Teachers are having more training opportunities through cluster school training, regional school training as well as aimag level training. Teahcers are exchanging their best lessons in school to other teachers, demonstrate digital contents and receive feedbacks for improvement. There are also school level digital content competitions for which teachers work in subject groups to develop quality digital materials.

  • Sharing teacher training materials digitally is the latest trend

Teachers are utilizing multiple Internet based ICT tools on multiple level to share their professional development materials. Teachers use SNS such as Facebook and other websites to share teacher training materials digitally, and multiple schools encourage teachers to upload teacher training materials on school website, and teachers receive rewards as encouragement. On aimag level the Education Culture Department website welcomes teachers to place digital training materials, and there is also national level websites such as “Bagshiin Khugjil” for placing best lessons from each aimag.

  • Project training activites are in-line with national policies

Poject teacher training activities has focuses on application of ICT for developing digital teacher training materials, with the content focus on introducing student-centered education in all subjects. Ministry of Education in Mongolia has recently implemented the latest curriculum standard “Core Curriculum” which detailes the primary teaching using student-centered pedagogy for all grades and subjects. Teachers find the training activites effective for provising practical examples to implement the new pedagogy in a locally suitable context. Another major movement is the provision of laptop to all school teachers in Mongolia. Teachers find it more convenient to utilize digital teacher training materials personally, and are more motivated to create digital materials for teacher training and classroom teaching.

Please see the mission photo gallery below:

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