Help LAC teachers work online through OLI

by Online Learning Initiative
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Help LAC teachers work online through OLI
Help LAC teachers work online through OLI
Help LAC teachers work online through OLI
Help LAC teachers work online through OLI
Help LAC teachers work online through OLI
Help LAC teachers work online through OLI
Help LAC teachers work online through OLI
Let's give teacher the resources they need!
Let's give teacher the resources they need!

Dear Friend;

Three months have passed since we last sent you a progress report and it has been a busy time! The school year started in January in Guatemala, and teachers have been making intensive use of the curricular content and educational resources we provide on the Online Curriculum: 247,000 users in January, 348,000 in February and 338,000 in March! On average, 59% were from Guatemala, our prime target, but that still leaves a lot of people visiting the website from other countries, mostly in Latin America: Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru account for a further 20% of all visitors.

Why does this happen? Because teachers are finding useful content on the website. Over the same period we digitized, among other publications, a handbook on school disaster risk management, 5 protocols for a safe return to school (in collaboration with the Ministry of Education), including one specifically for teachers, a collection of videos and teaching guides to foster critical thinking in school (in collaboration with Fundación Gedeón), a handbook with 45 different student-, group-, and team-based learning techniques for use in the classroom, and two Unesco research-based handbooks, one on responsible talk and another on proportional reasoning in mathematics, and a brand new handbook on teaching and learning of writing. That's 10 publications that are immediately useful and relevant for teachers! And we also completed the transcription of 86 individual class guides for lower secondary produced by the Ministry of Education, including revised and updated content.

This isn't as much fun as telling you about putting books in children's hands or going into the rainforest to save wildlife. But we trust you'll agree it is a good use of your money. Children need teachers who can help them learn to read, if they are to benefit from books. They need teachers who challenge their minds and imagination, if they are to make a difference in the World. And there is so much more to be done! So please, share this report with the links below and ask your friends, family and colleagues to join you in supporting OLI today

Thank you once again.

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Pedro Us worked with over 130 teachers
Pedro Us worked with over 130 teachers

The online curriculum (cnbGuatemala.org) is Online Learning Initiative's flagship activity. This year we learned how important it is, as teachers and students all went into quarantine. Fortunately we had been building website capacity and this year we expanded disk space, memory space, bandwidth and, most importantly, the number, range and quality of resources we offer teachers.

And it happened just in time. From 140,000 monthly visitors on average last year we went to over 200,000 this year. October saw us welcome more than 330,000 visitors! But numbers can feed vanity: the key question is how teachers use the resources available to them, especially in planning their classes. All this only gets harder when everything must happen online.

To start addresing that need this month we held two 2-session workshops. The first was with pedagogical advisors —the specialists that provide schoolteachers with direct support and training in the context of their day-to-day work. The second was with a group of teachers who applied through the website. Just in the first 2 days we received over 300 applications on Google Meet!

We learnt many important things about how to support teachers directly in using the website. But we need to continue refining the methodology. Above all we need to continue delivering trainings that will make teachers skilled users of the curriculum, the online educational resources and consequently help them better prepare for work in their classroom. Your contributions are critical to this effort. Please share this project description and the link below with your family, friends and colleagues, and help us find more friends to support our work.

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Online Learning Initiative

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Twitter: @OLIonlineEd
Project Leader:
Felix Alvarado
Washington, DC United States
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