Digital Learning for Development (DL4D) is part of the Information Networks in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (INASSA) program funded jointly by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, and administered by the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-ED) of the Philippines.

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Can you make a cricket sing during the day?

By Dr. Ari Widodo, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia

Having competencies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) should give a huge benefit to our children. Yet, teaching for such competencies is more often a challenging task for the teacher. The curriculum has prescribed what to teach and for how long, which makes it difficult to insert new programs into the curriculum. The weather sensors introduced by the project were very interesting but teachers need training on how to use and how to apply them in the lessons.

A series of workshops were conducted to support the teachers before they could use the sensors in the classroom. The workshops covered an explanation of the technical issues of the sensors and how they work, identification of possible topics for lessons which could make use of the sensors, and preparation for the lessons.

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“The DL4D Research Network is committed to investigating how digital learning can help address the issues of educational equity, quality and efficiency particularly in the Global South where these issues pose real challenges to human development.

This is not doing research for research’s sake. The work of the Network’s researchers, experts and partners, from both the south and the north, is intended to spur informed discussions with policymakers, decision-makers, educators, other practitioners and the learners themselves on what works, what doesn’t and what models to invest limited resources in.” – DL4D Principal Investigator Prof. Cher Ping Lim, The Education University of Hong Kong


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