The Ministry of Education, Science and technology is forging ahead with plans to introduce Google Suites for Education through a series of training programmes.
To be introduced in all schools across Antigua and Barbuda, the training will be divided into six phases. Phase one will include the installation of all public primary and secondary schools as well as interested private and tertiary institutions into the administrative suite.
The second phase involves training of Google Suite administrators, which is expected to extend into the new academic year, while phase three was successfully completed, where education officers with responsibilities for curriculum were trained, allowing them to now become trainers in curriculum-based intervention, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teachers will also be trained to effectively use the Google Suites for Education Programme and will in turn educate students in the intricacies of Google Classroom. Their sessions, which commenced on 10 th June, 2020 and includes face to face tutorial, accompanied by self-paced online training.
Phase five will make provisions for parents to familiarize themselves with the programme through the Government Information Service (GIS), channel 11.
The final phase will focus on trouble shooting and user support. Acting Deputy Director of Education, Mrs. E. Jonah Greene commented the training is geared towards standardizing the process.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic and while remote learning was going on, teachers and schools were doing different things and persons were using a wide range of platforms…”
“We want all our teachers to use the G-Suite for Education, simply because the security in G-Suite is higher. We want to use a platform where our students are protected and our teachers can operate on conditions that are the best for the education system,” Mrs. Greene noted.
The training she pointed out is intended to ensure teachers are doing the “right thing”.
“Everyone in the system using one platform and we standardizing the process, will ensure our systems will have that momentum and that the quality of the instructions our students will receive will be better,” the education official stated.
Princess Margaret School is being used as the central location where the training is facilitated.