Michael Browne in Belize sharing Antigua’s e-learning experience

Former Education Minister Michael Browne

Education Minister Michael Browne, has told educators in Belize of the need to re-energize the education process.

Browne is in Belize City on the invitation of his Belizean counterpart Patrick Faber.

Speaking on 7Belize News, he used a traditional textbook to make his point that technology is important in the learning process.

“If you put an interactive book on a device whether a laptop or tablet and you put a regular old fashion traditional paper book the question is which do you think would engage the students more, which would they be more excited about,” he asked.

He said, “the key thing is, we want to re-energize the educational experience and educational process, we want to make the process of acquiring information to transition into knowledge become more relevant, pertinent and connected to students lives.”

The minister says technology is changing so fast that books become outdated shortly after being published.

Browne was part of discussions on implementing e-learning into the Belizean curriculum.

According to 7Belize News, Antigua and Barbuda has already made the switch.

Faber says he invited Browne to Belize after hearing the Antiguan speak about the initiative of digital textbooks that he had instituted in Antigua and Barbuda.

“So we invited him here as our special guest and for this celebration of education in this month of May and he brought with him the company that helped to roll out the digital platform in Antigua and Barbuda and so what we decided to do today was just to bring some of the stake holders together to start the discussion.”

Faber stressed that there are no concrete plans yet to introduce e-text books in Belize schools.

“In fact, we are just looking to see if this is something that we would want to do…I decided that this is something that we need to do, but we want to make sure that the consultation is there with the stake holders that everybody is on-board so that when we move, we move together and that this kind of change is embraced and supported as we make this big decision.”

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  1. I am wondering if Michael Browne heard and understand what Faber said before making a decision to outsource text books and moved in to ebooks. Michael Browne is in Belize with his liad mouth about changing over to ebooks and outsourcing text books in Antigua and Barbuda. Has he gotten a consultation with the people if this country. Has the parents if the children who are going to use these gadgets aware if what their children taking in their homes. Come in Mr Browne, do better than that. The people who are paying you are crying out for their children’s future. They are longing to hear from you in the Ministry to which you are assigned. Antiguans and Barbudans will very much like to sit in consultation with you about their children future. Education in Antigua is on a down low. Where is the Minister. Oh Lord hear the cry of Your children.

    • From reading another newspaper and also interviews on ABS its clear the parents love this idea. Why would anyone prefer their child lugging a suitcase full of books to the classroom?

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