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BET K-12: What do Brazilian teachers in disadvantaged schools think of ICTs?

Isabella Rega
NewMinE Lab - University of Lugano

Lorenzo Cantoni
NewMinE Lab - University of Lugano

Stefano Tardini
eLab - University of Lugano

Bruno Olivatto

Francisca Nery

Ornelia Marques

Francesca Fanni

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     Presentation date: 11/01/2006 11:45 AM in ST Windsor B
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This paper aims at presenting an ongoing project on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the in-service training of primary school teachers, working in community schools in the area of Salvador Bahia (State of Bahia, Brazil). The project – whose acronym is BET K-12: Brazilian eLearning Teacher Training in K-12 – is managed in collaboration by the University of Lugano (Switzerland) and the CEAP - Centro de Estudos e Assessoria Pedagogica, and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
BET K-12 combines regional development and research, fostering the use of ICTs for development, while, at the same time, assessing it, focusing namely on the issues of Access, Impact and Quality.
The paper is organized as follows: a first section is devoted to briefly outline the role that ICTs can play in improving teacher training experiences in developing countries.
The second section works like a bridge between the first one and the detailed project presentation. Its aim is to provide an overview of current activities being run in Brazil and to stress the importance of using ICTs for teacher training in Brazil in these particular years.
The third section presents the BET-K12 project approach in detail, in its operational part: online courses developed at CEAP and in its research part: aiming at investigate the issue of Access, Impact and Quality in the field of ICTs and Teacher Training in Brazil.

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