Support Teachers on Using ICT to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Eligibility

Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

Balasan Central Elementary School (BCES) is a public school in the province of Iloilo and is one of the schools selected for gradual resumption of face-to-face classes. The BCES continuously strengthen the capacity of teachers to improve learning outcomes of students. As the teaching tools continue to evolve over the years, the BCES recognizes the necessity to adapt the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) that aids and promotes a culture of learning. Further, its importance in the teaching-learning process highlights efficiency and an enhanced quality of teaching.

The BCES seeks support from a VSPP who has skills and experience with ICT in education. The VSPP will develop session guides on the utilization of Microsoft PowerPoint, Canva, and Zoom in teaching and learning, as well as conduct online capacity building activities using the session guides. These are the most commonly used platforms in public schools, which will be useful in both in-person and distance learning set-up. The development of these materials will also be shared with other schools in their district.

After the VSPP engagement, incoming Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in the Education sector will have the opportunity to use and update the developed session guides in their respective schools. The BCES has not hosted a PCV but the current school principal was a PCV supervisor in a different school. The school understands that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:
-Design three sets of session guides for the virtual training on how to utilize 1) Microsoft PowerPoint, 2) Canva, and 3) Zoom to create more engaging and interactive lessons.
-Conduct a series of at least six two-hour virtual workshops using the session guides developed.
-Mentor teachers in creating and improving their presentations, videos, and other multimedia products using Microsoft PowerPoint, Canva and Zoom.

This engagement is expected to be approximately 27 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, EST time. Specific times will be determined during orientation. The HCA Counterpart shall initiate the weekly calls with the VSPP preferably at around 8:00am. (Philippine time, GMT + 8). Given the time zone difference between the US and the Philippines. Virtual meeting schedules can eventually be adjusted and mutually agreed upon with the VSPP.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to laptop/desktop, Zoom app, WhatsApp, FB Messenger and email for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any area

Experience:
-Experience in utilization of ICT, computer programs or virtual classroom management platforms
-Experience in presentations and online facilitation

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree related to education

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Experience:
-2 years’ experience in any of the following fields: educational technology, ICT, or online teaching
-2 years’ experience in utilizing multimedia resources
-1 year experience in fostering interactions in a virtual classroom
-Experience in coaching and mentoring
-Work or volunteer experience as a teacher
-Background in using Microsoft PowerPoint, Canva, or Zoom

Partner background

Name: Balasan Central Elementary School

Type of entity: Government

Mission and goals:

Vision: Filipinos who passionately love their country and whose values and competencies enable them to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building the nation. As a learner-centered public institution, the Department of Education continuously improves itself to better serve its stakeholders.
Mission: To protect and promote the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based, and complete basic education where: students learn in a child-friendly, gender-sensitive, safe, and motivating environment; teachers facilitate learning and constantly nurture every learner; administrators and staff, as stewards of the institution, ensure an enabling and supportive environment for effective learning to happen; family, community, and other stakeholders are actively engaged and share responsibility for developing life-long learners.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.


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