TeacherMate

Ghana TeacherMate Trials

The Ghana TeacherMate Trials primarily sought to assist teachers with hand held devices, specifically TeacherMates, and its accompanying Differentiated Learning Systems to cause significant improvements in the literacy levels of pupils at the basic level. It also sought to prove that when pupils and teachers are exposed to quality teaching and learning resources, with very little guidance they can enjoy a much better learning and teaching experience. The trials was carried out in a single basic school with the focus being literacy for primaries 2, 3 and 4.

It was therefore expected that there would be increased levels in pupils literacy performance over a specified period of time. The production of a school newsletter and other literary artifacts as a physical manifestation of the direct result of the TeacherMate intervention was also to be encouraged. It was also envisaged that there would be a positive attitude towards teaching and learning in the school manifested by a possible increase in enrollment, regular as well as punctual attendance to school and increased general academic performance.

The trials was expected to run for one (1) calendar year but was truncated with the coming of the Ghana Reads program. Funding for this project was provided by OLE Ghana with Innovations for Learning and OLE International providing technical support.

Innovations for Learning, Inc. (IFL) is an Illinois nonprofit organization formed in 1993 to develop innovative technology to improve early elementary education. Together with Stanford University it has launched demonstration pilots of the TeacherMate System in Mexico, Singapore, Korea and the Philippines. IFL has also created a complete supplemental beginning reading and math instructional program for K-2 classrooms, which has been demonstrated to be effective by independent university research.

IFL in cooperation with the Open Learning Exchange is piloting the TeacherMate Differentiated Instruction System in a number of developing countries.

Watch video on Ghana ReadsĀ here, OLE Ghana’s Award winning Flagship Project