Insight study: Catalytic impact of iKnowledge

Overview
The iKnowledge project provides a platform of ICT-related interventions to 100 primary and 200 secondary schools across Tanzania. These interventions include the provision of internet connectivity, ICT devices, relevant educational content, and capacity building for teachers to use ICT in their teaching.

This report is part of a series of insight studies around the impact of the iKnowledge project within Tanzania. The focus topic of this study is the observed catalytic impact from four schools that have received the iKnowledge platform. It describes the ways in which these schools have utilised iKnowledge and illustrates the resulting transformation through three key thematic areas: changes in teaching and learning environments, professional development, and income generation. The insight study concludes with recommendations for future programming and reflects on learning for the wider sector.

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Insight study: Exploring the impact of the Academy school module

Overview
The iKnowledge project aims to improve the quality of education in Tanzania by addressing key challenges the educational sector currently face in the delivery of ICT programmes in schools. These challenges include connectivity, accessibility, capacity, ICT resources and infrastructure. iKnowledge has been rolled out in 100 primary and 200 secondary schools across Tanzania. The project advances primary school teachers' digital literacy and understanding through a sustainable ‘train the trainer’ training model, and provides educational content for teachers to apply directly into their classrooms, which has been shown to greatly improve educational engagement

This study was carried out by Camara Education Tanzania, a partner within the iKnowledge consortium, as part of a series of insight studies conducted by the project to assess impact. The iKnowledge platform provides a varying intensity of inputs within participating primary and secondary schools. On top of this platform sits a range of modules designed to test specific sets of interventions. The Academy school module receives a high intensity of inputs in regard to hardware and training provided.

This insight study illustrates how the Academy schools not only achieved the intended objectives, but leveraged the project to attain additional educational, technological and social benefits, generating encouraging changes in three key thematic areas: student and teacher benefit from the use of ICTs, financial sustainability in Academy schools, and the Academy school being a central point of learning for members of the community.

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Insight study: Impact of the DLA module

Overview
The iKnowledge project provides a platform of ICT-related interventions to 100 primary and 200 secondary schools across Tanzania. These interventions include the provision of internet connectivity, ICT devices, relevant educational content, and capacity building for teachers to use ICT in their teaching. On top of this platform sit modules, designed to test specific sets of interventions. The focus topic of this study is the impact of the DLA module, which is implemented in eight iKnowledge schools in Arusha and Moshi and receives DLA’s extensive library of content and accompanying teacher training. The DLA module features a series of workshops and teacher support activities delivered both in person and remotely.

The DLA intervention sought to understand whether student-centred, inclusive teaching methods and the use of high-quality educational video improved the teaching and learning environment. This study is part of a series of insight studies conducted by the project to assess impact. First, it presents the context of public education in Tanzania and, in particular, the challenges to educational quality and girls’ participation in the learning process. Next, it briefly describes the methods used to collect data and information about the teachers’ implementation of student-centred, inclusive instruction and integration of DLA content in their lessons. This is followed by a presentation of the DLA module’s impact on teaching and learning performance. Finally, it discusses the successes and constraints of the module, and proposes next steps for this intervention.

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Insight study: Camara Learning Academy module pilot

Overview
The iKnowledge project provides a platform of ICT-related interventions to 100 primary and 200 secondary schools across Tanzania. These interventions include the provision of internet connectivity, ICT devices, relevant educational content, and capacity building for teachers to use ICT in their teaching. On top of this platform sits a range of modules designed to test specific sets of interventions. One of these modules is the Camara Learning Academy (CLA), which provides teachers with self-paced, affordable, needs-driven courses. This study is part of a series of insight studies conducted by the iKnowledge project to assess the impact of the platform and modules.

This insight study presents an overview and analysis of the CLA micro-course pilot activity, assessing the impact the pilot has had on the participating iKnowledge teachers. This includes exploring the enrolment and completion numbers for the course, teacher learning gains, and teacher response to and reflections on the pilot. The insight study concludes with a discussion of implications and recommendations for future programming.

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Insight study: Connecting remote schools through the iKnowledge project

Overview
The iKnowledge project provides a platform of ICT-related interventions to 100 primary and 200 secondary schools across Tanzania. These interventions include the provision of internet connectivity, ICT devices, relevant educational content, and capacity building for teachers to use ICT in their teaching.
This report is part of a series of insight studies that illustrate the impact of the iKnowledge project within Tanzania. This insight study focuses on remotely located secondary schools that are participating in the iKnowledge Remote school module and the role of the satellite connectivity in connecting these hard to reach schools. The first part documents changes that have occurred at an institutional level and the second part presents changes in perceptions and aspirations of the students and teachers that have occurred as a result of the intervention. Communities have also benefitted from the schools having access to connectivity. This is the first study that focuses on the secondary schools involved in the iKnowledge project and for that reason is unique in the portfolio of available insight studies that present iKnowledge impact.

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