In order to ensure the project's success, face-to-face contact with beneficiaries is essential.
Main activities organized in the context of this project are listed below:
- 2-day on-site training on mentoring and coaching for the selected local leaders and linguists
During the two day training meeting, 5 local linguist tutors and three teachers selected as local leaders were trained on using the mobile technology and becoming familiar with the contents, as well as in recording observations. The training was provided by the content developers and the technical team specialized in mobile technology assigned by UPN for this project.
- 2-day teacher training for the 59 participants: use of technology and guidelines for teachers
The 59 participating local teachers were invited to a two-day meeting to ensure that they fully understood and felt comfortable with the process. During the sessions, mutual obligations, targets and a time table were agreed upon.
The first day focused on the use of NED platform, the applications and the blog. Phones were distributed by the project team to the teachers. Participating teachers were divided into 5 groups for tutor-led sessions. On the second day, the teachers reflected on the social practices of language as an object of study and worked on the first lesson.
- Tutorial visits
Eight tutorial visits were made to the Sierra Negra-Valle de Tehuacan Nahualtl region with the purpose of checking the progress of teachers, and reflecting on the problems and solutions for the implementation of the pilot project.
Evaluation meeting of the project first phase
The project team analysed the progress and achievements of the participating teachers. It was noted that approximately 60% of teachers studied the ten lessons. Although the original intent was for teachers to study one lesson per week, this increased to three weeks per lesson. This delay was largely due to the teachers’ workload and connectivity problems in pilot schools. As a result, space with access to wi-fi networks were sought to face this connectivity issue.
For the second phase of the project, the lessons developed during the first phase will be adjusted so that the teachers can work on them with their students.