Bookshelf
July 2006

Bookshelf

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The book covers the experiences gained and lessons learned in SchoolNet operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  SchoolNets are  tremendously transformative in  nature as they cover       nationwide and international networks of schools,  teachers, parents and resources, forums, database, teachers training,  and collaborative projects between schools and nations.  The book is divided into eight chapters. Each chapter discusses the lessons learned under varying  aspects of SchoolNet. In the chapter one of the book, the rational behind  the SchoolNet operation has been discussed. A SchoolNet with a strong  foundation that is grounded on a solid rationale and a unified set of objectives is better able to put its networking operations on target. The second chapter is on policy and  development support that mentions the role of School Nets in national  policy and programme on ICT use in education. SchoolNets have the  advantage of being a part of the government system or bureaucracy  and its role is further enhanced in the national ICT policy if there are  adequate inputs from the stakeholders, and if their level of involvement is high. This chapter  also discusses on leadership and distributed leadership roles. It further  discusses about the importance of awareness and advocacy.  The third chapter of the book focuses on Management, organisational structure, partnership and financial  stability lessons. Here the book  nalyses the importance of range of  organisational structures, personnel requirements, budgetary resources  and requirements, partnership in the SchoolNet, provision of SchoolNet,  operating guidelines,  institutionalisation and sustainability,  synergies with other national andregional SchoolNet programmes. In the fourth chapter of the book infrastructure and connectivity aspect of SchoolNet has been covered. In the fifth chapter, emphasis has been given  on the aspect of curriculum integration, content development and knowledge management where suggestions have been given on integrating curriculum integration, pedagogy and ICT.

In chapter six of the book, troubleshooting and maintenance aspects have been covered. In the seventh chapter analysis has been  done on the teachers’ training programme.  In the last chapter of the book suggestions have been given on  research, monitoring and evaluation process. This part of the book comes up with suggestion on the  performance indicators, saying, a set of key performance indicators should be developed and applied accordingly  in order to determine the success of SchoolNet operations.  In each chapter of the book all five  countries have been covered under above mentioned aspects separately  and lessons learned in these countries have been discussed by putting  details about experiences gained in various programmes conducted in SchoolNet operations.  The book contains vital lessons and suggestions on improving the  performance of SchoolNet operations in Asia Pacific region. This is certainly  an important resource for the practitioners who are involved in the reform process of SchoolNet  programme and also for those who are key observers of SchoolNet  programmes.

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