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In a baseline study conducted in Zimbabwean schools in 2015, general results showed that at project initiation showed that:
1. There was a clear lack of basic ICT skills (technology literacy).
2. Practicing teachers were not trained in effective use of ICT in their teaching.
3. There was a lack of adequate digital pedagogy.
4. Access to computers and internet facilities in many schools was limited or non-existing.
To solve this problem a conceptual model (Zimbabwe eSchools model) was developed to guide schools that intend to integrate EdTech in teaching and learning. An eSchool is defined as a primary or secondary school that utilizes new and emerging technologies to provide students a pathway to achieve success within a 21st century learning environment. The key principle of an eSchool is the use of technology in the classroom for everyday learning of all subjects, The vision of the e-School model is to equip school leavers with knowledge and skills useful in an age of increasing technological advancement to enable them to contribute to national and international development. The eSchool model comprises 4 pillars:
1. Technical Infrastructure - All learners provided with daily access to ICTs and adaptive technologies required to support their learning. All schools connected to the WAN and high-speed broadband Internet.
2. e-Resources - Universal access to high quality digital learning resources provided in all schools to meet the needs of all learners. - ICTs integrated and applied across the entire curriculum at all levels and for all learners.
3. Capacity-Building - All teachers and school administrators proficient in the use of ICT and using them daily in their work. - All MoPSE personnel proficient in the use of ICTs and using them daily in their work.
4. Sustainability - Cost effective ICT-based and digitised operational activities for MoPSE. - Public-Private Partnerships to support and ensure effective ICT use in schools established and institutionalized throughout Zimbabwe, and in particular at the local community and school level.
1. The capacity building tool (Zimbabwe ICT Essentials for Teachers Course) developed under this innovation can be used anywhere as a training manual of as ICT self training kit for teachers.
2. The e- Resources availed to teaches through the Zimbabwe Repository of Open Education Resources can be accessed free of charge by anyone with an internet connection.
3. Zimbabwe eSchools model guidebook can be used by schools (particularly those in developing country rural settings) that intend to integrate EdTech in teaching and learning.