The INTEGRA strategy: creating a Network of Innovation Centres
The INTEGRA project aims at developing and improving capabilities of Latin American institutions to use, manage, and leverage ICTs in teaching and administration.
The Demonstration Project will create a Network of Innovation Centres (CedeI – Centros de Innovación) devoted to experimenting with the use of the new technologies in educational or administrative activities, promoting continuous training activities for teachers and technicians, and providing services to schools in their area of influence. The Network’s initial core of 20 schools will be selected on the basis of minimum requirements in terms of: technical infrastructure (hardware and Internet connectivity); teachers with sufficient training and motivated to participate in innovative projects; and commitment from school boards and directors.
The selection of these 20 centres will not preclude other schools from participating in the network if they so wish.
Through INTEGRA, a core group of educational institutions will be able to
Ensuring “contagiousness” and intelligent adaptation of different experiences.
In order to ensure that concrete results are achieved, the project will draw on successful European and Latin American experiences. Large-scale initiatives represented in the project are: the Dschola project in Piemonte-Italy, the XTEC network in Catalunya-Spain, the National Centre for Technology in Education-NCTE- in Ireland; Red Enlaces in Chile; the Educ.ar portal in Argentina and the Programa de Conectividad Educativa in Uruguay.
As the project develops, direct contact between colleagues in Europe and Latin America will ensure suitable “contagiousness” and intelligent adaptation of their different experiences.
Active involvement of educational authorities
The participation of educational authorities ensures that INTEGRA activities complement the initiatives of national and local governments.
Recommendations for public policy concerning the introduction of the new technologies in the educational system will be drawn up during the final phase of the project.