Fact Sheet - Educational Technology in Jordan

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Queen Rania Foundation

QRF Fact Sheet

Educational Technology in Jordan

May 2017                                                              

Technological Infrastructure

Several initiatives have been implemented to introduce interactive whiteboards to the Jordanian public school system, through donations of interactive whiteboards to public schools around Jordan, and interventions installing interactive whiteboards in several schools.
  • In 2012, 85% of public schools had already reported having an internet connection.[i] This preceded major government initiatives to increase the internet access and speed at public schools, such as the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) agreement with a national mobile provider to connect nearly 2,700 schools through a unified network.
  • In 2015, 47% of 8th grade students attended schools where teachers reported that inadequate technological resources are not a problem or only a minor problem they face at school.[ii]
  • Just over half of 8th grade students had teachers who reported that technological support (e.g. maintenance) is not a problem or is a minor problem.[iii]

 

Educational Technology Pilots 

Many international organizations are developing and piloting educational technology interventions in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, including Jamiya Project, Kiron, Norad,   Save the Children, and War Child.
  • In 2017, Edraak began developing a new platform for K-12 education, with the aim of creating a library of Arabic language open educational resources (OERs).
  • From 2003-2017, the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) piloted over 40 educational technology interventions in 180 schools. These interventions included 1:1 learning models, robotics, coding, project-based learning, and various educational apps.[iv] In 2017, JEI transitioned to the Queen Rania Foundation to become its implementation arm.

 

Teachers and Technology

  • Approximately 30% of 8th grade students have teachers who reported receiving training on technology-integrated pedagogy.[v]

  • Under the Education Reform for the Knowledge Economy (ERfKE) I&II, several technology-integrated pedagogy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills training programs were offered, including the Intel Teach Essentials program, which reached 33,000 public school teachers by 2007.[vi]

 

Figure 1: Observed Use of Technology in Classrooms by 5th, 9th and 11th Grade Arabic, Maths and Science Teachers by Gender, 2014[vii]

Technology at Home

  • Public school students in Jordan have significant access to various technologies at home, with over three quarters of 15-year-old public school students reporting to have access to at least one laptop at home. Figure 2 provides more details.

Figure 2: Reported Technology Access of 15-Year-Old Public School Students in Jordan, 2015

 

Technology and the Ministry of Education

The Queen Rania Center for Educational Technology and Information is responsible for overseeing the management and maintenance of educational technology in schools.

 

References

[i] Jordan Education Initiative & Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. (2012). انتشار واستخدام تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات في مدارس المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية. http://jei.org.jo/Portals/0/Reports/2012/ICT%20Use%20and%20Diffusion%20in%20Schools_1.pdf

[ii] International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). (2015). TIMSS 2015 International Database. TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center. https://timssandpirls.bc.edu/timss2015/international-database/

[iii] IEA. (2015).

[iv] Jordan Education Initiative. (2017). See http://jei.org.jo/en-us/Monitoring-Evaluation for links to reports on each pilot.

[v] IEA. (2015).

[vi] Intel. (2007). Intel Teach Program Brings 21st Century Skills to Jordanian Teachers. http://download.intel.com/pressroom/kits/education/teach/9332_Jordan_CS.pdf.

[vii] Tweissi, A., Ababneh, E., & Abu Lebideh, K. (2015). الملاحظة الصفية المرحلة الثانية: التعليم والتعلم المتمحور حول الطالب في المدارس الأردنية. National Center for Human Resources Development. http://www.nchrd.gov.jo/assets/PDF/Studies/Ar/Class%20Observation%202015_Ar.pdf.

[viii] Ministry of Education Development Coordination Unit. (2014). Education Reform for Knowledge Economy Second Phase: Annual Narrative Report 2014. http://www.moe.gov.jo/Files/(8-7-2015)(10-53-09%20AM).pdf.