Ciber@prendiz: Aplicaciones de la Internet para
el Aprendizaje Educativo (AIAE) is a curriculum and technology based
teacher professional development pilot project sponsored by the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
(ATN/SF-7576-RG). This project focuses on preparing educators and
administrators from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Perú in the use of "Unique
and Compelling" educational applications of the Internet in their
classrooms and the integration of these resources into their existing
From March, 2002
to October 2003, 36 science and math teachers from six schools (six per
school) and six principals participated in three intensive week-long
training sessions in the use of specific Internet-based educational
applications totaling over 120 hours of professional
development and each teacher completed an additional 360 hours of
classroom implementation impacting a total of 6,000+ students (See
Through the use of these Internet-based educational applications,
students learned how to use technology to apply real world learning to
solve authentic problems (see Student Projects). In each of the countries, many students who
had never touched a computer before actively participated in robust
online collaborative projects by, for example, testing water quality and then
comparing their results with other students from around the world.
Students also accessed and downloaded real-time earthquake data directly
from the Internet to investigate plate tectonics and used live-web cams
and satellite images to study weather phenomena from around the world
(see Photos and Videos).
In addition to these activities, teachers and students participated in
local and regional conferences and presented their work to other schools
and local government officials, parent groups made significant
contributions, and meetings were held with high-level government
officials including ministers of education and a former president as
well as the current vice-president of Ecuador. Currently, new
initiatives are being planned in all three countries.
- To successfully implement a demonstration project in three
countries involving teams of teachers that will result in
increased student engagement, motivation, and achievement in
science, mathematics, and other subjects, through the meaningful
and effective use of technology.
- To establish the foundations and create the infrastructure and
partnerships necessary for a larger-scale teacher training and
systemic reform program that can have widespread and long-term
impact on science and mathematics achievement, teacher content
knowledge, use of innovative instructional strategies, and
effective use of technology in the classroom.
- To adapt four Internet-based Unique and Compelling educational
projects developed by the Center for Innovation in Engineering and
Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology and
corresponding curriculum and training resources and methodologies
so that they are linguistically and culturally appropriate for
implementation and meet the curricular standards in Costa Rica,
Perú, and Ecuador.
- To demonstrate the value of Internet-based resources to:
- augment scarce textbooks and classroom materials.
- strengthen teacher content knowledge in science,
mathematics, and other core subjects.
- promote project-based, inquiry-oriented pedagogical
approaches which require students to engage in collaboration,
critical thinking, analysis/synthesis of data, and
- make science and mathematics immediate, relevant, and
accessible to students through innovative and dynamic
technology-supported curriculum materials that use real-world,
real-time Internet-based data, global telecollaboration of
meaningful science investigations, and student-to-expert
- To initiate and support ongoing cooperation and collaboration
among teachers from public and private schools.
- To foster ongoing cooperation and collaboration between K12
educators and faculty from local universities and Latin American
scientific and research institutions.
Partners & Responsibilities
The following is a brief description of each of the
Ciber@prendiz project partners and the role of each partner within the
project. For additional information, click on the name of any partner to
be directed to that organization's web site.
The Internet-based applications and corresponding pedagogical
methodologies that form the foundation of the project are based on the
experience and materials developed by the
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at
Stevens Institute of
Technology located in Hoboken, NJ and were presented in
collaboration with Miami Dade College (MDC) located in Miami, FL. CIESE in partnership with
MDCC provided and adapted the curriculum materials
so that they are linguistically and culturally appropriate for
implementation in the participating countries, conducted intensive
hands-on teacher training sessions, and assisted the teachers by way of
ongoing local and electronic support.
To coordinate and support the implementation of the project on
a national level, promote sustainability, and create the foundation necessary for a larger-scale
program, strategic partnerships were established with the following
universities and institutions in each of the participating countries:
Dengo (FOD) in San José, Costa Rica, the
de Tecnologías de Información (CTI), a department of the
Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral
(ESPOL) in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the Universidad
San Pablo (USP) in Lima, Perú. The FOD also served as the overall managing agency for Ciber@prendiz and assisted in the
adaptation of the curriculum materials.
for Children & Technology (CCT), a division of the
Education Development Center (EDC),
based in New York, NY, serves as the external evaluator, and Schools
Online, a non-profit public benefit 501(c)3 organization based in
San José, California provided each classroom with desktop computers and
other equipment such as printers, digital cameras, etc. Additionally,
each of the participating schools contributed their respective Internet
connectivity costs and other incidentals such as security bars for the
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Edward A. Friedman,
Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education
Stevens Institute of Technology
Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201) 216-5188 Fax: (201) 216-8069