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Institution: Sema Spain and the Supercomputation Centre of Galicia
Theme: Institution and HR Management
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2000
Summary: The APONTE project, carried out in Galicia (northwest Spain) and northern Portugal, focused on introducing ICT (new technologies) in rural areas. The overall approach was to analyse the advantages of using ICT in secondary schools. APONTE experimented with two main approaches to content design: a constructivist approach and an inductive approach. Its use of ICT includes:

• An APONTE web site;

• Aula APONTE, a Web-based collaboration tool with such features as web mail, a chat tool, discussion forums and course sections;

• The Internet Starter Kit, a self-training CD-Rom for teachers that includes basic information and a practical guide for Internet beginners;

• Videoconferencing; and

• Additional printed and multimedia training material.
Impact: Pupils in general enjoyed the experience and took advantage of the new pedagogical tools and approach. Communication in schools was positively affected by the use of ICT, and awareness of other linguistic and cultural realities was noticeable. The main result of the project, however, is a set of general guidelines for the application of ICT in rural areas in other countries of the European Union.
Source: Sema Spain and the Supercomputation Centre of Galicia
Project Home URL: http://www.etw.org/2003/case_studies/reg_dev_aponte.htm

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