About this Project

The Faith and Technology training was first successfully piloted in Nicaragua, and duplicated in Zambia, and now EduDeo Ministries is partnering with COCREF in the Dominican Republic to implement the program in the 5 COCREF high schools. This program brings teacher workshops and training, and includes the introduction of a low-cost little computer called the “Raspberry Pi” (RPi). It is a device about the size of a deck of cards and capable of running a full Linux desktop operating system using only 2.5 watts of power. The RPi includes a wide variety of educational programs - and previous experience in Nicaragua and Zambia has demonstrated it is an appropriate technology for use in schools in developing countries. COCREF schools continue to struggle to meet the Ministry of Educations computer requirements for their schools with old donated computers often troubled with viruses.  COCREF schools have already committed secure space for a computer lab and have selected high school computer science teachers to participate in this 4-day Walking Together training session.  It is hoped that a group similar to RedProCom in Nicaragua (a collaborative team of educators involved in technology at ACECEN schools) will be formed by these teachers as a basis for mutual support and continued learning.

The primary participants of this project will be computer science teachers. Participants will grow in their understanding of and ability to use RPi technology, become more aware of the way a Biblical worldview impacts our use of technology, explore ways to utilize the technology in their classrooms, and be able to guide students as they explore how to develop their God-given gifts.

Learning Objectives:

1.To introduce the connections and impact between faith and computer technology.

2.To train teachers in basic computer skills using and maintaining RPis.

3.To explore how the RPi can be used as a tool to advance learning in computer science and other subject areas.

4.To encourage and support the establishment of a group of passionate COCREF computer teachers.

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