The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) has selected Promethean to provide students throughout The Bahamas archipelago of islands equitable access to advanced education opportunities. Supporting the Ministry’s Bahamas Education Initiative, Promethean is working with the Ministry to bring the company’s Modern Classroom solution to life in all Bahamian schools.
While the island of New Providence is home to almost 70% of Bahamians, 30% of citizens reside on the other islands, collectively known as the Family Islands. Providing advanced coursework to students in many of the Family Islands is logistically difficult. Through this partnership with Promethean, the Ministry is creating a framework to provide all students access to the same coursework, regardless of their geographical location.
In The Bahamas, the Modern Classroom includes ClassFlow, an interactive lesson delivery system from Promethean, which capitalizes on the Ministry’s previous integration of Promethean interactive whiteboards into classrooms. Together, these technology resources provide students on the Family Islands with the ability to take coursework not previously offered to them and to participate in a synchronous learning environment, increasing academic achievement and allowing all students to finish high school ready for college or careers.
As part of the Initiative, Promethean and the Ministry are building computer coding modules to be delivered through ClassFlow. The coding modules, and later coursework also to be developed in ClassFlow, are part of the ongoing effort to provide equitable access to learning. The initial implementation earned positive reviews from teachers.
“Invigorating! Exciting! Explorative! Before I could even get into the lesson, they had already created their own projects and were showing me what they had done,” said Anslem Chea, a teacher at N. G. M. Major High School on The Bahamas’ Long Island. “Students can’t wait until we meet for class again.” The students as well as the teachers are engrossed in this initiative and have embraced it from the onset.