Thursday, June 11, 2009

Improving Jordans Technology

When it comes to technology in the country of Jordan, it lacks alot. This is in comparison to what this country is able to achieve. When you look at Jordan's potential for a rather large success in the technology sector, and its current position, you can realize the large difference. To make things worse, there have been very few major improvements from the ministry in recent years, except maybe the excluding computers from sales tax.

You may have seen, from her majesty's Youtube channel and Twitter account, that education has been a key aspect of Queen Rania's goals for the country. I highly support her and what she is doing for our country, but I think she can take it a step further. What I am saying is that technology has to play a major part in education so both can strive.

Let me explain further. Computer aided learning is not only a great improvement to the curriculum, it is also necessary to combat any boundaries that our country faces. Technology is possibly the biggest boundary between the twentieth and the twenty first century. If we break this boundary and recognize technology as a major aspect in our country's education, then we have taken the country out of the past and into the present.

But it is not simple as it seems. There have to be many, many improvements here and there for the idea of of technology and education being brought together. Here are a few suggestions as to how this idea could be brought into Jordan. And if you have any more suggestions, please add them by a comment. And if her majesty could read this post, that would be not only a great honor for me, but a great step forward for all of Jordan.

  • Recognize the relationship between education and technology. There has always been a gap between the two when it comes to governmental issues. Many counties have broke the boundary between the two matters and it is Jordan's turn to do the same.
  • Combat computer illiteracy after we have combated illiteracy. I, in no means, want to prioritize anything over the other. But once we have finally stopped illiteracy, there will be a time to start to solve a much larger computer illiteracy.
  • Introduce computer aided learning to classrooms of already developed schools to further aid them. Schools should be encouraged to add computers, not just to special computer labs, but to classrooms themselves.
  • Teachers should be computer literate and be able to produce presentations and use them in lessons. The school should provide laptops and projectors for any teacher that needs them, and these should be of good quality.
  • Computer courses, such as ICDL courses, should be government funded and provided free for everyone. Being funded by the government should not mean it would be lacking and instead should mean it would be of high quality.
  • Provide proper motivations for university students willing to improve technology in Jordan. Motivations should include funding and support for any project the students have. These will hopefully encourage projects to thrive and contribute to the country.
Of course, as I said, any suggestions are appreciated.


  1. Hey, I like your blog, really great!

    Now to the improvement of technology in the country, I think the most important thing to start with is to increase people's awareness, especially the youth, of the technology's importance. Doing any improvements or starting any initiative of no clear importance realized by people will have no effect. I'm not saying this randomly, I mean it's from the experience of the Ministry of Education of FORCING the teachers to have the ICDL. Notice that when the teachers are forced to take the certificate, not taking it for a belief that the skills to be acquired are of any importance or may lead to improve the quality of the content they deliver, they will not benefit from it nor their students. To sum it up, my point is to let people feel the importance of technology so that they appreciate it and make real effort to have enough skills and knowledge. We can start the enlightenment from our family and friends!

  2. I agree.

    But I did not mean forcing teachers to take courses, rather those who did take will be favored over those who didn't.

    Thanks for commenting.