School principals and the Ministry of Education (MOE) management team pose for a group photo after the presentation on policy recommendations for technology education.

Minister of Education Sinton Soalablai was conferred a Doctor of Education degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and his doctoral study was recently introduced to school principals and MOE Management team as part of recommendations for technology education.
The study focused on the use of an expensive investment 1:1 tablet program the Ministry of Education had made and the resulting findings.
According to information from MOE, the study results showed that the teachers’ use of the technology in lesson planning and presentation produced positive changes in the elementary teachers’ instructional delivery. Furthermore, it showed that the teachers’ use of the technology in lesson planning and presentation significantly increased the use of the 1:1 tablet program and created an environment that positively supports technology-driven instruction in the classroom, which it recommends, should be continued.
The recommendations from the study also supports continued investment in support of 1:1 tablet program in a long-term as sound policy for the Ministry of Education.
In addition, the study pushes for continued investments in the program as part of the MOE’s 10-Year Master Plan 2016-2026.
MOE is also encouraged to incorporate the “research considerations” as part of any program development and organization’s general data-gathering processes.
“In light of this evidence, the MOE has an opportunity to create positive social change for the students it serves by facilitating technology-driven instruction aligned to the demands of a first-class, 21st century education,” states the information from MOE.
Minister of Education Sinton Soalablai completed the doctor of education program from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Walden is an accredited university by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is one of six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The Ministry of Education in a press release says it is grateful for the minister’s research that could improve its programs and innovations in the years to come. “The MOE leadership that includes the management and school principals take this opportunity to congratulate Minister Soalablai for completing his doctoral degree.”
A reference copy of the study is available at the Palau Public Library. An electronic copy of the research study is also available on ProQuest’s website under Dissertations and Theses.

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