A Dream of Technology in a Cambodian Classroom

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GUEST BLOG POST: SOUN SOTHY, Cambodian Teacher of English

SothyProPicIn December of 2011, I met 20 year old Cambodian Soun Sothy in a workshop I conducted with the Ponheary Ly Foundation. Sothy has a passion for teaching and technology, and dreams of a future where he can harness technology to teach English to his young Cambodian students. In the new year, we will begin to experiment using iPads in his classroom.

In December 2011, I made my first video called Future Dreams and it showed about what I want for the future which is to become a computer teacher. However, now I teach English to grades five and six because I am studying at the English literature in university. It is my dream that I can teach both English and technology by using many aspects of technology

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I would like all of my students to be able to connect to the world by using the Internet, but unfortunately right now, we do not have the equipment needed for me to achieve these dreams. Hopefully, one day, all of these will become true.

My hope is that all students can see how the world develops, be able to connect to the native English speakers, so as to not just learn from the books. This will help them to be able to learn more quickly too.

I have all these hopes for the future, but I do not know what is going to happen or how change will occur. That all these things will appear in my class at sometime, and all the classes at Tchey where I teach, is my hope. So I will show my students the technologies as much as I can as it changes.

SothyIpadKidsAt the moment Media I and Media III students, who come to Tchey from their High School every afternoon, as well as some Primary School students at Tchey have an opportunity to learn about the technology in a program sponsored by the Ponheary Ly Foundation, but my future dream is that every child in Cambodia learns about technology. And I dream that English and computers can work together.

It is important for Cambodian students to learn both English and technology so as to not only improve their own future, but the future of Cambodia as well. Change will come with education.

Sothy is a graduate of Pouck High School in Siem Reap Province and a Tchey School alumni. He is currently a student at Pannasas Tra University and teaches English to 5th and 6th students at Tchey School. He continues to study technology through the Ponheary Ly Foundation. If he could go anywhere in the world for a visit, he would go to Australia to see the opera house.</em>