Educational Digital Skills

As computer-related technologies continue to evolve, teachers are now facing constant pressure to accommodate and implement new technologies into their teaching techniques and in practical interpretation concepts in today’s generation.

In line with the Competency Based Curriculum initiated in Kenya by the Government, which targets all learners in schools, and with an aim to entrench ICT in the teaching and learning process and management of education in schools, our role as Iworth Technologies Limited, we are hereby introducing interactive whiteboards to your school mainly Computer Lab Learning Sessions which will enhance an all-inclusive participation level in the Computer Lab or Classroom as a teacher engages students in lessons.

The Digital Learning Programme (DLP) was initiated by the Government of Kenya in 2013. The Programme is targeted at learners in all public primary schools and is aimed at integrating the use of digital technologies in learning. The decision is borne out of the vision and context that technology now defines our world and there is need to prepare our young people for today’s realities.

Challenge to Private Schools

How marketable will Private Schools in Kenya be marketable after the current 8-4-4 pupils clear standard 8?

It is high time private school investors know that their schools will no longer be marketable by high score marks by students but rather than what learning aid do they have better than another school.

This ideally means as we see no ranking in place, all institutions either private or public would be suitable for learners. However, to tap a kids talent, interests and knowing their areas to improve, the school infrastructure would make the difference between one institution from another, and parents will be aware.

Todays kids are hands-on due to access to various electronic devices at home this gone are the days where children would seat in class and just listen to a teacher and copy notes on the blackboard, it’s time to integrate devices and digitized content in the classrooms.

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So what is digital literacy?

Digital literacy can be defined as: “The ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and create information using digital technology.” Digitally literate people can communicate and work more efficiently, especially with those who possess the same knowledge and skills.

Interactive whiteboards (IWB) are regarded as one of the most revolutionary instructional technologies for various educational levels.

Anything that can be done on a Computer Monitor can be replicated on the Interactive White board (Smart Board) to bring out collaboration. A teacher can create engaging lessons that focus on one task such as a matching activity where students use either their fingers or a (Stylus) Pen to match items.

This technology makes the one-computer classroom a workable instructional model.

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn better when they are fully engaged and that multi-sensory, hands-on learning is the best way to engage them.