Five educators travelled to South Africa to work with their
colleagues in a couple of the townships near Cape Town in the area
of Information & Communication Technologies integration. As
many rural schools are now receiving donated computers and get
connected to the Internet, they are becoming increasingly
frustrated with the added administration and lack of skills to
effectively implement and integrate computer use in their
These educators from Canada delivered workshops to discuss and
train administrators and educators on the issues around computer
use and integration and seek to create relationships between
schools in North America and South Africa for mutual learning on
global issues and mentorship.
We also worked to build capacity within a local NGO to develop
trainers and implementation models that will be put into practice
in the interim.
We worked closely with Edunova
, the NGO working to help integrate ICT use in
rural schools in South Africa, and The Khanya Project
which is an initiative of the Western Cape Education Department
established in April 2001 to determine the contribution that
technology could make towards addressing the increasing shortage of
educator capacity in schools.
The workshops at Glendale Secondary
(the host school in Mitchell's Plain
) started on Monday, June 30th with a
feedback session with members of the Department of Education
(Khanya) and Edunova (a local NGO) working with helping schools
make productive use of ict. The actual workshops started on Tuesday
and went to Friday.
Though some of these educators had had some exposure and workshops
on computer use, they have not really made the transition into
integrating technology across the curriculum or looked at the big
picture of an implementation/use plan. As the workshops progressed,
the teachers were excited to try many of the new Web 2.0
technologies and had productive discussions on developing a school
wide plan for implementation as well as department and lesson level
An important outcome of the workshops was to get participants
connected with other educators from South Africa and other
countries to collaborate and grow. To that end, those who did not
have emails were walked through the process and then we looked at
creating an online professional development community with the use
of wikis and blogs.
The next week the same workshops were repeated in the township of
and was hosted by Fezeka Secondary
. This school was chosen to help
enhance some of the initiatives started by Education
and to help create synergies between NGO's.
Though a majority of these teachers had little to no training in
computer use, they were no less motivated to learn all they could.
In fact, many became users of wikis and blogs by the end of the
Overall, the workshops were well received and the participants were
very excited to start using their newly acquired skills. They
realize what a great resource they have and wanted to start using
it to assist in engaging their students and enhancing learning and
their own professional development. From our survey, 100% of
participants indicated that they increased at least one level of
proficiency in their skills and knowledge (a majority jumped at
least two levels) and that they would like to see more of these
types of workshops and for a longer duration.
During our last weekend in South Africa we assisted a group of
school principals as they were put to task during an ICT boot camp
facilitated by Edunova. The issues raised and the resulting
discussions were eye-opening and very appreciated by the
Visit our wiki to see the materials and resources used for the ICT
integration workshops: TWB ICT
We want to sincerely thank the numerous donors whose gifts of
equipment (cameras, laptops, etc.), resources and money made this
trip possible. We will now move forward to stay connected and
create a network of colleagues both here and in South Africa to
share, collaborate, mentor and support. We are also planning the
growth of this project for next year.
Check out the following albums:
ICT boot camp,
township visit and