Hii kali bandugu - Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, TSC, Microsoft and Safaricom to train teachers on digital skills

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What you need to know:
  • The partnership also includes Safaricom that has offered education bundles to teachers and learners.
  • Last week, KICD council appointed a new director, Prof Charles Ong’ondo, an academic from Moi University.
The national curriculum regulator is rolling out a digital training programme for teachers as part of a strategy to enhance virtual teaching and learning.
The training will be conducted jointly by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), the Teachers Service Commission and Microsoft. The aim is to equip teachers with skills for developing and delivering quality digital content, which has become the new reality in education during this period when schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The partnership also includes Safaricom that has offered education bundles to teachers and learners.
At the same time, KICD has refurbished its educational broadcasting studio, Edu TV channel, to give it a new-look and feel, make it interactive and enhance delivery of content. Edu TV channel is the only education broadcasting station.


Reforms
These are some of the reforms that have been lined up to expand and enhance virtual learning that is becoming a new reality as schools remain closed for a prolonged period.
“The training of teachers will be free of charge and will be delivered online to a select group on a pilot basis before it is extended across the country,” says Dr Joel Mabonga, KICD’s senior deputy director, who until last week was the acting director.
Last week, KICD council appointed a new director, Prof Charles Ong’ondo, an academic from Moi University.
The new-look studio has been designed with different backdrops to accommodate the various levels of learning. For lower classes, the background is multidimensional and interactive and designed to capture the imagination and ensure retention of the learners.
Digital content
"We had planned for all these, but, in view of the hardships brought about Covid-19, we had to fast-track our processes,” said Dr Mabonga.

Other activities lined up include producing interactive digital content, incorporating pertinent and emerging issues in the digital and broadcast programmes as well as developing and adapting digital content for learners with special needs and disabilities.
When schools closed in March, Education ministry directed KICD to expand its remote learning programmes, comprising broadcast and digital content, to serve more than 15 million learners forced to stay at home.
Edu TV channel seeks to sustain a rich menu of educational content that has seen it bag the best award in airing local content during KUZA Awards organised by the Communication Authority of Kenya, adds Dr Mabonga.
Teachers to train on digital skills
 

Mkikuyu- Akili timamu

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Kama huu ni ukweli basi masomo ya kuhutimu kazi ya mwalimu Kenya ni dhaifu sana. Hivi hakuna somo la "computer" inabidi wasomeshwe kwa msaada na makampuni ya kujitolea?
 

MK254

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Our teachers need digital literacy especially in this 21st century. We are in an era of technology.
A very wise move if you ask me.

This has been strongly evidenced during the whole time we have been under corona pandemic, technology has been so helpful in disseminating learning materials.
 

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In order for this programme to succeed, learners should be offered means of obtaining computers and gadgets such as iPads. Affordable internet bundles should be created too.
 

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You're right my sister, everything is being taken into consideration, by the way we have a TV channel fully dedicated to diffusing education into every corner of the nation, Edu TV EDU TV Programme Lineup Timetable (KICD Learning Channel) - Kenyayote
I think it’s a time for our governments to think about having a talk with gadget giants sucha as Apple and Microsoft. If they can find a way of having affordable gadgets which will be sold in developing countries.
Also adults who are interested in learning IT should be offered lessons regardless of their age.

Internet can save time, imagine if you want a new passport, you can just download a form from immigration office, fill it up, make a payment transaction, scan your picture and wait for your new passport through mail delivery.
 

MK254

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I think it’s a time for our governments to think about having a talk with gadget giants sucha as Apple and Microsoft. If they can find a way of having affordable gadgets which will be sold in developing countries.
Also adults who are interested in learning IT should be offered lessons regardless of their age.

Internet can save time, imagine if you want a new passport, you can just download a form from immigration office, fill it up, make a payment transaction, scan your picture and wait for your new passport through mail delivery.

Spot on.... subsidizing them will help a great deal, there are several programmes but still not sufficient.
 

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