Technology In Education: Improving Teachers’ User Experience (UX) In Africa

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Ever-changing technology is affecting the way students and teachers use technology for teaching and learning in schools. The 21st century teachers are required to be able to adapt to the fast paced emergence of technology while students are by default responsive to the emergence of technology as it evolves. Challenges and opportunities arise as teachers have to evolve technologically even before their students. Although, experienced schools administrators around the world have organised and recommended series of interactive training sessions for teachers on the use of innovative education technology. However, in my experience, I strongly believe this proffered solution is not enough to tackle the menace and challenges involved in emerging technology in education.

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Effective Teaching

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A student spends most of her productive waking hours in school. Thus, teachers play a pivotal role in her life. It is very important for a teacher to assess the needs of her students. A comfortable and congenial environment is very important for effective teaching and learning.

Students will feel motivated to learn only if they understand the significance of what they are learning. A teacher knows that all the knowledge imparted in school, according to the prescribed syllabus, may not directly fulfill the needs of each of her students. However, through her teaching, she can create the need, the urge to learn by connecting the theoretical with the practical i.e. interlinking the knowledge that she wants to impart with the day-to-day relevance of such knowledge.   Continue reading

Teachers as nation builders

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‘‘Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’’ –Proverbs 22:6
‘‘I am indebted to my parent for living, but to my teacher for living well.’’ –Alexander the Great

EVERYMAN has a teacher and every great man has a great teacher. Zig Ziglar said, ‘a lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.’’ Frederick Douglas, the most important black American leader of the 19th century and a key figure in the abolition of slavery in the United States said, ‘‘it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.’’ Continue reading

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