How do you make technology a success in your school?
The answer is teacher training! You can buy lots of tablets and laptops, but unless teachers take ownership of the devices and believe it helps them makes better lessons, they will never get used.
You may have heard that most schools are not using the DLP tablets. The lack of teacher training and support is the number one reason why. It's a lesson we learned in our pilot at Embakasi Garisson Primary School.
But we realised that with enough training and support, any teacher can learn to use technology, creating lesson plans, mark sheets, and even developing their own digital lessons.
Read more about eLimu's teacher training in our blog.
ICT courses designed for teachers
When teachers become confident using technology they will become its biggest evangelists.
Together with Qualcomm Wireless Reach, we have developed a training programme which shows teachers how to use computers to:
- Develop lesson plans and mark sheets
- Research and create their own digital lessons
- Charge and store devices safely and efficiently
- Use the DLP devices and KICD content
- Get devices into the classroom and students on task in 5 minutes
- Use teacher-led, and learner-focused approaches
- Share their materials and train other teachers in their school
We offer 2-5 day teacher trainings customised to the needs of your school.
GO-GA and "virtual labs" make learning STEM even better
Many schools don't have well-equipped science labs and find running experiments expensive. But any school with a computer lab can use "virtual labs" to run experiments quickly, easily and without the need for costly materials.
GoLabz.eu offers hundreds of virtual labs that can be used to run STEM experiments for free! Teachers can develop their own digital lessons using graasp.eu following the latest Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) pedagogy, used in the new CBC curriculum.
GO-GA stands for GoLabz Goes Africa and is funded by the EU. The materials were developed for European schools, but are now being used all over the world. While eLimu is running the Kenyan pilot, there are two more in Nigeria and Benin.
How does Inquiry Based Learning support CBC?
The new Competency-Based Curriculum encourages the use of Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) to teach STEM. Each lesson becomes a voyage of discovery that encourages the students to form hypotheses, use communication skills and critical thinking to find out answers, with facilitation from the teacher.
The CBC model for STEM teaching in Kenya uses the 5Es: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. We train teachers in the 5Es and IBL to create curious learners, and show teachers how to use "virtual labs" in their school. If you are interested in finding out more about the project, email our Project Manager, Wairimu Magondu at firstname.lastname@example.org