“THROUGH CADIE ICT TRAINING, WE ARE NOW ABLE TO DIGITIZE OUR LESSONS AND TEACH REMOTELY” TEACHER AT NYAGATARE SECONDARY SCHOOL, MARTIN HATANGA SAYS.

American philosopher and education reformer, John Dewey once said “ If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob out children of tomorrow”.

Yes, it is true that education will never change its taste but taste will change the substances through technology in education. It is obvious known that technology is needed in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand  because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through  which  we experience our world. Many students believe that using technology in the classroom will help prepare them for the digital future. These 21st-century skills are essential in order to be successful in this day and age. Jobsthat may not have had a digital component in the past may have one now. Education isn’t just about memorizing facts and vocabulary words, it’s about solving complex problems and being able to collaborate with others in the workforce. There technology in the classroom prepares students for their future and sets them up for this increasingly digital economy.

But having technology in education as the center of future’s expectations and leave alone the process can not help much, that's why technology in education is a process from one step to another. Therefore, if it is that case of process, how far we in integrating ICT in education ?  with the mission of integrating ICT in teaching and learning  among secondary school teachers and strengthen 21st  century  skills in Rwanda, CADIE project have been training teachers in different domains which one would say that it is a continuous process with progress along the way. Trained teachers and Master trainers are living the life of technology in their respective schools with some innovative and creative ideas, which would have not been initiated without CADIE trainings, the sampling of six teachers from different schools in Eastern Province expressed their thoughts about the positive impact of their technological skills in their respective classrooms.

Studies have shown that video learning has positive outcomes on multiple levels, including increased motivation and deeper learning, and can specifically impact students’ ability to facilitate discussions and identify problems. Video can help address this gap in training by giving both general and special education teachers the opportunity to teach students at their own pace. Students can rewatch a video multiple times in order to gain and retain learning material. And captions, for example, enable deaf students to read the video.

The idea of using video in classroom activities and also be uploaded YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/3f047tH ) where students can visit, revisit and revise the lesson learnt in class was introduced by teachers as innovative ways to motivate students. Speaking  to teacher at Nyagatare Secondary School, Mr. Martin Hatanga says: “I was trained by CADIE project in using ICT in my classroom, I feel uplifted and my students are motivated too, I have created my own YouTube channel where I post the lessons for the purpose of helping any student whom might be a slow learner in one way or another, he/she can revisit the lesson on my YouTube channel for more understanding, thanks to CADIE trainings.” He said

Innovation and creativity of Hatanga is not different from the style of Gervais TWAGIRAMUNGU, a teacher at Saint Aloys Rwamagana for him, the ideas of digitizing the content/lessons also facilitate learners to enjoy the lesson: “Look, I have created my own YouTube channel (http://lnnk.in/foa8 ; http://lnnk.in/cwcc ) and initiated the ideas of  pushing the students to create their emails themselves for the purpose of bringing them to world of technology. “ Look,  many of my students have created their emails and I do share notes/lessons to their emails so that they can read or learn at their own pace later, they can also visit the lessons uploaded the my YouTube channel. Before CADIE trainings I was not able to come up with such kind of innovation; trainings have shaped my style of teaching and integrating ICT in my classroom. I know that my students can read my content during holidays from their homes or in weekends when they are in computer lab.”  He said

Biology teacher, Albert Nzayisenga at GS Nyamata Cathorique believed that ICT has changed his way of teaching starting from the preparation of the lesson, during classroom where the research skills was not involve in before CADIE Training; “ Yeah,  now I am able to do research on internet for deep supporting points to my lesson,  and I  use projector in my class, that was not my style before CADIE trainings. When you teach as students watch you are not talking about abstract things, it is real definitely students can observe which makes your work easier I am telling you!”.  He emphasized

In today’s society, students are interested in technology and working with computers and tablets to search for information is now replacing using books and encyclopedias. Therefore, teachers have to adapt their lessons to the current times by introducing ICTs in the classroom with educational purposes to make their lessons more appealing to the learners. It was also observed that the use of ICT tools in class motivate students. ICT tools contribute to high quality lessons since they have potential to increase students’ motivation, connect students to many information sources, support active in-class and out-class learning environment, and let teachers allocate more time for facilitation. Therefore, These technologies increase students motivation, self-confidence and self-esteem to learn and make students feel more responsible for their own independent and active learning . Speaking to Teacher Albert Nzayisenga, the ICT tools are now part of ingredients of the lesson, teachers and students are coping wit ICT tools since there is no other options left looking at education policy  of today; “ Before CADIE trainings we used to teach in archaic method, currently  we are embracing ICT tools, and If you use ICT tools definitely students follow you tentatively and their level of curiosity get boosted too”. He added

Teacher Joseph Haguma at Maryhills School thinks that ICT is becoming an avoidable tool in education, and students  have become to regard ICT as a twin of their teacher; “ I believe that I share this thought with my other fellow teachers at this school, ICT is making a class as place of interaction not give-take place! Sometimes if you forget to use a projector student do remind us, and that is the sign of love they have with ICT tools.” He said.

The global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected not only our health, lives, economies, labor market but also the education sector. The impacts differ per country depending on respective policy responses, education is among different sectors that were deeply affected in Rwanda.  However, ICT has been there to cover up the effects trough different initiatives like using eLearning platforms, YouTube channel, telephone, radio and television as mean of learning and teaching channels. This pandemic was also the triggered teachers to embrace ICT in education with the support gained from CADIE trainings. In his view, a teacher at Nyagatare  SS, Mr. Martin Hatanga says that there was a time teachers were not fully willing to attend CADIE trainings but when the pandemic breaks, everyone was rushing to CADIE; “ I remember sometimes back some teachers were reluctant to attend ICT trainings but during the outbreak of the COVID-19 we all wanted to gain knowledge of integrating ICT in our schools, there was no other weapon left to use  in continue supporting our students except ICT.” He underlined

Teacher Hatanga also believes that the implementation of CBC ( Competency Based Curriculum) is compatible with the use of ICT in classroom, where a teacher is not only the source of knowledge. He also believes that due to the power of ICT in teaching and learning process, CADIE trainings should have been there before CBC implementation. “ There is nothing better than using ICT in classroom, it makes life easier and interact with your students through zoom and teams applications, students also have a wide range of sources of information. We (teachers) do not have monopoly over knowledge.” He added

The magnitude improvements suggest that peer learning may be as important as job experience  in teacher skill development,  it is against this background in which CADIE project has selected and trained the Master Trainers whom train other teachers as the best practices to share the knowledge easily, quickly and efficiently. These Master trainers are doing a tremendous job in their respective schools. Teacher and a master trainer, Mr. Joseph at Maryhills school is proud of the work done by master trainers so far. “ As Master trainer I am proud of my colleagues whom I trained here, I feel happy to see my fellow teachers being comfortable with ICT tools today, it was not easy to train a person from the scratch.” He mentioned

The effective positive impact of Master trainers are also manifesting in GS Nyamata Cathoric in Bugesera district, a master trainer has managed to train his fellow teachers to the extent that some teachers can even create their own blogs! Speaking to teacher Albert Nzayisenga, the ICT trainings prepared by CADIE opened their eyes so that they could se the real world of education, he also believes that peer learning among teachers has boosted the knowledge of teachers in using ICT in classroom. “I know some teachers who own blogs, to be honest with you  that was not something you could think to be owned by a secondary teacher in 10 years back.” He emphasized

The World of change is all around us. In this world of change in every area of human life are posed many questions that are searching for an appropriate response. Yes, it is true as teacher, continuous trainings ensures that you and your knowledge stay relevant and up to date. You are more aware of the changing trends in your profession. The pace of change is probably faster than it’s ever been, and this is a feature of the new normal that we live and work in. If a teacher stands still he/she will get left behind, as the currency of knowledge and skills becomes outdated. It is against this background all teachers and Master trainers wish to have continuous trainings more especially on Moodle app.

English teacher at GS Mayanga A in Bugesera District Niyongira Bruce says: “I have enjoyed the CADIE trainings , I am now on another level of using ICT in my class, but I wish we can have more trainings.” She said

The wish of Bruce is tightly closed to with Martin Hatanga’s wish; “ Even though I am on the level of supporting other teachers but I would also wish to attend more trainings especially on Moodle app system.” He emphasized .

 

 

Teacher at Maryhills school, Mr. Joseph Haguma has cultivated the love of ICT among students

 

ICT skills is now the common dominator at GS Nyamata Cathorique

 

Teachers at GS Saint Aloys Rwamagana, Mr. Gervais TWAGIRAMUNGU using ICT tools in his biology class is no longer the myth

 

Students at GS Mayange A do not fear the pen and paper  of 21st Century

 

Teacher at Nyagatare SC. Mr. Martin HATANGA is confident with ICT skills

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