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Teaching Computer Use with a Blackboard

Richard Appiah Akoto is an information and communication technology teacher at a junior high school in Sekyedomase, Ghana. He is teaching students how to use Microsoft Word without a computer. To be precise, he is prepping the students for the national high school admission exams they will soon take. But the rural school does not have computers to practice on. Akoto has his own laptop, but it doesn't use the same features the students will be expected to know.

That written exam relies on students’ ability to remember what is in the syllabus, which has not been updated since its introduction. Last year, only one of his students managed to get an A.

“Definitely those in Accra [Ghana’s capital] will pass the exam because you cannot compare someone who is in front of a computer, who knows what he is doing with the mouse to someone who has not had a feel of a computer mouse before”, says Akoto.

Since the Facebook post with these pictures has gone viral, several individuals and organizations have stepped forward to offer computers -including Microsoft. Read Akoto's story at Quartz Africa. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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