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No Computers in the Classroom? No Problem: Teacher in Ghana Draws Out a Microsoft Word on the Blackboard

Can you teach students how to use a computer without having any computer in the classroom?

Richard Appiah Akoto (aka "Owura Kwadwo Hottish" on Facebook), a teacher in Ghana, didn't let the lack of computers in the classroom stop him from teaching his students.

As old tech is better than no tech, Akoto decided to draw the features of a Microsoft Word window on a blackboard using multi-colored chalk. When Akoto posted photos of this on Facebook, the post went viral.

NPR's Malaka Gharib has the story and interview with Akoto:

Why didn't you just teach them on a computer?
There is no computer and I had no choice but to draw for them.
What else do you teach besides Microsoft Word?
We teach them the basics, like turning on and off the computer, components of the personal computer and creating folders.
And you do that all on the chalkboard!
When your students actually see a real computer are they able to take what you've learned from the chalkboard and apply it to real life?
Yes, but not with ease. They sometimes fumble behind the real computers. [Teaching with a real computer] would be easier for them.

(Image: Richard Appiah Akoto/Facebook)

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