Our school hosted the seminar on the 16th of September, 2016, attended by the few other showcase schools in Kenya.
Our Principal, Immaculate Musambai, opened the program by welcoming our guests and bringing out what is most essential when it comes to ICT in education, “We as teachers cannot teach the way we were taught,” she said.
It was an honour to have as the keynote speaker, Mr. John Temba, Head of ICT in Education at the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Mr. Temba spoke on the shift from analog to digital, and how it only was seen as a reality when it actually happened; those not in tune with the changes were “shaken” by it. Mr. Temba also spoke on the Ministry’s commitment to the digitization of Kenya. He highlighted the need to equip not only the students but also the educators because the evolution of technology, “will not sympathize with you based on your age.” Mr. Temba therefore emphasized that embracing technology was not about the difficulty but about our mindsets and our way of thinking.
Mr. Phil Oduor, Microsoft Education Programs Manager for East and Southern Africa echoed Mr. Temba’s words that teachers need to be able to teach using technology and that Education as a sector should not be left out amid the global technological advances.
Phil moderated the seminar and introduced Teresa Mbagaya, Microsoft Education Lead in Central and Southern Africa. In 2015, she was named one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes Magazine.
Teresa gave an informative and powerful presentation. We came to know of the statistic that 65% of class 1 students will be in jobs that do not exist today. Currently, about 50% of jobs require tech, but in a decade that number will rise to 77%.
Teresa abbreviated what Microsoft alongside stakeholders targeted as their vision in the Education sector:
- To come up with solutions hence transforming education;
- To empower the student in that they don’t have to rely solely on teachers and text books;
- Supporting the educators by providing better teaching tools;
- Empowering schools and communities by collecting data.
Following this eye- opening introduction, the representatives from the various schools had an interactive session at one of Makini Schools’ computer laboratories where they had an over view of the various Microsoft programs used in Education. To mention a few:
- Microsoft Imagine Academy and Certifications
- Collaborating using OneNote class notebooks and staff notebooks
- Content creation using Office Mix
- Sway your students using Microsoft Sway
- 21st Century Lesson design
- Devices in education
- Microsoft Educator Community and the MiEE program.
The team concluded by discussing the next step for the showcase schools.
The Makini community would like to extend a warm thank you to all the guests who attended this seminar, to our Head of IT, Benjamin Mukeku and Head of Digital Innovations Vincent Omondi, for their initiatives in integrating ICT in Education.