Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Am luwalaga John Groover. A civil engineer by profession and an educator. I come from Uganda, East Africa.
Am working with Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda.
In 2011, I came to Norway as a teacher exchange at Oslo and Akershus University College.
This morning am sharing with you my personal experiences with digital technology in the area of learning and teaching. Based on the work I have been doing in the two Universities.
At Kyambogo University, I taught concrete technology course unit. Concrete is a form of construction material which can be manufactured in almost all parts of the world.
Concrete is obtained by mixing sand, coarse aggregates, cement and water homogeneously. All concrete ingredients are always tested.
If I may pick out one concrete ingredient say sand.
Then look at one test performed on sand say ‘sieve analysis test’.
Sieve analysis test is performed by grouping together sand particles according to their size ranges using sieves. This can be achieved by shaking the sieves containing the sand particles.
Then after, determining their mass percentages in each size range.
Old way of working
At Kyambogo University, I used to write the teaching notes on papers.
Sometimes dictated the notes to students.
In some cases wrote the notes on the blackboard.
I could also type some notes, print and give them out as handouts..
Or photocopy some information from a textbook and give students to read.
During this period I had handwritten procedures, then turned them into a microsoft word document as seen here.
I had interest in digital technology but did not have an idea on how to integrate it in the classroom. I and the students had access to digital technology devices like computers, phones, TV and projector. The internet bandwidth on campus was very low but one could access internet in internet cafes at a fee.
When I came to Norway, became more interested in integrating digital technology in the classroom.
In summer 2012, I joined LATINA Laboratory; LATINA stands for ‘learning and teaching in a digital world’.
LATINA aims at equipping practical e-learning skills to people for the purpose of integrating digital technology in their daily activities. I continued working with LATINA lab.
Am turning some of the teaching materials into a digitised format.
I turned the previous microsoft word document into a google document as seen here.
And finally turned the same google document into an ebook using free open-source software as seen here.
- Teacher centered
- The locally available digital technology was never used.
Now and after
- Integrating locally available digital technology in the classroom
- Materials created can be used over and over again.
- Sharing of materials can be done on social media
- Work place is for learning.
- Classroom is for sharing experiences.
- Both students and educator are learners.
- Learning is centered Students
In conclusion, integrating digital technology in teaching and learning is a necessity in today’s education system. Many innovations of digital technology software and devices are at our disposal.
As an educator, when it comes to choosing the best devices and software to integrate in the classroom, the needs of students come first.
How do you integrate digital technology in your daily activities?