Dzidzo Inhaka hosts schools e-learning tours in Zimbabwe
Gone are the days when the goal of learning in a class or at a school could be achieved using traditional instruments of learning and study such as the chalkboards, pencils, pens, dusters, hard-copy books and the God-given voice. To successfully execute the agenda of learning in today's class, technology must be an integrated part of the class as it affords the students the opportunity to take an active role as opposed to the traditional methods that kept the students at the receiving end, listening and taking some notes. I think it is after this consideration that Dzidzo Inhaka visual learning company decided to host e-learning tours in Zimbabwe. The following notes and reccords were captured from one of the tours recently held in Harare..
Standing by the recent call for schools to embrace Information Communication Technology through ELearning, the director of Dzidzo Inhaka Audio and Visual Learning, Shepherd Chimururi, urged local schools to embrace the new iBoard Touch Interactive boards.
Some of the participants at the ICT tour said, “Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn best when they are fully engaged, and hands-on learning is one of the best ways to do that."
“With this technology, every child in the classroom has the ability to use the iBoard Touch Interactive board at the same time. For example, advanced touch boards have the ability for students to use their finger and write directly on them.Most of these boards have the separate workspaces so several children can use them at once,” Chimururi said.
He said smart technology offered learners easy access to online resources.
“If you are looking to “Go green,” then here is your chance. iBoard Touch Interactive boards are environmentally friendly because it eliminates the need for any worksheets and papers. There will be no need to photocopy and print a class set of papers. These interactive boards will help the environment in eliminating the tons and tons of wasted paper and ink that are dumped each year,” said Chimururi.
Teachers came from as far as Bulawayo, Guruve, and of course Harare from colleges, primary schools and ECD centres for the Dzidzo Inhaka Audio Visual Learning ICT Drive tour started in Waterfalls, to Great Hope, to Tynwald and ended in Chisipite. Chimururi said some institutions were implementing ICT but many were going the wrong direction.
“The tours come against the background that most Schools say they are implementing e-learning but there are no set standards, whether minimum or maximum, so we brought the schools together to open their eyes on what they will be doing differently from another school, from the schools with less resources to the schools that have resources,” he said.
A local teacher who was part of the tour Mr Edmore Chaka said he was impressed by what he saw especially at under resourced learning instructions. “This tour also helped me personally as I also learned that ICT can be used to learn other subjects as well, subjects like Mathematics and other seemingly difficult subjects but they can be made fun,” said Mr Chaka.
Some of the participants at the ICT tour, iBoard Africa Private Limited Zimbabwe Business Development Manager David Mina said: “The iBoard Interactive board uses Windows 10, it can be used by 10 people interacting at the same time, maybe in a classroom working on group work or any other activities. The board has a 29-year life span and the only thing that can scratch the screen is a diamond.”
Compiled by: Peter Tanyanyiwa
Profiling: Dzidzi Inhaka