Building 21st Century Skills Through ICT-integrated Teaching in South Africa with Adobe and Cadence
From April 10-21, 2018, Team4Tech volunteers from Adobe and Cadence Design Systems continued the work started by previous Team4Tech volunteer groups – the most recent of which being a team from both Adobe and Autodesk. This 2018 group’s goals will be further train the teachers in two schools in the Kayamandi Township near Stellenbosch, 20 miles outside of Cape Town, South Africa. Kayamandi’s 35,000 residents live in an area of informal housing and historically have had low economic and educational opportunities.
In this fourth project in partnership with the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to bridge material and cultural divides, volunteers expanded on previous trainings designed to deepen teachers’ digital literacy skills and increase their ability to build 21st century skills in their students through ed tech integration in the classrooms. The volunteers led professional development trainings and coaching sessions with teachers, suggesting and modelling more project-based activities in the newly re-organized 21st Century Learning Lab. By integrating such activities into daily instruction, the teachers will foster 21st century skills in their students.
In addition, the volunteers from Adobe and Cadence helped Makupula Secondary School in its capacity as a Western Cape eLearning Game Changer Enhanced School to showcase its integration of technology into their curriculum for other regional schools and educational organizations.