Teacher Training & Maker Activities in South Africa with Adobe and Autodesk
From May 1-12, 2017, Team4Tech volunteers from Adobe and Autodesk continued building capacity to provide high quality education 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 third project in partnership with the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to bridge material and cultural divides, volunteers worked to deepen teachers’ digital literacy skills and increase ed tech integration in the classrooms of Makupula High School. The volunteers lad professional development trainings and coaching sessions with teachers, suggesting and modelling more project-based activities which foster 21st century skills. In addition, they worked with the teachers to create activities in their newly re-organized 21st Century Learning Lab and integrate them into daily instruction.
At the Vision Afrika Primary School, the volunteers scoped and piloted the integration of hands-on, STEM-based learning activities in the kindergarten through Grade 3 classrooms. They adapted makerspace tools and activities to pilot a “mobile classroom,” which will make it easy for teachers to move hands-on learning projects from room to room. This project was capped with an interactive all-school Tech Day event.