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Using basic tools in MS Word to develop interactive lessons for learner practice: the skill of the ‘new’ African teacher

This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2009 Conference, August 2009, Ghana. In African classrooms, where available, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) should change the way children are taught. Instead of learners using computers as part of instruction, teachers resort to teaching about computers, their applications and how to handle them. The productivity side of computer use in the general content area curriculum is neglected or grossly underdeveloped (Moursund, 1995). Educational technologists, describing what learners should know and be able to do with technology, advocate integrating computer skills into content areas, pointing out that information skills can be integrated effectively when the skills directly relate to the content area curriculum and to classroom assignments (Lorenzen, 2003).

Author:
Peter Brown and Augustus D.Arko
URL:
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Conference:
Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa DETA Conference 2009
Date:
2009
African Teachers    Computers    Educational technologists    ICT    Microsoft word    Technology   

 
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