“Giving people a skill that they have never been exposed to before is so rewarding and I am grateful for having been given that opportunity.”
The gift of technology
Lerato Marcia, an intern at the Alberton Teachers Development Centre was touched by the impact technology skills had on the lives of those attended her training sessions.
An IT graduate from Boston City Campus, Lerato Marcia says that the highlight of her internship experience at the teacher development centre in Alberton, south of Johannesburg, was seeing the immediate impact the training had on the teacher’s lives.
“The pride and excitement on their faces when learning and mastering a new skill on Word was a deﬁ nite highlight. Getting feedback on how the teachers had incorporated their new found skills into their work was a true joy,” says Lerato.
“Knowing I had made a teacher’s job lighter was a heartfelt experience, especially knowing the impact that it would have on their teaching and family time,” she adds.
Lerato feels that while the Microsoft Educator Community is a great platform for teachers to expand their knowledge of Microsoft products, there is a gap that needs to be bridged in order for them to fully beneﬁ t from the programme.
“Due to the fact that most of them are still new to computer technology and still need to work out the basics such as how to use a mouse, its going to take a great deal of work to get our teachers to take full advantage of the Microsoft offering.”
Lerato encouraged the teachers she interacted with to send young people to the centre in the mornings to make use of the e-learning opportunity.
“The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum has really helped young people that did not have any basic computer knowledge with the skills they need when looking for jobs. Giving people a skill that they have never been exposed to before is so rewarding and I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to do so.”