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Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Student trains teachers in digital teaching

PIONEER: Rushaad White, a Bachelor of Education: Honours student who also teaches at Atlantis Secondary School trained his colleagues to use Zoom for teaching purposes. PIONEER: Rushaad White, a Bachelor of Education: Honours student who also teaches at Atlantis Secondary School trained his colleagues to use Zoom for teaching purposes.

Learners at Atlantis Secondary School are reaping the benefits after a Bachelor of Education: Honours student trained the teachers how to use the Zoom application to stream classes.

Rushaad White also arranged data through Vodacom, where he works part -time and sponsors data through his own personal hotspot.

“Firstly, the plan was an abstract one and with the support of my fellow colleagues, it was put into practice,” says Rushaad. “I was mainly motivated by the fact that I was equipped with the necessary technological skills during my undergraduate studies at CPUT but hardly ever applied it.”

He saw the current situation that education is facing as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and turned it into an opportunity to offer the training to help his colleagues to be able to teach learners during this difficult time.

During the training sessions facilitated in the school’s computer lab, he made use of only a projector, interactive whiteboard, a laptop or smartphone, and data to access the Zoom application.

He adds that the school has shown determination in implementing this type of 'physical online schooling'. “There is  daily streaming that is scheduled on the timetable and it is showing major progress, although we do have a lack of infrastructure such as projectors, devices and data,” adds the tenacious recently-qualified teacher.

The Western Cape Education Department‘s Deputy Director-General: Curriculum and Assessment Management, Peter Beets,  has shown a great deal of interest in Rushaad’s initiative and the department is considering rolling it out to other schools.

“Personally, this is not about myself and the department,” he continues. “I represent an institution as well as the school-going learners of South Africa, I feel that traditional teaching has outlived its purpose and it should be revolutionised to the relevant context of the world.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.