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The Ghanaian education system
today is in a bad state with massive
failures in primary education, the
length of secondary school cycles in
constant flux, and the major
universities altering admissions
procedures and course materials.
However, the overlying conclusion
that can be drawn from all this is that
the Ghanaian Education system today
is woefully inadequate and in need of
immediate reform. Technology, on
the other hand, is rapidly gaining
acceptance in the country and is
proving its benefits to players in the
public and private sector. Here we
examine three ways technology can
transform education in Ghana.
Teaching Methods .Over the world,
the rise of the Internet and the dawn
of the technological age has led to
advances and radical changes in the
way things are done. Education has
not been left out here. Technology
has transformed teaching methods to
make it much easier for students to
grasp concepts quickly. This is
especially true in science education
where videos can be used to help
students visualize forces in physics,
organic structures in biology and
molecular structures in Chemistry.
Universities in this country can make
use of these technologies to improve
science education. Cost may not
even be much of a factor, as there
are several free resources available.
As Mashable reports: ‘The Concord
Consortium, a non-profit organization
that develops technologies for math,
science and engineering education,
has been a leader in developing free,
open source software that teachers
can use to model concepts.’
Globalisation is an oft-talked about
concept that encompasses the
coming together of the various
peoples of the world through
technologies such as the internet and
advances in aviation and
collaboration. In Ghana, the effects of
globalization are very much in
evidence, with many foreign nationals
living and working here. Ghanaians
today do not find it strange to
encounter or work in foreign-owned
businesses or to hear of project
collaboration between the Ghanaian
and a foreign government. It is thus
necessary for the understanding and
appreciation of foreign cultures to be
a part of our educational system.
Many schools around the country
now attach the term ‘International’ to
their names, yet few of these can be
said to be truly international in
respect to having a diverse foreign
student population. The technology
of today such as video-conferencing
facilities and social media can allow
students in classrooms in Ghana to
interact with other students from
around the world and understand
their culture. Today, free Internet
technologies can provide the benefits
of student exchanges without the
cost of actual travel.
Real Work Conditions. One of the
laments of tertiary education
students and businesses around
Ghana today is that the courses
taught them do not adequately
prepare them for working life. In the
area of technology use this is
especially true. Many students first
take basic computing courses when
they arrive in University and current
systems are structured that students
barely need to spend much time in
front of a computer to graduate well.
Accounting students around the
country are often able to graduate
from accounting courses without
gaining proficiency in any accounting
software. Technology should be
integrated in our teaching systems,
allowing our students to familiarize
themselves with the fast paced and
highly demanding tech world at an
early age and for a long period
before entering the job market. These
measures would help our youth to be
better prepared to enter workplaces
where e-mails are the main means of
communication, videoconferences are
frequently held, documents are kept
‘in the cloud’ and the computer use
Most often Ghanaians share the view
that technology is ‘expensive’.
However, the few proposals
discussed here are an example of
some of the technology-driven
improvements that can be made to
our education system at little to no
cost. Today, this nation takes a
serious look at how we can transform
our education systems to dispense
with high rates of failure and inability
of graduates to perform on the
workplace. As shown here,
technology can and should be a part
of any such overhaul to ensure the
youth of Ghana are given the best
possible chance of success in a
Executive, Product Marketing &
There are so many things that are not understood about
We are going to discuss one fact that most people do not
realize: blogs can be used as highly effective educational
tools. They will offer a complete freedom for individuals to
publish web content and will make a classroom a lot better
than it is.
However, this can only happen if blogging is properly utilized.
Everything starts with choosing web builder tutorials and
platform. Based on most professionals, starting a blog is
easier with WordPress so this is what you want to use. Then,
you want to think about the following tips to make blogging a
huge part of the classroom.
Offer Expectations and Guidelines
It is really important that clear expectations and guidelines are
set so that the student can know what to expect. As an
example, you may not allow students to use their photos on a
blog page. You may force the student to get a written
permission from one of the parents in order to allow a blog to
be open. All the guidelines can be updated and published on a
main class blog. That leads by example and allows the
parents and students to see important information about what
is to be done.
Integrate The Classroom Curriculum Into Blogging
You can easily use blogging all across the classroom’s
curriculum. For all topics from history to science, blogging can
take complete literacy.
Improving Writing Skills
One of the big parts of blogging is, of course, writing. As a
blogger you need knowledge about the subject you blog about
and proper writing skills. This is true even if you use blogging
in a math class. Besides talking about blogging and teaching
your subject, you have to teach grammar and writing. In many
situations you can get away with it when you allow 10
minutes per class to cover an important writing related point.
That would make the student a better writer and blogging
would be even more efficient in the classroom.
Discussing And Encouraging Commenting
One of the disregarded but highly important parts of any blog
is the comments section. You want to encourage your
students to learn how to properly comment and how to
properly respond to comments. In this case you can lead by
example. Have a blog with a couple of posts on it and make
the students comment based on the offered criteria. Always
provide feedback about how the student manages his own
comments section so that a better experience can be created.
Always Be Realistic
It is not easy to build a blog. This is something that you have
to take into account. The goals and deadlines need to be
small. As an example, one class can be started off by a focus
on a topic where a student would contribute to a post while
under supervision. Always choose a subject that brings in
passion from the student. As an example, you can encourage
building a blog that talks about endangered species or about
healthy eating. When you have a classroom blog, you can
always take everything one topic at a time. Students have to
build skills and this only happens when they are passionate
about what they write.
Encourage Subscriptions To Other Blogs
You want to read other student and classroom blogs. This
would encourage commenting and would offer great examples
of a blog that is finished and suitable. It can also give you
some ideas about what to write about. In fact, professionals
often read other blogs in order to get new topic ideas.
Always Stay Consistent
Studies show that the future of real estate is bright but only
for those agents that remain consistent. Blogging is exactly
the same. You cannot expect to have a lot of traffic on a blog
if you are not consistent. You want people that come back
and if there are no new posts to see every time they visit,
there is no reason for them to come back.
In blogging you have to keep expanding and building. The
start should be around 1 or 2 posts per week. Blog
submission can be increased gradually when the students
become more comfortable with what is to be done.
Avoid Plagiarism At All Costs
Most students do not know much about plagiarism and do
not understand why it is a bad thing. You have to explain this
as a teacher. It is vital that a student would only contribute
his/her own work. This includes images. Copyright free images
are always a necessity. Do monitor plagiarism and openly talk
about it. Focus on the fact that the student will not learn
anything through classroom blogging if plagiarism appears.
Blogger Networking Should Be Encouraged
You should always encourage global and local collaboration .
This is done by allowing students and encouraging them to
follow other bloggers and student blogs. Keep in mind that it
is a really good idea to allow the student to choose what blog
to follow but a set criteria list should be added in order to aid
with this selection.
Do Not Forget About Social Media
Initially, blogs were a part of social networks. Nowadays, they
are not always connected with running and maintaining a
blog. This is a mistake that many make. You want to always
increase classroom blog membership by using social media
websites like Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. With this
particular part of the promotion, word of mouth stands out as
the most effective promotion method.
Blogging is new in the classroom environment. As with all the
new ventures, a learning curve exists. You need to create a
number of blogs while monitoring the classroom. However,
there is a strong possibility that the students will really enjoy
blogging so patience should not be a huge problem.
Traditional classrooms are changing all around the world.
Since most future careers will require really strong computer
skills, it is a good idea to use classroom blogging. Just make
sure that blogging is fun and creative. Freedom should be
available while taking into account everything else mentioned
The latest WhatsApp update for Android is now available
for download. Developers of WhatsApp has been working
endlessly to provide the best service to their users.
Recently, they released WhatsApp Update 2.12.365 for
Android, which aims to fix bugs and provide several fixes
for the said application.
According to Neurogadget , WhatsApp is releasing two new
updates because of the overwhelming number of reported
bugs by its users. Currently, there is an available WhatsApp
update on Google PlayStore that can be downloaded by its
users. However, they are also trying to improve WhatsApp
2.12.365 version for Android, which will be made available
online but not on their official website.
Despite not having an official statement about the latest
WhatsApp update 2.12.365 for Android, the said update is
known to be smaller in size cutting it from 23.25 MB to
19.87 MB. Features that have been removed were not
revealed, but considering the size, it will probably contain
New features may not even be included as the size is
deemed to be too small. If ever there’s an additional
update, it may have something to do with the option to
back up chats on Google Drive in all platforms and not just
The current WhatsApp Update 2.12.365 is merely an
enhancement of what’s already been previewed on its beta
version. These improvements are all based from user
feedback, which is why the current WhatsApp Update
2.12.365 mostly contains improvement based on what has
been negatively encountered from using the app.
Currently, WhatsApp’s latest updates include the popular
emoji, which shows different emotions coming from
different symbols of animals, fruits, etc. WhatsApp chat
runs on a wireless network, which makes it so popular to
users because of its free call and text messaging feature.
Neurogadget was able to feature the previous version of
WhatsApp, version 2.12.364, which contains a feature that
allows users to save chat history in the Cloud. This was
made available only on selected devices at the time of its
release. With the new WhatsApp update 2.12.365, there
may be a chance that it will be implemented on all devices.
Have you noticed the different changes made by the
WhatsApp update? What do you think has been the most
useful feature of the app since it was created? Comment
below and see what others think of the app.
Mr Warren La Fleur, Microsoft
Regional Education Industry
Manager, says the new Windows 10
operating software would help to
modernise teaching and learning and
empower the student for the world of
He said the Microsoft recognised the
changes in the 21st century world of
work, brought on by fast moving
technology and the need to prepare
and equip students for that work.
Mr La Fleur, who is in charge West,
East, Central Africa and the Indian
Ocean Islands, made the statement at
an event held at the University of
Ghana-Legon, to launch the Windows
10 operating system.
He said Microsoft believed in
contributing to producing students
who can help to start and to keep
companies like Microsoft running.
Mr La Fleur said in line with this
focus, Microsoft had signed an
Education Alliance Agreement with
the University of Ghana, under which
it would provide the University and its
students with free access to
Microsoft Office professional plus
Microsoft also launched a
programme dubbed ‘Teaser Works’; a
learning, employability and re-training
platform that allows both student and
out of school students to explore
employment and retraining
“Through the agreement with
University of Ghana and the Teaser
Works programme, we’re hoping that
more students could be prepared for
the job opportunities that are now
becoming available in the 21st
century which are a bit different from
what there were in the 20th century;
so we can have much more people
becoming employed than graduating
and not being able to find work”.
He said the changes in the world of
work also required that teachers
change the old ways of teaching and
adopt more fun and innovative ways
It also required teachers to be more
productive than they currently were
so they can send more time with
student, he said
Mr La Fleur said the Windows 10
platform provided new ways for
teaching and learning to be delivered
in a more secure way.
He said Microsoft was committed to
working with the relevant
stakeholders in the system to
encourage life-long learning and to
work with policy makers to
understand the need the change the
curricula to make it more relevant
and applicable to the 21st century
world of work”.
Mr Derek Appiah, Microsoft Country
Manager-Ghana, said Windows 10
was the best Windows ever because
it was an integration of the best
features of Windows 7 and 8, giving
it a familiar feel while always
automatically updating itself with new
innovations and security updates.
He said statistics from the
International Data Corporation
showed that one in every three
people who use illegal software will
likely encounter malware and that the
cost of dealing with malware and
cyber-attacks across businesses in
the middle east and Africa amount to
He said Windows 10’s built-in
enterprise grade security was a “real
benefit for those using genuine
The software also offers seamless
access across a broad range of
devices with enabled cloud saving,
allowing users to increase
productivity wherever they were, in or
out of the office or classroom, he
Mr Appiah said the Windows 10
provides a lot of new innovation such
as the new browser Microsoft Edge, a
Personal Digital Assistant called
Cortana as well as other
applications, making it a personal
A lof of you have been hearing a lot of buzz about Twitter and may want to join but don’t know how different it is from Facebook and other Social Media Networks.
In this post i basically describe the basics of Twitter and all the fundamentals for teachers.
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a social network just like Facebook, Google+ and the rest. It is a service for friends, family,
and coworkers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. These messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers , and are searchable on
What’s a Tweet?
Just as we refer to status updates or posts on Facebook, Twitter refers to status updates or posts as tweets. A Tweet is any message posted to Twitter which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. Once you’ve signed up, just type your first Tweet in the update box. Twitter will even count the characters for you! Then you Click the Tweet button to post the update to your profile.
Status updates or Tweets are limited to 140 characters.
Unlike other social networks where you can post more words, Twitter limits posts to 140 characters.
The standard text message
length in most places is 160
characters per message. Twitter reserves 20 characters for people’s names, and the other 140 are for every tweet/post of yours. So you have to be creative in your tweets to be able to say a lot in fewer words.
What is follow?
What does it mean to follow
someone on Twitter?
On Facebook we friend people. On Twitter we follow people. Follow means basically to friend a person. Following someone means you’ve chosen to subscribe to their Twitter updates. When you follow someone, every time they post a new message, it will appear on your Twitter home page, just as updates appear in your newsfeed on Facebook.
How do I find people to follow?
When you create an account, you can search for people by name or @ username, import friends from other networks, or invite friends via email . You can also follow some of the people Twitter will suggest to you automatically.
How do I know who I’m following( who i have friend?)
After you click the ‘Follow’ button on someone’s profile, you’re following them. You can see a list of people you’re following by clicking on the following link on your profile page or on your home page’s sidebar.
How do I know who is following me(who has friend me?)
Twitter sends you notification on from your Twitter mobile app( that is if you download the Twitter Mobile App) any time someone new follows you. Twitter also sends you an email when someone new follows you. You can set up your email preferences to notify you when you have a new follower. The ‘Followers ‘ link on your profile page or home page’s sidebar will also tell you who is following you.
Who reads my updates?
Your followers read your updates/tweets. If your Tweets are public, anyone who runs a search for a keyword in your Tweet may be able to see that message. Your Tweets are public by default; if you’re hesitant to have people you may not know read your
updates, you can protect your Tweets to approve followers and keep your updates out of search.
How can I send updates to Twitter?
You can tweet from twitter.com, from your phone, or from
What’s a Retweet (RT)?
A Retweet is a Tweet that you forward to your followers.
What are Direct Messages (DM)?
Direct Messages are private
messages sent from one Twitter user to other Twitter users; they do not appear in public for anyone else to read. The messages appear in the inbox of the recipient on Twitter. You can start a conversation with anyone who follows you.
What are replies?
If a message begins with @
username, meaning it was directed to another user, it is a reply. Click the Reply button on another person’s Tweet to reply to it. Please note that if your Tweets are protected, users who are not following you will not see your replies or mentions.
What is the difference between a
reply and a Direct Message?
A reply is a public message sent
regardless of follow-ship. Anyone
can view it (if your Tweets are
public). A Direct Message is a private message, and can only be seen by the sender and intended recipients.
What is a Retweet (RT)?
A Retweet is a Tweet that you
forward to your followers. It can be your own tweet or tweets of others.
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