Kathy McCabe, Khanya Facilitator
Having spent 14 years in England, working with children
in voluntary organisations and teaching, I was involved
in the development of ICT in British primary schools.
I trained teachers in schools across three counties,
helping them integrate ICT into the curriculum. But I
had left my heart in South Africa, and it was wonderful
to return here at the beginning of 2003.
As a Khanya facilitator I am able to draw on my
international experience and apply the skills I have learnt. It?s incredibly rewarding to help educators harness the power of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
At present, I conduct weekly or bi-weekly training sessions
for well over 300 educators
in almost 20 schools.
also begun developing
computerised talking stories
to aid reading acquisition.
I'm passionate about these
stories. They have a very
South African content, with
illustrations and story lines that
local children can relate to.
Used in conjunction with hard copies, these readers have
already been used successfully in pilot schools. I would
like to see them translated into other languages, thus
enabling learners to switch between the languages and
voices at the click of a mouse.
I believe we are incredibly fortunate to live at this
moment in history. Our generation will be remembered
in much the same way as we remember the Industrial
Revolution - a time of immense change, social upheaval
and progress. South Africans today are more open to
change than many other societies. We are speeding at full
throttle through a transition that has amazed the world. We
no longer have old, set ideas to hold us back.
In this new territory it's possible to feel sometimes
that we don't have solid ground under our feet. There
are so many challenges facing education. But it is
also a wonderful opportunity. The rapid development of
technology is opening up so many new possibilities.
I have great respect for the many committed, dedicated
teachers I have come to know over the past two and a
half years. Technology is taking all of us on a new journey.
It opens up a whole new dimension to education and
enables us to explore possibilities that we are only just
beginning to discover.