SchoolAdvisor uncovers a new digital training platform to get all your students up to speed while reducing the burden on IT staff. This computer course aims at covering all the necessary computer basics.

With more schools moving to tablets and laptops, IT staff face the challenge of getting all students up to speed with the key basics – without this, the tech is not effective. Pupils come from a variety of backgrounds and there will often be students without computer experience. Some students will be slower to pick things up and some will be missing the key basics – all this puts a strain on the IT teacher. Adding to this, it is also difficult to work out who is up to speed and who is not. Pupils can slip through, causing the problem to compound.

So, how can we tackle these challenges that teachers face when teaching IT and how can we get students up to speed?

We came across a company called Active Digital Education who have designed a computer course called eSkills 4 All.

They say this course can solve these teaching obstacles. SchoolAdvisor chatted to Celeste Katzew of Active Digital Education to find out more about this course and how it can overcome the above-mentioned problems.

Q1: What does the course cover?
A: The course covers operating a PC, Windows, File and Folder Management, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, and Email. All of these are the key component a student needs to understand. It was developed according to the South African Unit Standards, has built-in assessments and has thousands of built-in interactive exercises so that learners can ‘learn-by-doing’.  

Q2: Which pupils should be using it?
A: The great benefit of the course is that it is flexible and can be used across a variety of grades. It can be started from grade 8 – it covers an NQF level 1 to level 4 which equates to high school and beyond. For the more digital savvy schools, it can even be done at a primary school level. The product starts at a “no knowledge” level but because it is modular, also allows the learner to skip to more advanced topics where necessary.

Q3: How would the IT teacher use it and how would this make life easier for him/her?
A: The learning programme will provide the IT teacher with a learning tool that allows the learners to progress at their own pace – so the IT teacher takes the role of a “facilitator” instead of a “teacher”. The learning programme would allow the learners to individually progress through the programme or complete an initial assessment and then only work through the modules they do not know. All the assessments have been built into the course so no extra work required for the IT teacher around testing and marking.

Q4: What does it cost?
There is a license fee per learner of approximately R 350.00 ex VAT, but depending on the proposed plan for usage in the schools, we are considering the option of a School license fee.

Q5: What operating/hardware system does it need and where is it hosted?
A: It can run on the Cloud or it can be installed locally on the network depending on what is easiest for the school.

Q6: How does the ‘NQF levels 1 – 4′ and the ’64 credits towards the full qualification in end-user computing’ apply to schools?
A: The programme links into the NQF qualification which means that when the learner completes school he or she leaves with a “Statement of Credits” from MICT SETA providing credits against the full qualification – this will provide them with a means of proving that they are computer literate when they apply for their first job. They can use this on their CV.


Why we think you should try this computer course

SchoolAdvisor believes this is a powerful tool to help schools get everyone up to speed. We especially like that it works in an offline environment, has built-in assessments, and has thousands of built-in interactive exercises so that learners can ‘learn-by-doing.’ Another great benefit is that learners can work at their own pace.

Want to know how you can get a live demo of eSkills 4 All? Click here to find out more about the course and how you can use it in your school.