ITAU to champion creation of school websites and teacher trainings to promote distance learning in the wake of COVID-19

Featured cover Image: ITAU members held an extra evening session during WordCamp Entebbe 2019 to learn more on website development.

Members of the ICT Teachers Association of Uganda (ITAU) are going to support efforts by hundreds of Edify partner schools countrywide to establish websites and start distance learning programs recommended by the Government of Uganda in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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During the state of the nation address by President Museveni on 4th February on the reopening of schools, he said that only 20 percent of the schools population will be at school at a given time to maintain social distancing and avoid the spread of COVID-19. The president emphasized that distance learning will be used to supplement the short time when learners report to school in shifts, as not all classes will be at school at a given time. A website is very important for a school seeking to run distance learning programs because it enhances communication and information sharing between the schools’ parents, students and other stakeholders.

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Last year, ITAU started supporting Edify partner schools by conducting teacher trainings on education technology and eLearning, and also conducted a survey in which it was revealed that most of the schools did not have online presence.

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This year 2021, Edify has reached a partnership with a team from the ICT Teachers Association of Uganda (ITAU) to develop web portals for partner schools at a greatly subsidized cost. ITAU will in addition train selected staff members on how manage the school website to post updates on behalf of the school whenever need arises.

Whereas website development is one of the topics on the O level computer studies curriculum, ITAU has since 2017 been encouraging its members (ICT Teachers) to go beyond just doing it for academic purposes and gain more marketable skills in website development with WordPress software.

Several trainings such as wordcamps, meetups and workshops have been coordinated by ITAU on web development in conjunction with WordPress meetup chapters. We usually encourage our members to attend WordPress trainings in order to learn more on creating modern, efficient websites so as to support their schools in development and management of school websites. Web Development also has a great potential for earning side income.

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According to W3Techs, WordPress is used by over 64% of all the websites with a known content management system, which is over 40% of all websites on the Internet, including those manually coded without a content management system (CMS) historically totaling to over 46 million websites.

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Mukalele Rogers (on laptop) sharing with Members of ITAU who attended lWordCamp Kampala 2019
Stephen Ddumba introducing WordPress to ITAU members at the WordCamp 2019
Stephen Ddumba introducing WordPress to ITAU members at the WordCamp 2019

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New Kolibri-Powered e-learning content repository

A pool of educational digital content developed by teachers in the various schools under the National Association of Christian Schools – Uganda (NACSU) will be easily accessible through a joint eLearning platform at www.nacsu.org, which will also be connected to
each of the school web portals. This is vital as a response to the challenges posed by COVID19; to continuously aid homeschooling for our learners still at home, integrate technology in the learning processes and during times when schools are closed.

Are you Interested in participating in the schools website ITAU Edify project? Register to be part of the ITAU Inspirational Digital Teachers.

Article by Rogers Mukalele,

National Coordinator, ITAU

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