A total of 18 teachers from different secondary schools recently participated in a two-day Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) workshop organized by the College of Computing and Information Science (CoCIS) at the College last week.
The workshop, according to the CH4HS coordinator, Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa, was aimed at improving the teaching of Computer Sciences in high schools by equipping the teachers with new skills and sharing with them innovative teaching trends. Ã¢‚¬Å“The recent introduction of computer studies at Ã¢‚¬ËœAÃ¢‚¬„¢ Level, necessitates a need to pedagogically equip the teachers with skills to implement the teaching of this new subject,Ã¢‚¬ he added.
The teachers were trained on the fundamentals of Computer Science, development of simple android mobile phone applications and new tools of teaching IT in schools among others. This workshop also gives computer science teachers an opportunity to create and be part of an online networking platform where the teachers together with the administrators from CIT can share resources, tools and new trends.
Dr. Kanagwa hopes they can work together with the teachers and officials from the Ministry of Education and the National Curriculum Development Center to develop standard teaching materials like laboratory manuals and also contribute to the Ã¢‚¬ËœAÃ¢‚¬„¢ Level computer science curriculum.
Speaking during the handover of certificates to the teachers, Dr, Josephine Nabukenya, the dean CIT, noted that the School was ready to work with the government to integrate ICT as a subject and also a teaching tool to enhance effective learning among the students. Ã¢‚¬Å“With an online platform, we shall further collaborate, communicate and engage the teachers,Ã¢‚¬ she added.
Dorothy Tulina, a teacher at Trinity College Nabbingo thanked the College for this training opportunity which has enabled her learn new skills that would be beneficial to her students.
Google provided a grant of $5,000 for the workshop.