A teacher in Ghana has gained global attention for his unique method of teaching “Information and Communications Technology” with nothing more than a chalkboard and some chalk. Owura Kwadwo, who is originally from Kumasi, Ghana, wanted to help his students get familiar with the look and function of a computer, but, unfortunately, his school could not afford one. So Kwadwo used the resources he had, including a background in visual arts, to give the students the next best thing by drawing a perfect copy of a blank Microsoft Word document on a chalkboard.
Kwadwo’s recreation of a blank Word Document is impressive on first blush, but even more astonishing when you see just how much detail he put into making it as authentic as possible. He included every feature you would find in a Word Document and even includes an explanation of what each part of the document does to help students really grasp how it would work. Kwadwo says he hopes that by allowing students to see what MS Word looks like, they will be prepared for when they have the opportunity to use it on a real computer.
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On a purely technical level, Kwadwo’s work is impressive but his unconventional method is also an effective way to help his students grasp the basics of Microsoft Word and computers in general. In the 21st Century, understanding how to use technology is every bit as essential to a quality education as math, science, or history but many students lack the resources to access and use technology on a regular basis, which is why Kwadwo is willing to put in this level of work to replicate a Word Document.
“I do it to make my students understand what I‘m teaching,” he said. “At least to give a picture of what they will see assuming they were behind a computer.”