March 30, 2016 Nairobi
This week three teachers passed their Microsoft Certified Educator certification at Virtual Learning Solutions (VLS), a Certiport authorized testing centre at Riverside Drive in Nairobi.
VLS specializes in training of teachers and students in digital literacy and Teaching with Technology (TwT) with subsequent certification in these global certifications. VLS has plans of certifying teachers across the country using the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) program that provides robust tools that help educators drive best-in-class integration of information and communication technology (ICT) into classroom instruction. Mapped to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Educators, MCE program resources include a free self-assessment, free customized eLearning, and the Technology Literacy for Educators (62-193) certification exam. Each of these learning and validation steps aligns to six key aspects of ICT and pedagogy integration: Education Policy, Curriculum & Assessment, Pedagogy, ICT/Technology Tools, Organization & Administration, and Professional Development.
The Technology Literacy for Educators (62-193) exam does not assess proficiency in using specific technology tools but whether an educator or administrator understands how to assimilate ICT tools into the six content domains listed above. This exam is designed to validate these skills in pre-service and in-service educators.
The three teachers were from schools in Mombasa, Nairobi and Kakamega counties. Mr Robert Opondo is a teacher at The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa who enrolled for the teacher training provided by Microsoft and attended workshops culminating in his certification this week.
Ms Celestine Mwinzi of Mihang’o Primary School, Nairobi also successfully completed her MCE program. Her greatest desire was to learn how to integrate ICT in education, and will now be able to integrate ICT in her teaching and create new knowledge to deepen her leaners understanding of ICT.
Finally, Mr Javan Okwendo of Maturu Primary School, Kakamega learnt about the MCE program through the British Council and where he interacted with a number of staff who mentored him. The MCE certificate is a testimony of his new skills that will show his learners that learning is continuous. Javan is confident that by acquiring the MCE certification his learners will want to emulate his efforts.
Mr Robert Opondo, The Aga
Khan Academy, Mombasa
Ms Celestine Mwinzi, Mihang’o
Primary School, Nairobi
Mr Javan Okwendo, Maturu
Primary School, Kakamega