St Mary's Outreach decided to provide an
accredited IT learning programme for the Grade 12
learners on the project from Alexandra High
Schools, choosing a suitable course became quite a
challenge. After investigating various options, it
was decided to use the Knowledge Network
Progressive Learning Programme. This offered not
only a comprehensive syllabus with well structured
lessons and assessment projects, but training and
ongoing support for the educators as well.
is a decision which we have not had cause to
came back from their ILAMM
training in January bubbling with enthusiasm and
eager to get started. After ten sessions, this
enthusiasm has not diminished but has instead
grown as they have watched their learners'
knowledge, skill and confidence in the use of
computers grow in leaps and bounds. Many of these
learners had never touched a computer before
joining the Outreach project. Few of the learners
have access to computers at school or in their
homes. Yet, after only one term, they are
producing word documents, creating powerpoint
sildes and getting to grips with spreadsheets.
Their performance in the first skills assessment
project has also been an indication of the
effectiveness of this learning programme.
emphasis on authentic tasks, the flexibility
within the lesson plans, the clarity of the
assessment criteria and untiring support and
encouragement from Knowledge Network staff have
all made this an IT programme that has enriched
both educators and learners on this project. We
would love to see many more learners and educators
from Alexandra benefiting from it.
Academic Co-ordinator: St Mary's Outreach Project