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TechLit Africa Experience from May 16, 2022

There is a really good meme here.

TechLit Africa Experience from May 13, 2022

We had to pull over and smile 😃

We have been working really hard to find schools that can cover the cost of our labs.

We had gotten a lot of Nos. To the point we thought that @techlitafrica could not be sustainable.

Today we closed our first one!

An 8 year old TechLit Student teaching her mom touch typing.

TechLit Africa Experience from May 4, 2022

It is back to school alright.

TechLit Africa Experience from Apr 25, 2022

In Botswana 🇧🇼. What a beautiful and inspiring country

TechLit Africa Experience from Apr 24, 2022

Next week all our students return to computer classes after a long break!

We’re teaching three things this term:

1. Troubleshooting

2. Internet Skills

3. Self-efficacy

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

- uploading & downloading files

- personal branding (marketing)

- async communication (messaging)

- music production (audio files)

- graphic design (vector images)

TechLit Africa Experience from Apr 15, 2022

Students who are intrinsically motivated are excited to be in class, they're hungry to learn more, and they think about class when they're out of school. Creating intrinsic motivation is like lighting a fire that burns long after class is over.

Effective learning happens when a student is intrinsically motivated. Intrinsic motivation is like doing math problems because you find beauty in universal truth. Extrinsic motivation (the opposite), is like doing math problems because your teacher wants you to know what a polynomial is.

TechLit classes create intrinsically motivated students from day one. The first two weeks of class are spent becoming comfortable and confident at a computer. Kids play games, which makes computer class a fun and social environment, and builds self-confidence and peer-support.

When the novelty of computer class starts to wear off, the magic truly begins. TechLit Africa employs specialists who tour schools lighting the spark of intrinsic motivation everywhere they go.

Specialist educators are passionate role models who are obsessed with one specific skill. Specialists introduce the basics of a specific skill, from music production using a DAW to business lessons using spreadsheets.

The magic of specialties is that students get a role model they can relate to who is successful at whatever they're learning. This is a key to building self-efficacy called "vicarious experience."

When a student goes home from a specialty lesson, they are thinking of a project for the next class. Project-based learning enables students to take ownership. It forces students to plan, reflect, troubleshoot and flex their internet skills.

Specialty projects intrinsically motivate students to complete difficult tasks, which cause "mastery experiences" (another key to building self-efficacy).

TechLit classes are designed to unlock global opportunity. We build troubleshooting, internet skills and self-efficacy because that is what's required to thrive online. The secret to achieving those outcomes is intrinsic motivation.

TechLit Africa Experience from Apr 14, 2022

There are more jobs online than there ever will be locally, and in rural Africa online jobs can easily take you from $4 per day to $8 per hour. TechLit computer classes are designed to unlock the global potential of all the kids in rural Africa.

TechLit classes in primary schools follow a curriculum that is made of three pillars, designed to close the gap between the skills adults in rural Africa have, and the skills required to earn a living online.

1. Troubleshooting

The first pillar of our curriculum is troubleshooting, which falls somewhere between technical debugging and generic problem solving.

When a computer program is not working, how do you fix the problem? When something you've created doesn't solve your problem, is there something in the way, is there something missing, or have you misunderstood the problem?

2. Internet Skills

The second pillar of our curriculum is internet skills, because life online is very different from life in- person.

In-person you trust your neighbor, but online you don't trust any accounts you can't verify. In-person you communicate live over the phone, but online your email might not get an answer for three days.

3. Self-Efficacy

The third pillar of our curriculum is self-efficacy, which is a student's belief in their ability to succeed through their own actions.

Self-efficacy is what enables digital natives to adapt to new technology, learn new skillsTechLit students learn fundamental digital skills to become digital natives and thrive online.ets and follow an unbeaten path. Self-efficacy is what enables students to forge their own path, and set their own example.

#technology #education #socialimpact

TechLit Africa Experience from Apr 13, 2022

Learning to code without a computer is like learning to read without a book.

Computer programming is a more valuable skill now than ever before. Learning to code helps you to understand the modern world, gives you tools to improve your thinking, and is a powerful skill you could add to your career.

Software has eaten the world. Most high-paying jobs depend on some kind of computer program, and many even require some degree of computer programming. Knowing how software works explains so much about modern life.

But understanding software is more than troubleshooting and taking advantage of digital life. Learning to read and write code teaches you intuitive thinking skills like solution composition, contract design and operational complexity.

Practically speaking, learning to code is one of the best skills to learn to improve your career. Even to this day, creating a software solution in most industries can completely change the world. At minimum, coding will empower you to solve otherwise impossible problems and complete tasks in a fraction of the time.

Unfortunately, you cannot learn to code unless you're fairly tech-literate. You will need to know how to use a keyboard well, and you will need to know how to debug software tools well. To learn to code, you will need to know the difference between Windows and MacOS.

If you grew up in a city or a place with a computer in every home, then you are probably ready to learn to code. Kids growing up surrounded by computers and the internet know how to type, and they know how to restart an application. Kids growing up in the city have seen Windows and MacOS.

In Mogotio, Kenya, most kids do not know how to use a keyboard. They do not what to do when a computer program is not working. In Mogotio, kids may reach adulthood without seeing an Apple computer. But computer classes in primary school is an efficient solution to this inequity.

TechLit Africa is opening the door to coding for rural Africa (starting this year in Kenya). Basic digital skills will give them powerful skills to earn a living, especially online. After becoming tech-literate, they will be able to learn to code.

TechLit Africa Experience from Apr 11, 2022

The door to web 3 is closed to many people around the world, but our computer classes are making web 3 possible for students across Kenya.

Web 3 is an exciting new wave of inventions happening on the internet all at once. It includes cryptocurrencies, decentralized autonomous organizations, augmented and virtual reality, and much more.

For many, web 3 is a chance to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society without the flaws of 21st-centry capitalism, corporate hierarchy, and the prejudice that comes from physical differences.

As digital natives, we are ready to take advantage of web 3. We are comfortable in new digital communities, anonymously and with a curated personality. As digital natives, we know how to mange our brand, time and resources. Most importantly, we know how to efficiently use computers, phones and the internet to contribute to society.

Unfortunately, rural Africa is not fully ready to take advantage of web 3. We've learned a lot from other tech-for-good organizations and from our own experience working with adults in rural Kenya. We have seen first-hand the gap between digital natives and those who have not become immersed in technology.

We want to see everyone take part in a more diverse, equitable and inclusive internet. Everyone should have a seat at the table, to take advantage of the global economy. Everyone should get a voice in the global conversation.

TechLit Africa is focused on closing the gap between where rural Africa is now and where it could be. We teach computer classes in primary schools equip kids in rural Africa with digital skills.

By the time TechLit students graduate, they will be prepared for web 3. They will be able to earn money and have a clear voice online. The first step is fundamental tech literacy, which is what we teach in primary schools.

#technology #africa #web3

TechLit Africa Experience from Apr 4, 2022

Our newest friends @davidolujide and @the_understated_poet are doing a 5K everyday in May to raise money for TechLit Africa. They are asking you to join them.

You can cycle, walk or run. You can also fundraise with them. Follow their page @techlitafricafundraiser2022 to show some love

TechLit Africa Experience from Apr 1, 2022

In 2019 we left out jobs in corporate America to find a sustainable solution to poverty.

Our experience as software engineers told us that digital skills could unlock global opportunity, and we had seen how many more used computers are left unused each year.

So we asked ourselves: "What is the best way to address poverty with what we have? How much impact can we create from a used computer?"

Along the way, we realized that by working with kids in primary schools, we could achieve the most impact for each donated computer.

Today, every computer serves 20 students. 8 classes per day, 5 days out of the week, 2 sessions for each kid. That's the formula we use to effectively equip students with digital skills.

Rural africans lack opportunities to make a living, but digital skills provide global opportunity.

What does you company do with old computers? https://techlitafrica.org/toolkits/it-reuse

TechLit Africa Experience from Mar 25, 2022

"TechLit Africa, Thanks for making our future life better than we expected. May our dreams come true" ~ Hussein, 6th Grade, Mogotio, Kenya

TechLit Africa Experience from Mar 24, 2022

There are so many useful things you can do with used laptops, from reusing it in your own home, to giving it to a family in need. Every used laptop that we get into the classroom teaches another 20 students digital skills.

Read more on our website: techlitafrica.org/stories

TechLit Africa Experience from Mar 23, 2022

Here's a how-to guide to extending the life of your old computers.

We need 2,000 computers to reach our goal of 40,000 new students this year.

The IT Reuse Guide is available online here: techlitafrica.org/toolkits/it-reuse

TechLit Africa Experience from Mar 21, 2022

Honored to be one of the speakers at the @forbes Under 30 Summit in Botswana next month.

See you there @majimb.o

TechLit Africa Experience from Mar 20, 2022

@smokingdragonspodcast has been streaming for 37 hours straight 😮, he is planning to do 48 hours! All to raise $5,000 and ship 100 laptops. He is halfway through his goal

Let's show him some love and support. Donate on here, (link in bio) https://tiltify.com/@smokingdragons/gaming-for-techlit-africa/

👉 $40 donation = micro nap,

👉 $30 = 20 jumping jacks

TechLit Africa Experience from Mar 20, 2022

@smokingdragonspodcast has been streaming for 21 hours straight to raise money for TechLit. He planning to stream for 48 hours! His goal is to raise $5,000 and ship 100 computers. That is easily 5 schools and 2,000 kids.

I am really overwhelmed, inspired and just at awe at his generosity. I am so moved by his tenacity that I just want him to reach his goal.

I have one ask, please donate to help him hit his goal. It will mean the world to me, him and the kids we are about to impact. Also a $40 donation gets him to take a micro-nap, a $30 donation he takes a break and does 20 jumping jacks. Here is the link for the donation https://donate.tiltify.com/@smo.../gaming-for-techlit-africa

TechLit Africa Experience from Mar 17, 2022

Sometimes people tell me I’m “too ambitious”. I tend to ignore those people who doubt my team or who tell us we’re thinking too big and I tend to work with people who say, ‘how can I help? What do you need help with, right now.’

Thank you for telling our story @pocintech

We had such a big win this week! Pro Streamer,@smokingdragonspodcast, and his team are doing a fundraiser for us. It kicked off on Monday with Karaoke. Even his mom joined and perform her favorite song.

Tomorrow, SassyDragon, is cooking a Kenyan delicacy, followed by a 48-hour stream. It is such a heartwarming experience watching our newest friends pour their hearts out to support our cause.

Please, show them some love and support and help them hit their goal of providing digital skills to 2,000 kids this year.

You can join their events & make a donation here: https://tiltify.com/@smokingdragons/gaming-for-techlit-africa/