XXIV Facilitation

Some teachers for the LAN must groom

  The trade’s tricks to them teach

But others must be helped to bloom

  Their full potential reach


There are teachers who’ve never used

  Computers until now

These ones may be left not amused

  When they must now learn how


The first thing that they have to learn

  Is where to find each part

The mouse won’t bite – the screen won’t burn –

  And how to make it start


To use the keyboard is a skill

  Like eating with a spoon

A course of touch typing won’t kill

  This they must master soon


It is important that they know

  The notion of a file

Don’t think – and let your ign’rance show –

  It’s paper in a pile


And once they master this concept

  New files they can create

Work with them – learn to be adept –

  Change and manipulate


And now address word processing

  This shrinks the typing pool

Their own notes type for assessing

  Once they have learnt this tool


Improvement in class lessons can

  With great ease be attained

If PowerPoint fits in the plan

  How teachers now are trained


The class will be more int’resting

  With visual impact

Use picture slides with captioning

  To emphasize each fact


Some mark sheets teachers must maintain

  To track and score progress

While spread sheets can take out the pain

  And minimize the mess


The internet is one good source

  Of things that they should use

So teachers must learn this of course

  To help them as they muse


A balanced view one must maintain

  About the internet

From it one can much knowledge gain

  But that is all you get


Some think that miracles take place

  When schools to it connect

That lights are lit all o’er the space

  Kids’ thinking then correct


The world wide web can only be

  Of a substantial use

If teachers do provide the key

  And content wisely choose


Email can be a vital tool

  To teach the kids to learn

Reading and writing while at school

  A national concern


If learners can not use email

  And thus communicate

They’re forced to leave a paper trail

  With this – must altercate


The teacher must these tools master

  – Email and internet –

Use them each day – become faster –

  Examples thus to set


It therefore makes a lot of sense

  Teach teachers these tools soon

Spare neither effort nor expense

  Feed even with a spoon


The basics they must quickly learn

  This one can not replace

Do not the value of this spurn

  Do lay a solid base


To reach all teachers is a chore

  They are a massive clique

I T some have not used before

  Don’t know a single trick


Experience has shown to date

  What teachers really need

A body warm – a caring mate –

  To bring them up to speed


The training must be face to face

  One needs the human touch

Attention given to each case

  Using a person crutch


Some moan that this task is too vast

  You never will reach all

You can’t catch up – erase the past –

  The trainer pool’s too small


Learn from a distance – now in vogue –

  It’s best – proponents claim –

If you dissent you’re viewed a rogue

  Should drop your head in shame


But how on earth can one propose

  That schools I T must use

To teach I T to all of those

  Who I T do refuse


It’s best to take the middle road

  Adopt a learning blend

And rather use a hybrid mode

  The teachers’ minds to bend


The process starts with face to face

  Until you break the ice

Then move them to the I T space

  Throw in a bit of spice


They will be taught – in course of time –

  Each technical aspect

With effort they will reach their prime

  Earn learners’ full respect


To be computer literate

  Is only a small start

Helps teachers in the lab to fit

  It makes them I T smart


The skill that teachers next must learn

  – They’ll have to concentrate –

Their teaching should at every turn

  With I T integrate


If kids don’t learn the way you teach

  Then teach the way they learn

That means that teachers must not preach

  But take another turn


They must as soon as possible

  Use I T skills to teach

It is then more than probable

  The learners’ minds they’ll reach


To make it easy at the start

  One learning outcome pick

Select software that fits the part

  And see how these two click


More outcomes then add step by step

  Till confidence is gained

In this way one can teachers prep

  Until they are well trained


This is a challenge truly great

  The teaching way much change

I T will this accelerate

  Throughout the subject range


The lab    when it’s well utilized –

  Will make the teachers proud

For I T they’re now energized

  A most productive crowd




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