Category Archives: Kenya

“I have trained over 1000 teachers.” – Simon Kiteme, Kenya

Simon Kiteme
Head of Science Department
Kwa Ngindu Secondary/TSC
Kenya, Africa

It can be easy to take today’s sophisticated classroom technology for granted. But when an internet connection isn’t a given and teachers haven’t yet embraced technology, school leaders must be extra-creative.

For Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Simon Kiteme, that meant becoming the first East/Central African educator to take — and pass — the Microsoft Certified Educator training. And once he became certified, Kiteme helped his fellow educators learn how to use technology to support student learning and success.… Visit the author's original post

It Starts With You…You Are The Change – Joe Lemaron, Africa

“My greatest dream for education would be that students will move away from being just consumers of information, but become problem solvers, innovators, producers, global citizens,” says Joe Lemaron.To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 17, 2012.

Lemaron is putting his dream into action. As project manager for a joint British Council and Microsoft ICT in Learning project, Lemaron manages “Badiliko,” the Swahili word that means shift/change.… Visit the author's original post

Global Service Learning

While at ISTE last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Greenberg, who interviewed me for his Brainwaves Video Anthology series. Bob seeks out "thinkers, dreamers, and innovators; some of the brightest minds in education" and seeks to record their stories to help inspire other teachers.  It was an honor to be chosen by Bob to be a part of this project.  Below is my 4 minute talk about the power that global service learning has had on our students at the Wallenpaupack South Elementary School.… Visit the author's original post

Creating Lasting Education Transformation in Africa – Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria

If there is one thing that the Microsoft Global Forum – held earlier this year in Dubai – has shown us, it’s that there is power when great minds come together to collaborate and learn from one another.

For the three African educators featured today – Hannington Ochieng, Chole Richards and Olalekan Adeeko – technology in the classroom is both a necessity and a challenge. It was in this spirit that these incredible Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts recently spoke with us about the state of technology in their classrooms, how they are overcoming struggles, and their hopes for the future of education.… Visit the author's original post

Adventures in Kenya Series – Day 9 – From Mukuyuni to Nakuru

We slept in today.  My alarm didn't go off until 6:30AM. After a quick breakfast of andazi and Kenyan Tea, we left the Mount Crest Hotel.  Along the way to HIP Academy, we stopped a few places. First, we stopped at the local Coca-Cola depot to buy a case of soda.  Then, we stopped at the Obama Supermarket to pick up some lolipops and to take a picture. Finally, we stopped at a small school supplies shop in Mukuyuni where I bought all their crayons, some notebooks, paper, pencils, and poster paper for the kids at school with money that was donated by friends and family back home.… Visit the author's original post

Adventures in Kenya Series – Days 7/8 – Out of the Mara, On to Kimilili

I'm running out of superlatives to describe my days.

 Yesterday was...

I'll just show you with pictures. I started the day with an sunrise game drive where we saw a whole pride of lions hanging around some termite mounds, and a whole lot more. Here are just a few of the hundreds of pictures I took.  I took more than 1000 pictures in my 30 hours in Masai Mara.

Then, I had a quick breakfast and headed back out on a game drive with a stop at a Masai Village to learn about Masai culture.… Visit the author's original post

Adventures in Kenya Series – Day 5 – Project LINC

It's had to believe that I've only been here a few days. I've been so busy that it seems like months. Today was another day packed with awesome.


I started the day by walking to Havilla Childrens Center again with Livingstone. I used the GoPro camera and head mount that I have to record the walk to the school. I'll be posting that to YouTube along with many other videos when I get back home.  I had to bring extra camera equipments today because my mission today was to document everything I could as the water filters for which our Wallenpaupack students, the children in the Andover Middle School, and students in Trikala, Greece had spent the past few months raising money were installed and distributed.… Visit the author's original post

Adventures in Kenya Series – Day 4 – Cheery Children Education Centre

There is so much to tell about that happened today. I hope I can remember it all.

The day started with a drive into the Kibera Slum. After a short 200 foot walk, Tracy Hansen and Kyrsha from NGGE, Livinstone, and me came to the Cheery Children Education Center. Livingstone had previously taught here, and Tracy has spent a lot of time with these children, both in person during the past month and virtually where she has been teaching them via Skype.… Visit the author's original post

Adventures in Kenya Series – Less than a Week to Go

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Last spring I applied for and was approved to receive the Helen Villaume Education Enrichment Grant from the John and Helen Villaume Foundation.  My proposal had three goals: to develop a Distance Teaching Project collaboration between our students and children in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi, to travel to Kenya to document the benefits of peer-teaching service projects, and to present the project and documentation at ISTE and other conferences afterward.  The Distance Teaching Project has since grown to include schools in China, India, Venezuela, France, and around the United States.… Visit the author's original post

Kindergarteners Travel to Kenya via Skype to Learn about Gardening

As a continuation of the South Elementary Farm-to-Table project that has been going on this year (below is a picture of the green earth that Mrs. Conklin and our students created as part of that project), our kindergarten students took a virtual field trip via Skype to the Mitahato Teaching Farm in Kiambu, Kenya to learn about sustainable farming. The Mitahato Farm is a location where rural Kenyan communities and schools can come to learn how to use their land to produce organic food.… Visit the author's original post

Global Holiday Song Exchange Skype-a-Thon

Yesterday the students at the South Elementary got to experience one of the great joys of the holiday season – music from around the world.  Through Skype, our students took part in seven different group calls that allowed them to exchange holiday songs with students from five different continents.

The planning of the project over the past 2 weeks was done with the help of a lesson posted on the Skype in the Classroom website.  We asked for classrooms in other locations to contact us if they wished to participate.  … Visit the author's original post

5th Grade Global Connections

As part of an ongoing drive to learn about the geography and culture in locations around the globe, Mrs. Lavoy’s 5th graders have been involved in some really awesome projects.

Both sections are participating the October Skype Global Video Message Exchange along with students and schools from 6 continents.  Each week in October, a new question is asked about the participants’ locations.  Each participating class then needs to answer with a video message.  Responses are available for all the participating classes so that everybody can learn from each other.… Visit the author's original post