TV and the upcoming holiday

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For many years, actually since 2009, I haven’t had a TV in my house. I just simply did not agree with the widely held “universal truth” that TV is a must have for the children. I prefer that we talk,read or play. I hope I made the right choice. Children are very impressionable and it is important to control what their minds are exposed to. Time spent watching television takes away from important activities such as reading, homework, playing, exercise, family interaction, and social development. While television can entertain, inform, and keep our children company, it may also influence them … Read More

TOD Idea/ ECLOF Uganda Partnership

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It’s a great milestone! It means more teachers will be reached. Our dream of getting ICTs into the classroom will be achieved. On 14th November 2017, ECLOF Uganda agreed to partner with us to help scale the acquisition by teachers of MwalimuTabs,Tablet PCs with Apps, videos and books designed to teach the teacher ICT and how to apply them into the classroom to improve pedagogy. MwalimuTabs are available on hire purchase with a low cost entry of as low as 55,000/= with the repayment period 4 to 8 months depending on the teacher’s income. This flexibility should ensure more teachers … Read More

Meeting Head Teachers of Primary schools in Kampala

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On 20th September 2017, we, at the TOD Idea ltd met the head teachers of both private and government sponsored primary schools in Kampala. This was organised by KCCA’s education and social services secretariat as part of our mutual collaboration in scaling the use of ICTs in primary school education in Kampala and Uganda at large. The Head Teachers were taken through a mock ICT lesson to give them a hands on feel of what their students learn. They were asked to write a word document on Tablet PCs and asked to edit. The exercise was exciting as the Head … Read More

The ICT Sports Day Challenge

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“This ICT Sports Day Challenge is about creating awareness about the urgent need to use ICTs in education in Uganda.” Ms Juliet Namuddu, Director, Education and Social Services, Kampala Capital City Authority   Just as school sports days around the country have incorporated tree planting competition in their day’s activities to bring environmental awareness to the fore so have we the ICT Sports Day Challenge to bring to light the importance of integrating ICTs in education. ICT is the Information and Communication Technologies. “ICTs in Education” means “Teaching and Learning with ICTs” ICTs in education are a 21st century necessity … Read More

My ICT tuned on son!

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I had a conversation today with Amani , my son, that my father would never have dreamt having with me in the 80’s growing up in Kabale, Uganda. I’m going to show the conversation while highlighting the major pros and some concerns that populate the digital world we live in today. Him: ” Taata, do you know that there are wireless chargers these days? Me: “I have heard. How did you find out?” Him: I” was playing my game on the Tablet and a pop up advertising them came up(internet safety) and I followed it”( ICT induced curiosity and research) … Read More

My journey to get ICT in Ugandan Primary Schools so far

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I started the The TOD Idea ltd three years ago for the simple reason that integrating ICTs in education was shown, through extensive research, to better learning outcomes. In Africa,some reports indicated that it reduced truancy. At my home, technology sparked curiosity and engagement in my 10 year old son. He always wanted to know more. But it was not being used in Ugandan schools. At home, technology eas mainly for entertainment and rarely for education. Someone needed to innovate around this. That somebody was me! My name is Mbanda Shyaka from Kabale, Uganda. I am a social entrepreneur and and … Read More

The TOD Idea Family Grows

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Welcoming Pamela Kaboneire ( 4th year Undergrad Computer Engineering, MUK), Collins Muhumuza (Senior 6 Vacist), Prossy Nakimera( Graduate Bsc Information Systems, MUK), Janet Nakato (4th Undergraduate Computer Engineering, MUK) and Walakila John (Undergraduate BCom, MUK) and Lukyamuzi Julius (Graduate Bsc Telecom Engineering, MUK) to our team at The TOD Idea Ltd as our pioneers in the TechKids ICT project. This is group of young motivated people know the scale of our calling; to teach ICT skills to primary school children of Uganda. Such a mammoth task. Requiring Spartan discipline infused with continous self improvement. We continue to dream big. Our … Read More

New Members to our Robot Family!

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Simon Angol, a student in one of our schools in which we run our robotics clubs dreams of working for SpaceX in USA designing and building robots for use on Mars! He craves hands-on application of his knowledge of robotics. In a bid to make our clubs as engaging and interesting as possible, we have added to our repertoire of robots, the Edison Robot and the 17 DOF Bipel Humanoid Robot. The Edison Robot is a floor programmable robot that can be scaled in size by attaching Lego bricks to it and most importantly, using the EdWare software program, can … Read More

Partnership with KCCA to Scale ICT skills in Primary Schools in Kampala

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What an opportunity!KCCA is partnering with TechKids ICT to get primary school children in Kampala learning ICT skills. Under the arrangement penned a few days ago with the Directorate of Education ad Social services, we shall run ICT clubs in 10 schools throughout the 5 divisions of Kampala city. 2 primary schools per division, one government and another private. This is a pilot project meant to test the viability of our initiative to scale ICT skills training in primary schools. We are lowering the cost of entry into these ICT skills training to as low as 20,000/= or 6 USD … Read More

TechKids ICT in Little Bluebells School

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In our quest to get more Ugandan primary school children learning ICT skills, Little Bluebells School in Katale, Seguku,Entebbe Road is collaborating with TechKids ICT. Starting second term, 2017, all children from Nursery through out Primary will be taking classes for IT. As usual, TechKids ICT will provide the computer hardware, software and tutors freeing the school of the need to make heavy investments in the ICT department. Cost is a major impediment for schools that would like to venture into ICT skills training. Building computer labs, stocking them with computers and then maintaining the lot. TechKids ICT takes that … Read More