The Electric Block Kit, solving an Educational Conundrum

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Sammy has a dream of building space ships. His father Paul Asiimwe  has a dream of helping his son reach his loftiest ambitions. This is a scenario that happens in many households in Uganda and Africa at large but one cant help but worry whether our globally connected children have the same shot at life as their counterparts in western and  other industrialized countries. Our education system is antiquated, a relic of colonial times when Africans were trained to become office clerks or factory workers. It is a passive system that puts the teacher rather than the student at the … Read More

Collaboration With American Embassy to Scale STEM Education in Uganda

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Without a doubt , Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) education is what Africa needs to achieve the phenomenal promise of economic success envisaged in this century. As the continent with the youngest population, the future for Africa lies in skilling the young ones with the skills that count in this digitised global economy. STEM skills create economic value through spurring entrepreneurship which creates jobs and the economic prosperity we are all looking forward to as a continent. We together with Yaaka digital learning network, a company that is creating digitised Uganda national curriculum content, are training students either … Read More

TOD Yaaka Computer

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In true 21st century style, The TOD Idea ltd and Multimedia Consult Ltd have collaborated to bring you the TOD Yaaka Computer. According to Multimedia Consult ltd’s Gerald Businge, the TOD Yaaka will provide parents and students with offline access to Uganda  National Curriculum content from nursery  through primary and secondary school. As the needs of society and the skills required to thrive in today’s world have shifted over time, the call to use technology to teach young learners in becoming creators, mathematical and computational thinkers, collaborators, inventors and problem solvers and communicators has not changed. TOD Yaaka computer is … Read More

DigiFit 1.0

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DigiFit 1.0 is a new fitness bracelet by The TOD Idea Ltd. We are out to stick our foot into the digital health solution business by harness the power of technology to help people achieve their health and physical fitness objectives. “The good thing is that non-communicable diseases are easy to prevent. One simply has to change lifestyles, exercise and eat well. The increase in cases of cancer, diabetes, heart diseases especially in urban areas is because people eat too much and do not exercise.” President Museveni while launching the National Physical Activity Day at Kololo Grounds on Sunday, 8th … Read More

Coding Will Improve Your Child’s Writing Abilities

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Coding Will Improve Your Child’s Writing Abilities  The average score for literacy at primary 3, and primary 6 in 2010 was at a low of 47% and 40% respectively. In addition, 60% of the learners in primary  3 and about 70% in primary 6 were below the 50% proficiency level for literacy for their respective grades.(NAPE 2010). By integrating ICTs in education, the TOD Idea Ltd looks to tackle this challenge. In this article, I endeavour to show how coding, a very vital 21st century skill, can improve yet another vital 21st century skill, literacy, with a bias towards creative … 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

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

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

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

The Minecraft Club @ Ark School Naguru

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What is Minecraft? Minecraft is a game that takes place in a 3D World where the player is free to roam and explore. It is called “Minecraft” because it is centered around “mining” for basic materials in the ground and then “crafting” those materials into a wide variety of things (blocks, tools, food, etc.). It is much more open-ended than most games because there usually is no definite objective. There are three ways you can play Minecraft: 1-By yourself on your own computer or tablet – exploring and building by yourself. 2-On a small local server with a group of … Read More