ICT education in Ghana.
BlueCrest College, Accra
BlueCrest College in partnership with Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education conducted training workshops on Cloud Computing using Google Apps for the ICT Teachers from various Senior High Schools in Greater Accra, Ashanti and Northern Region.
The Accra leg of workshop was inaugurated by Mrs. Felicia Boakye-Yiadom, Regional Director, Ghana Education Service, Greater Accra region. She welcomed & requested all the participants to make the best utilization of the workshop and muster skills which will enhance their productivity at work and also suggested them to pass the same knowledge to their students and colleagues. She appreciated BlueCrest College for their initiative towards technology diffusion to teachers & their contribution towards the welfare of ICT Education in Ghana.
Mr. Vivek Verma, Director-BlueCrest College, stated that this hands-on workshop is a continued commitment of the institution to create awareness about the new development in field of Information and Communication Technology. He even highlighted the importance of cloud infrastructure for education and how it manages the execution of a variety of scientific workflows. He explained the importance of information which is accessible anywhere, anytime made available in cloud.
First phase of workshop for ICT Heads & Teachers of SHS across Greater Accra region was conducted on 10th & 11th July 2015 at BlueCrest Accra Campus followed by Ashanti Region on 24th & 25th July in Kumasi. Workshops for Northern Region in Tamale will be conducted on 7th & 8th August 2015.
Participants in the workshop were trained on how best they can use cloud computing for education. Content of the workshop included fundamentals of cloud computing and how it differs from traditional computing technologies with its architecture. They also practiced lot of exercises on Google Office products like Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and sites. ICT Teachers were also introduced to Google Apps in education delivery.
Prof. E. Balamurugan, conducted the workshop for ICT teachers in Accra and Kumasi. Prof. Balamurugan has more than three years of experience in training students and professionals on Google products, mainly in the field of effective education delivery. He has spearheaded many projects in his previous university on integration of Google Classroom in academic delivery and assessment. Prof. Balamurugan holds an M.Phil. and MSc. In Computer Science and is pursuing PhD. in Enhanced Document Classification Technique using Extreme Learning Machine Classifier with Fuzzy Unsharp Marking Scheme. He has more than 25 publications under his name in various fields of ICT and is associated with BlueCrest College as Associate Dean (Academics).
Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) of BlueCrest College is responsible for conducting hands on workshops on latest ICT technologies across the country. CCPD has trained more than 500 trainees (both students and professionals) in technologies such as Cloud Computing using Google Apps, Ethical Hacking and 3D Gaming.
Workshop conducted at BlueCrest College Accra, Kumasi and Tamale Campuses was successfully able to bring together 120 ICT Heads & Teachers of Senior Secondary school of various institutions across the three regions. Management of BlueCrest College embraces the support received from the authorities for smooth execution of this workshop and pledged to carry forward the legacy of quality ICT education in Ghana and Sub Saharan Africa.
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