THE PASSION I HAVE FOR ICT HAS MADE ME A CHANGE MAKER , DIGITAL CITIZEN AND A GLOBAL EDUCATOR

UCHE LINN
Posted April 27, 2019 from Nigeria
Mrs. Uche Linda Okpala
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Master Trainer, Skype Master Teacher, Nigeria,
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Skype session: Skype Session with Mio Horio, Top 50 Global Teacher Prize, Varkey Teacher Ambassador, Japan. (1/13)

          My name is Uche Linda Okpala (Mrs.) I had my first degree in Banking/Finance. but am always so passionate about Technology. so during my compulsory National youth Service corps in Nigeria, that was when my love for Technology  sprung out. My cousin borrowed  me his Laptop which i used to explored a lot of stuff and learnt many things, it became a source of income to me because i was using for business to select both Mp3 formats, Videos and films in peoples Mp3 players, PSP, Mobile and laptops.

          This is how my journey into ICT world started. I developed myself more on the New Technologies. I got a teaching job in Accounting department, but it happened that the  school in question has over 50 desktop computers which were in the state of redundancy  because they don't have a competent Teachers to be using at the moment, i didn't allow that opportunity  to pass me by, so i discussed with the management about how we could put those system in use, and furthermore, they were computing student's results manually, i told them that we are in the era of technology that we have to move with it, I was so fortunate that  R.Y Audu (JP) the former principal of Federal Government College Daura, Katsina state Nigeria agreed to my proposal and that was how the entire college changed from Manual students results to computerized results. I really overworked myself up to see the positive change in that school, Glory be to God, the story has become history now.

MY CHALLENGES:

1. Having to convinced parents to allow their wards to participate fully in the ICT learning activities (Some sees it as a Sin because of their beliefs and religion)

2.  Non-stability of power and Internet/data subscription 

3. Lack of ICT Gadgets (Projectors, Screens, External backup batteries, Microphone and speakers) 

My Achievements so far:

1. Am now the  Head of ICT, i trained both students and the Teachers on the use of ICT

2. I created a Database of school, computerized students results, The students can access their results online and we equally have a school website.

3. Am now a Microsoft Innovative Educator  Expert, Skype Master Teacher and a Master Trainer 

4. I integrated with the new Technologies and Incorporated them into the classroom

5. I trained students, Teachers and youths on how to become a Digital and Global citizens

6. I trained Teachers, students, schools, Individuals on how to incorporate Technologies in their classrooms by using: Code builders, Minecraft in Education, Microbits to make Teaching and learning environments to become more more fun and interesting. 

7. I engaged my students with Global projects, they participated and executed a projects which centered on  STE(A)M, Problem base Learning (PBL), Sustainable development Goals  (SDGs)  

 8.    In 2014, the school nominated me to be among the Teachers that would be qualify to teach Computer science in the Federal colleges sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education  for a Computer professional courses, Training and Exams. I passed the Exams and am now a member of Computer Professional council of Nigeria.

9.     In March 2019,  I was among the (80) Eighty Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts from Middle East Africa who won a scholarship to attend annual Microsoft Education Exchange in  Paris - France from 1st - 5th April, 2019.

10. Am now a change maker, ICT advocate and campaigner, a Global Educator, established Digital Girls club in my school.

ICT is the way forward! I have a platform where i teach about Cultural exchange via Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

My mission as a Teacher in ICT world is to inculcate 21st century learning skills into my learners, to empower, inspire, Motivates my  learners to have enthusiastic attitude towards teaching and learning environment, to have a technological drive for them to become a member of  work force, Digital and Global citizens, to collaborates, Communicates, to be creative, critical thinkers and to become a   problem solvers among their peer groups.

Thank you World pulse for this opportunity to amplify my voice to the world.

This story was submitted in response to Girls in ICT Day.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 27
Apr 27

Hi there Uche,

Thanks for sharing your very inspiring story and ICT accolades, as well as amazing photos, too! I agree that ICT is the way forward, and you're definitely proving every day!

Hope you're having a great day!

UCHE LINN
Apr 27
Apr 27

Thank you so much Jlanghus for your awesome compliment! Together we can make a huge difference in ICT World!
Thanks for reaching out dear!

Jill Langhus
Apr 28
Apr 28

You're very welcome, dear. Yes! For sure.

Hope you're having a great weekend:-)

Nana Amponsah
Apr 28
Apr 28

I love this. Good job and keep soaring.

UCHE LINN
Apr 28
Apr 28

Thank you so much Nana! hope to collaborate with you?

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 28
Apr 28

Hi Uche,
Wow! Your story is like a jog up a mountain, only with the strength and determination to keep going and continue to leap higher and higher. Congratulations on what you have been accomplishing and what you have been sharing with so many along the way. I am inspired!

UCHE LINN
Apr 28
Apr 28

Thank you so much Tama! I am motivated too and ready to take the bull by the horn!
Together we can make an awesome difference in ICT world!

Seka
Apr 29
Apr 29

Bravo dear Uche,
C'est incroyable de voir tes réalisations avec les TIC. Comment as-tu pu devenir un expert sans avoir appris les sciences de l'ordinateur au banc de l'école? Tu dois être une génie pour le faire hein! Bonne chose et bon courage et tu feras plus d'exploits! Que j'aurais aimé être ton élève!
Sois bénie
Seka

UCHE LINN
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thanks dear!
Though I didn't get all you have said!

Seka
May 02
May 02

Congratulations dear Uche
It's amazing to see your accomplishments with ICT. How did you become an expert without learning computer science at school? You must be a genius to do it huh! Good thing and good luck and you will do more exploits! That I would have loved to be your pupil!
Be blessed

Hello, Uche,

Wow! I'm so impressed with all your achievements considering you had a different college degree. You are an inspiration, and I'm so proud of you for using your ICT knowledge to empower your school staff and students. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing!