Challenge Statement

Many students enrolled for Computer Application Technology as a subject face challenges due to lack of exposure and real-time functionality of technology. In addition, the opportunities that exist with digital skills in the workforce sector goes under-appreciated due to inadequate insight of the digital world from High School students. They perceive the CAT subject as a replacement option for difficult subjects. Also, universities, have not established the CAT subject as part of the scoring entrance for a student. This results in students who wish to enter university not to choose CAT as a subject. The challenges alluded in the report is of great concern to Genesis CITI; as the Executive Director, Llewellyn Scholtz, was a CAT Teacher for 10 years and became an educational entrepreneur, now managing digital projects for the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The concern gave birth to a Digital Winter School in 2017 where students from disadvantage communities can partake to enhance their digital skills outside of the classroom.

Digital Spring School 2018

 Facilitator Feedback of the Project

Microsoft Office Specialist Facilitator (Tharwat Abrams & Nigel Johannes)
  • The facilitation of MOS Word 2013 went over and above exceptionally well even though students had to settle in on the first day and try to understand the terminology used in the MS Office Word industry on an international level.
  • Students had a great understanding of navigating their way in the Microsoft Office Word 2013 programme even though they lacked understanding of terminology used, e.g. they knew how to insert a footnote or headers and footers but could not define it.
  • Through in-depth explanations and examples by the facilitator they had a better understanding and an increased knowledge of the program’s tools and purpose which also made facilitation and class engagement much better on the second day.
  • The knowledge and understanding that the students already had and the knowledge and understanding they obtained during the program were both accelerators towards the success and completion of the project.
  • Students were quite excited and open for learning. Everybody participated extremely well which played a big role in the success of the program.

Key Findings of the Project

The key findings discovered throughout the project are as follows:

  • Many struggled with certain tools in MS Word such as locating the SmartArt feature, inserting breaks, conversion of table-to-text and text-to-table on Day 1.
  • Overall students struggled with key terminologies to follow instructions precisely
  • Grade 12 Lentegeur Secondary School students understood how to navigate their way effectively within the Microsoft Word application, regardless their lack of in-depth description of each feature, e.g. they knew how to insert a footnote, but did understand the purpose of the footnote.
  • Students were open to talk about their challenges they face in overall subjects and especially CAT.
  • Female students performed extremely well and showed great interest overall in the project.
  • Female students in Grade 12 performed extremely well above male students.
  • Most students rated the online exam experience as average. Average in this regard refers to students who managed the exam well by answering online questions within a timeframe of 50 minutes.
  • Students found I-CAN facilitators exciting and fascinating due to implementing active engagement, effective teaching strategies and realistic examples related to the world of technology.

Number of Students Per School Participate

The table below illustrates the number of students per school that participated in the Genesis | I-CAN Digital Spring School 2018 project.

School Name Total  
Grassdale High School 4
Lentegeur Secondary School 3
Westridge High School 9
Parow High School 2
Simon’s Town High School 2
Belhar High School 1
Bonteheuwel High School 3
Rosendaal High School 3
TOTAL Students 27

Gender of Students

The table below illustrates the total of males and females that participated in the Genesis | I-CAN Digital Spring School 2018 project.

Gender Total  
Male 19
Female 8
Total 27

Ethnic Group of Students

The table below illustrates the number of students per ethnic group that participated in the Genesis | I-CAN Digital Spring School 2018 project.

Ethnic Group Grade 12  
African 2
Coloured 24
Asian 1
Total 27

Amy Fabe – Westridge High School

Student Results and Performance

The table below illustrates the overall results of all students according to their gender (Male | Female) that participated in the Genesis | I-CAN Digital Spring School 2018 project.  

Overall Student Results Total
Number of students Passed 27  
Number of students Failed 0
Number of Females Passed 9  
Number of Females Failed 0
Number of Males Passed 18  
Number of Males Failed 0

Aden Smith – Westridge high School

Grade 12 CAT Students Results as Per School

The chart below illustrates the totals of students per school that passes and failed that participated in the Genesis | I-CAN Digital Spring School 2018 project.

Tehara – Simons Town High School

Orientation & Training Day

Student Feedback of the Project

The Success of the Digital Spring School 2018

Digital Spring School Newsletter 2018 – Click Here