Teacher with No Computers Draws Microsoft Word on Chalkboard to Teach His Students

Owura Kwadwo Hottish illustrates a window of Microsoft Word using colored chalk on a blackboard. He uses it to teach computer skills to students at the Betenase M/A Junior High School in Kumasi, Ghana.

This teacher in Ghana has no computers so he draws Word on the chalkboard to teach his students.

Read the story and interview on npr.org

It’s unfortunate he doesn’t have the equipment to teach his students, but his dedication and creativity is impressive. He draws a really great version of Word! The good news is that Twitter users reached out to Microsoft who are working on hooking this classroom up with computers and software.

While I’m on the subject of Word…

If you’re looking at writing courses, Technical Writing is a great option.

Technical writing is any written form of writing or drafting technical communication used in a variety of technical and occupational fields, such as computer hardware and software, engineering, chemistry, aeronautics, robotics, finance, medical, consumer electronics, and biotechnology.

Technical writing on Wikipedia.org

We worked primarily in Word which has really amazing capabilities — you just need to learn where everything is at and how to use it. I wrote instructions, manuals, how-to guides, reports, etc., and it was honestly kind of fun. My final project was around 20 pages of research, graphs, charts, and the best formatting you’ve ever seen. I don’t know about you, but good formatting makes my geeky heart happy.

Recently, I put my Word and Technical Writing skills to good use by redesigning several Electronics labs for a local community college. My geeky heart was so full of formatting love for a few weeks. Insert heart eyes emoji here.



3 comments on “Teacher with No Computers Draws Microsoft Word on Chalkboard to Teach His Students”
  1. codeinfig says:

    I applaud his ingenuity. Obviously where computers are concerned, its much easier to grasp the concepts when they are relevant and demonstrated, rather than hypothetical. Its better to learn on “the real thing” at least so far as the response is in real-time and first-hand. It is better to go to the ocean than read about it.

    As far as the surface of the sun goes, Im happy to compromise and just read the textbook. But I also design computer lessons that work almost as well on paper (or fridge magnets) so this is way better than nothing, and as a bonus it encourages donations. Very cool.

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  2. torie says:

    Learning computer-related things is surprisingly versatile. I’m amazed how many times pencil and paper have helped me learn programming concepts.

    When I took my first programming exam on paper, I thought my instructor was crazy for testing that way. Slowly, I realized that literally writing code tested my true grasp of the material, not muscle memory or how fast I can google a problem. I was LOST on managing memory on the heap until I spent time writing pretend addresses and drawing lines everywhere!


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