Empire Tech believes that any adoption of ICTs must be supported by Continuous Professional Development which is delivered by certified trainers in line with the National Credit and Qualifications Framework (NCQF). For this reason, our company has been registered under the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) as an accredited Training Institute Under Act No. 24 of 2013 since 2016. Our accreditation allows us to provide our unique courses to our clients which enhances the application of the various hardware and software tools we provide to achieve better goals and outcomes.
Effective and continuous professional development enables educators to develop the knowledge and skills they need to address students’ learning challenges. Both parents and educators acknowledge that today’s learner is a digital native and that learning in this way seems only natural to them. The value and impact that technology brings to the classroom has seen schools and education institutions investing in instructional education technology; however, the tool is only as powerful as the user. In the past, obtaining a degree or a diploma was once-off and proved sufficient indefinitely. It has, however become essential for educators to continually educate themselves in the effective use of technology in the classroom, understand the pedagogical value it brings and apply best practice principals. In order to be a 21st Century educator, you first need to understand how a 21st Century student learns, appreciate and more so understand that students today, more than ever, need the ability to understand and deal with complex issues and problems. We understand and see that, hence at Empire Tech we offer training on all our SMART Education Products and Software, Intel Education Courses and facilitate you in acquiring a Digital Skills Passport as a way of driving basic digital literacy, promoting integration of ICT in to the teaching and learning process, and optimising the uptake of technology in education. Outlined below are the various courses and aspects that will give you that cutting edge… the 21st Century Skills that make you Industry 4.0 (i.e. Fourth Industrial Revolution) ready.
Whether communication with stakeholders is the aim, or ensuring efficiency of operations through the uptake of technology, training for end users of an organization is essential. If employees don’t understand how to effectively use technology, especially in the workplace, it can hinder productivity and workflow. Through our training courses, any organisation’s staff can fully embrace the technology infrastructure to accomplish their goals faster, which is game changer in various industries where speedy execution of tasks is key to being ahead of the pack.
The following are five important benefits as to why training is important for organisations:
Staff that are properly trained spend less time trouble shooting and more time on productive and revenue-driving tasks.
When employees are knowledgeable about the applications they use, they can work quickly and achieve outcomes faster.
Companies that can use all their solutions effectively are likely to outperform those that struggle to understand the basics. And, since you’re saving time and money, you can re-allocate those measures to innovative projects.
Confident employees are better employees. When people know how to efficiently do their job, they are much more likely to be happy in their position, resulting in less turnover for your business.
Training requires employees from different departments to learn and work together. More experienced users can jump in and help those around them, and employees get a glimpse of how other departments work.
SMART Learning Suite (SLS) is the world’s leading classroom software and includes the famous SMART Notebook collaborative learning software – transforming static content into interactive lessons. SLS combines lesson delivery, assessment, student collaboration and game-based learning software into one ultimate education software suite. It connects students, teachers and devices to turn lessons into enriching learning experiences.
The SMART Learning Suite includes both desktop and online experience and many more new additions to the SMART Notebook Software family.
This course is designed to pave the way for educators to use and incorporate technology and use fit purpose software being SMART Notebook, in order to shift pedagogy from being teacher-centred to student-centred in the classroom.
Building on the previous course, the focus now becomes on how to use SMART Notebook software strategically to build more attractive, clear and organised lessons. Discussing best practise tools, structuring and organising lessons, how to add style to lesson activities using rich media, building interactive content as well as learn how to seamlessly integrate and transition between lesson delivery and assessment with any internet-enabled device anywhere in the world.
SMART Response will enable educators to spark active learning and elevate student outcomes by instantly assessing student understanding by creating a question set on the go that learners can answer on any device. This course will enable educators to practice develop, create, deliver and evaluate assessments.
During this session, focus is placed on learning and practicing how to use SMART Notebook Math Tools software to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects’ lessons in order to facilitate classroom learning for all standards by using more than 55,000 math content objects and interactive activities for geometry, algebra, calculus and statistics on both Mac and PC.
SMART lab gives teachers customizable templates to create game-based activities in minutes. The quality graphics, sound and compatibility with a variety of student devices, including Chrome books, keeps students engaged for hours. This course will enable educators to learn how to spark active learning, create and incorporate game-based activities in their classrooms
Aimed at educators who want to maximize their usage of the SMART Notebook software as a tool for creating engaging and effective classroom lesson content in order to create high-quality lesson activities with their syllabi content, collaborate with peers to improve lessons, and create their own lessons under the guidance of a SMART training specialist.
Whether you are conducting brainstorming sessions, meetings or delivering presentations, SMART Meeting Pro integrates with Microsoft Exchange and other software to provide a seamless meeting experience. This course enables the user to learn how to interact with various applications in Desktop mode, brainstorm and present in Whiteboard mode and ultimately share content using the Business Gallery.
Aimed at educators who have technology at their school or in their classroom, however they have little to no computer experience, however, would like to acquire technology literacy skills and develop 21st century approaches to teaching and learning.
This course enables educators to understand and know how to integrate digital tools to promote student communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
Assessment in the 21st Century Classrooms is a course that offers an in-depth look at assessment that meets the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. It enables teachers see how assessment strategies can benefit their teaching practices and their students’ learning.
Offers educators an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. Educators get to see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Educators learn how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces.
Helps educators understand the benefits and challenges of mobile learning and the components of a successful program. Learn what they need to consider when creating a mobile-learning environment in their classroom.
This course builds on from the Moving into Mobile learning course as it explains and demonstrates the development of creative thinking skills through a personalized, mobile learning environment. The course helps educators transition to a personalized learning environment with background research, planning strategies, and suggested technology apps and online tools. It offers suggestions for assessing student learning with mobile devices and managing a mobile learning environment.
Aimed at educators to transition their teaching to blended learning experiences where some portion of learning occurs online and outside of a traditional classroom setting. It helps educators to prepare their students for self-directed and independent learning.
Enables teachers to transition from textbook science to authentic inquiry. It further explores ways to develop their students’ scientific thinking and practices
Helps educators explore the features and benefits of project-based learning with classroom scenarios that help teachers to engage students with self-directed learning.
This course will enable educators to examine critical thinking with a focus on data analysis. It will help educators to prepare students to think analytically in our global, knowledge-driven world.
Helps educators to explore the elements of student engagement and how to design instruction to improve and sustain it. Educators learn how to transform their curriculum units to deeply engage students with digital learning.
A self-paced course aimed at helping Individuals, Schools, Governments and Corporates around the globe to learn new digital skills and to thrive and prosper in an increasingly connected world, where anyone can become a digital skills expert – as long as they are taught in the enjoyable way and with a methodology that is suitable to their individual learning style. Course can be accessed on-line or off-line.
ICT skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. The ability to use a ICTs effectively is an essential life skill in the 21st century. The Digital Skills Passport certification improve the holder’s professional life by making them more attractive to employers, while increasing their ability to communicate and access information and services in their personal life. The evident increase in individual’s confidence also improves efficiency and productivity by also increasing the potential to apply technology in everyday tasks. The Digital Skills Passport also enables individuals to learn on-the-go through its combination of Online and Offline access options.
Media, Information and ICT literacy form an essential part of 21st century key capacities for learners and educators. ICTs are increasingly finding their space in education as one of the most effective ways to engage learners, deliver curriculum and promote learning excellence. The Digital Skills Passport provides learners with the requisite technology skills they will need to apply to be successful in the workplace and to prepare them for continuous learning. Educators are equipped with the ICT skills for effective integration of technology in teaching and learning.
At present, in excess of 20 000+ teachers and over 400 000+ students have access to the Digital Skills Passport programme.
The Digital Skills Passport certification provides a globally accepted benchmark for objective verification of employee skills and competencies in the use and application of ICTs. The qualification is skills focused and as such, reduces the gap that exist in most academic qualifications and the skills to apply knowledge that industry seeks. Employees will spend less time trying to find and use a function, thus increasing effective execution of duties in the workplace. The Digital skills Passport also help corporates shape training needs and systems implementation when rolling out diverse technology platforms.
Our corporate customers include organizations such as Tobacco Sales Limited and Lafarge.
Governments across the world are drafting policies for solid implementation of technologies in the effective administration and operation of civil service. Key to the implementation of the e-Government initiatives is the solid capacity building to staff so that they are equipped not only to operate, but also embrace technologies. The Digital Skills Passport is the ideal in-service training platform for ICT skills. The training’s flexibility in deployment and mode of instruction makes it easy to adopt at all levels of authority within government structures. The need to balance between studying and working varies and becomes even more complex as we move from clerical staff to key decision makers in government. It is therefore imperative to have a training programme that has multiple entry points, adaptive deployment modes and effective instruction methods.
At present, in excess of 20 000+ teachers and over 400 000+ students have access to the Digital Skills Passport programme.