I’ve just registered at the University of South Africa to do a Bachelor of Education degree. It’s four years minimum, and is the equivalent of an honours degree, which means I could technically go for a Masters degree immediately after that (though why, I’m not quite sure!).
In any event, I think after ten years I’ve found what I really want to do. Yay, me! I’ve always said IT was more of a hobby for me, so teaching it inspires that passion that was sucked out of me; having to earn money from a hobby was not fun.
I’m still running my business but I have transferred some of my customer base to a colleague on a sort of “kickback” system, and the rest are ticking over nicely.
Since the beginning of last week I have been teaching Computer Literacy at an awesome high school in the north of Johannesburg. Since a number of my students are not particularly interested in computers, I have implemented a challenge where they get to ask me anything about technology. If I cannot answer them immediately, they go into a draw to win a 256MB iPod Shuffle, which I think is pretty cool.
What I don’t like is that some of them treat the class as a free period, which is going to change. Computers have become such an important part of our lives in business aspects (and personal of course), that you cannot afford not to learn anything when given the opportunity.
While I don’t believe machines will one day take over the world, it is important for us to understand them and use them properly to make our lives easier. And despite the children’s protestations, this starts with learning how to type a letter in Microsoft Word :-).
Happy New Year! On a more humbling note, my sympathies are with the families and friends of the 220 000 victims of the tsunami disaster in South East Asia.