Tomorrow’s teachers use new tech to tutor learners

2019-02-20 06:01
Prof Werner Olivier (right), director of the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre at Nelson Mandela University, teaches final-year education students (from left) Bongiwe Mapalala and Frans Louw, how to use an innovative mobile teaching device called the Gamma Tutor to tutor learners in maths and science.                             Photo:SUPPLIED

Prof Werner Olivier (right), director of the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre at Nelson Mandela University, teaches final-year education students (from left) Bongiwe Mapalala and Frans Louw, how to use an innovative mobile teaching device called the Gamma Tutor to tutor learners in maths and science. Photo:SUPPLIED

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

FINAL year education students in Nelson Mandela Bay and Mthatha are learning how to use cutting-edge technology in real-life teaching situations.

The prospective teachers from Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu universities are the very first student tutors in a new, extended technology-blended maths and science Incubator School Programme (ISP), which, over the past five years, has helped thousands of promising Eastern Cape learners improve their marks, and gain access to tertiary education.

If it is successful, the newly-launched “ISP and Student Teacher Tutor Programme” will be extended to other provinces.

Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC), with sponsorship from Capitec Foundation, is running the curriculum-linked programme, providing 250 selected learners from Grade 10 to 12 with extra tuition through the 16-week Saturday programme.

Each learner will also receive a 7” Android tablet as a personal tutor, loaded with a GMMDC-developed app called TouchTutor, which is crammed full of interactive curriculum-aligned digital resources, in the form of video lessons, PowerPoint presentations, calculator assistance, self-tests with scoring and feedback, old national and provincial exam papers and multilingual support in eight indigenous languages.

Student tutor, Frans Louw said, “I think the learners will appreciate it a lot, having someone sit next to them, helping them to see where they’re stuck.

“It will also help us to grow as teachers, especially learning how to incorporate technology with teaching.”

“There are different types of learners,” said fellow tutor Monique Paulse. “I’m looking forward to learning how to adjust to learners who are slower and faster [to catch on]. Not all learners will understand the first time, so you need to try different techniques.”

GMMDC director, Prof Werner Olivier, said the new programme was a way of empowering teachers to deal with real challenges, with the assistance of very modern mobile teaching tools and resources, which have been researched and developed over the past 10 years.

“It could impact on the course of their professional careers as teachers,” said Olivier.

Learners in Nelson Mandela Bay are hopeful the programme will boost their results.

Sanctor High Grade 10 learner Codi Ownhouse (15) said, “Maths and science are a big struggle. I’m hoping this programme will help me a lot.”

Grade 10 learner from Khwezi Lomso High Sinazo Kafatyi (15) said, “I’m expecting higher marks and hope to learn more and know more.”

Grade 12 Gelvan High pupil, Ruwellen Jacobs (17), said attending the traditional ISP over the past two years has helped his maths mark climb from 47% to 85%.

“I’m looking forward to this year’s ISP. I’m aiming for level 7 (over 80%) in science as well,” said Jacobs.

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.