High tech solution for school

2016-08-30 06:00
Grade 7 learners enjoy their digital classroom all thanks to Extramarks Education South Africa. The aim is to have a bagless school as everything goes digital. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Grade 7 learners enjoy their digital classroom all thanks to Extramarks Education South Africa. The aim is to have a bagless school as everything goes digital. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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The Muhammadeyah Primary School in Wynberg launched its ‘Smart Learn Class’ on Thursday 25 August.

The solution, provided by Extramarks Education SA, makes use of professionally developed multimedia learning content aligned to the CAPS curriculum.

“It involves learner-centric pedagogy to make learning engaging and more personalised within the classroom environment, and includes interactive learning tools such as Smart Learn Modules, animation and Virtual Lab. The aim was also to save time for teachers who do so much,” says Barry Brookstein, regional manager of Extramarks.

The offline solution offered by Extramarks is the most structured and interactive of its kind currently available in the market. It covers English, life science, physical science, natural science and mathematics for learners from grade R to 12.

Brookstein says the aim of the solution is to adapt to the ever changing world of technology and to save time for teachers and learners. “Being a teacher myself I realised that very few kids go to university and we have a crisis in the education sector. Some children have learning challenges. Kids nowadays are born into technology, and the least that we can do is to make the teachers adapt. We’ve noticed that though most things are changing, classrooms haven’t changed, so that is why we decided to embark on this solution.”

Through its in-school and after-school solutions, Extramarks’ vision is to create an ‘experiential’ learning environment, as contained in its pioneering technology.

This includes the Smart Learn Class, which has every concept come to life through amazing animations, powerful presentations, CAPS-aligned multimedia content and many more innovative tools using world class technology in the classroom, therefore providing a learner with a vibrant learning environment, as well as a Classroom Tablet Solution for collaborative learning using devices and wireless technology. This includes automation of day-to-day classroom activities such as attendance, daily diary, formation of groups, instant creation and sharing of notes and assignments between learners and teachers, effortless transfer and submission of homework during and after class, and much more.

It also has Assessment Centre platform to facilitate and automate assessment activities for the school, teachers and learners alike, the School Management System platform to automate and standardise the management of daily school activities, and the Smart Study Pack that enables continuity of learning from classroom to home and provides learners with anytime, anywhere access to quality learning resources.

“With videos and nice pictures teachers can plan a lesson the way they want. Teachers develop the content. They can pause and continue videos as they want. Teachers can also add to the material that we have,” says Brookstein.

Ebrahim Ismail, the school principal, says the new generation needs the smart classroom. “We hope in the near future we will do away with the bags completely. The bags are not good at all. They make children so tired and it affects their posture. When we heard about the solution we just wanted to try it. We are the first school in the province to have it. A lot still needs to be done, but we are glad we have a good solution. Some teachers jumped for it but others who are old-school like me are still sceptical. All I can say is the kids are born into this. If there is something that we can’t do, we should ask them. They know these things. They learn fast. We shouldn’t be shy to ask for help,” he says.

This solution from Extramarks has been successfully rolled out in over 7500 schools across India, South Africa, the UAE and Kuwait.

To further enhance their offering to the South African consumer, Extramarks recently announced collaboration with Telkom to offer their digital learning resources to select Telkom customers at no extra charge.

V Schools that want this solution can contact Extramarks on 011 656 6668/9 or 087 943 2522 or email info@extramarks.co.za or visit their website on http://www.extramarks.co.za/

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