School pilots digital edu system

2016-10-18 06:00
Enjoying a digital project in the classrooms of Factreton Primary School are, from left, Mymoena Ismail of the Cape Digital Foundation, Raeesa Manuel, a Grade 6 learner, Essop Rahiman of EduWorks, Aidian Wilks, a Grade 6 learner, and Simone Arendse, a school eLearning champion.

Enjoying a digital project in the classrooms of Factreton Primary School are, from left, Mymoena Ismail of the Cape Digital Foundation, Raeesa Manuel, a Grade 6 learner, Essop Rahiman of EduWorks, Aidian Wilks, a Grade 6 learner, and Simone Arendse, a school eLearning champion.

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Education is on a path to embrace the digital world with an exciting initiative that started in Factreton.

In an effort to capitalise on the development of digital infrastructure as a means to increase exposure to knowledge and learning for all, the Cape Digital Foundation (CDF) is building an all-inclusive platform to improve access to technology and digital opportunities in the province.

Essop Rahiman, from Eduworks, one of the partners in the initiative, explains that by providing an operational centre point, the foundation aims to use widespread support and the best available resources and skills.

“CDF initiated a project to support eLearning at school level that will enhance education through technology using existing ICT infrastructure at selected schools,” he says.

“This involved a collaborated effort from the private and public sector with a common goal in mind, using technology to enhance.”

He adds that Factreton PrimarySchool is the first school to undergo a pilot project.

“Our aim is to provide sufficient statistics to formulate a business model that will enhance teacher and learner interaction in the classroom, while at the same time, improve the understanding of learners with focus on English, Mathematics and Natural Science.

“Previously the Western Cape education department, together with JP-IK, the world’s largest supplier of education hardware, donated pop-up classrooms to three schools in the Western Cape, Factreton being the first.

“These classrooms include teacher and learner laptops preloaded with classroom management software, an interactive whiteboard, projector as well as desks and chairs.

“Although the teachers are enjoying the benefits of managing their classroom digitally, they still need to obtain their own content for lessons.”

Eduworks partnered with the CDF to provide DigiSchool, a digital Caps-aligned educational content system for this purpose, allowing teachers to focus on teaching.

“The content system includes rich animations reaching out to the learners in the manner they relate to, displaying real-life examples, making it easier to understand,” continues Rahiman.

“What makes DigiSchool stand out from the rest is that it enhances the methodology allowing teachers to iterate and reiterate at their leisure.

“The pilot project is expected to draw to conclusion at the end of October and it has already been realised that teachers are keen to use DigiSchool more and learner interest in the class has improved from the first lesson.”

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