New ed­u­ca­tion APP en­hances learn­ing

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Starsky Mkhonta

THERE is a new ed­u­ca­tion on­line pro­gramme which will make learn­ing for pupils as well as teach­ers’ work much eas­ier and con­ve­nient, whether in class or at

home.

The pro­gramme is a smart aca­demic ap­pli­ca­tion (app) known as SZ4ME (for­merly known as Swazishield­4me).

It en­cour­ages pupil-teacher, par­ent-pupil and par­ent-pupil-teacher in­ter­ac­tions.

One of the founders of the pro­gramme, which has been rolled out in some of the schools in the Shis­el­weni re­gion, Lun­gelo Dlamini, said this was new tech­nol­ogy which was in line with vi­sion 2022.

The ad­van­tages and ben­e­fits of the pro­gramme in­cluded that a learner who was ab­sent from school or missed classes for what­ever rea­son, could still catch up. It would ben­e­fit even strug­gling learn­ers, es­pe­cially slow-learn­ers. It would be ac­cessed any­where in the coun­try, as long as he or she is logged in, there would be no has­sles to seek help from teach­ers or col­leagues.

“Learn­ers can ac­cess all class ac­tiv­i­ties, wher­ever they are and at any­time. Even in the event a learner misses school or any les­son be­cause of other rea­sons, he or she can still catch up.

Even if one misses classes for a week or more, he or she can still ac­cess what was dis­cussed or learnt on that day or pe­riod. “The needed in­for­ma­tion or any­thing dis­cussed is loaded or stored in the gad­get to go through it at his con­ve­nience at home or any­where,” said Dlamini, one of the ex­perts in the pro­gramme.

Dlamini said all users would have no prob­lem of ac­cess­ing any­thing they want to know in class even when they were not in school.

“You just click the search zone and you get what­ever you are look­ing for per­tain­ing to your sub­jects.

It is also a pro­gramme which as­sists learn­ers to gauge them­selves be­fore ex­ams.

It also helps learn­ers to at­tend class with their col­leagues from other schools to share ideas, thus pass­ing knowl­edge to one an­other,” he said.

Dlamini said teach­ers as well stand to ben­e­fit from the pro­gramme and as they could also teach while they are at home or away from the school.

Fea­ture

“The ap­pli­ca­tion has a ‘post ahead fea­ture’ and it’s when the teacher can give the learn­ers back­ground of that les­son be­fore it’s cov­ered in class,” said Dlamini.

The pro­gramme would also help par­ents to know how their child are per­form­ing in class and also iden­tify ar­eas the child has to im­prove on. “Par­ents will get anal­y­sis of teach­ers on the child’s per­for­mance and also progress in tests or ex­ams or when a school can be en­gaged for any in­for­ma­tion should there be need,” said Dlamini.

The launch of the pro­gramme, ac­cord­ing to Dlamini is planned to be any­time this week at En­gudzeni High School. “We ex­pect the of­fi­cially launch to take place to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day). Oth­er­wise, this pro­gramme started in 2013 at En­gudzeni FEA High School,” said Dlamini.

The min­istry of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT) was ex­pected to be rep­re­sented dur­ing the launch.

CHILL­ING: The tent that was do­nated by the Dvokod­vweni Inkhundla com­mit­tee.

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