New education APP enhances learning
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
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.
“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.