Tech so­lu­tion for learn­ers with­out data ac­cess

Mas­ter­ing grade 8 and 9 maths, sci­ence or ac­count­ing is now as easy as scan, watch and learn – with­out data or an in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

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aground-break­ing in­no­va­tion has been de­vel­oped by video ed­u­ca­tion pi­o­neers Pa­per Video in part­ner­ship with the Ac­tu­ar­ial As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa (ASSA) to re­move the bar­ri­ers to maths and sci­ence suc­cess for grades 8 and 9.

“Grades 8 and 9 are cru­cial foun­da­tion years, and yet we are find­ing that many stu­dents, es­pe­cially those in more ru­ral and im­pov­er­ished ar­eas, do not re­ceive the ad­e­quate ground­ing to con­tinue with math­e­mat­ics and physics,” Mike McDougall, CEO of ASSA, says in a press re­lease an­nounc­ing the Sub­ject Maps.

Sub­ject Maps will guide learn­ers through a twoyear jour­ney, cov­er­ing ev­ery con­cept in the grade 8 and 9 cur­ric­ula for maths, physics, life sci­ences, nat­u­ral sci­ences and ac­count­ing.

“It shows you where a sub­ject is go­ing but it can also show you where you need to go back to, if you don’t un­der­stand some­thing. So it’s easy for a stu­dent to iden­tify where the gaps in their con­tent knowl­edge are,” says Paul Ma­ree, Pa­per Video co-founder and math­e­mat­ics teacher.

With Sub­ject Maps, a learner uses his phone to scan a QR code next to the con­cept as it ap­pears on the map. A step-by-step video les­son rang­ing in length from 30 min­utes to two hours ap­pears on the phone and then takes the learner through the en­tire con­cept.

Ma­ree says a key fea­ture of the re­source is that all the videos rep­re­sented on the map can be watched with­out in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity or data. While there are a lot of tech-based learn­ing re­sources in South Africa, they of­ten ex­clude stu­dents who do not have an in­ter­net con­nec­tion or data. With Sub­ject Maps the learner in­serts Pa­per Video’s mi­croSD card that con­tains thou­sands of videos into any An­droid de­vice or Win­dows com­puter.

Pa­per Video be­came known for sup­ply­ing se­ries of past exam papers, sup­ported by video so­lu­tions, to schools across the coun­try. One of their suc­cess sto­ries was that of Siphelele Xabendlini from Phan­dul­wazi High School in Philippi who achieved 100% in phys­i­cal sci­ence in the fi­nal ma­tric exam last year. He be­came the first stu­dent from a town­ship school to achieve the best grade for phys­i­cal sci­ences in the Western Cape. Xabendlini specif­i­cally men­tioned “his use of our re­sources to achieve that re­sult,” Pa­per Video co-founder Chris Mills says in a press re­lease. Ma­ree adds that Pa­per Video works along­side its part­ner, ASSA, to get their re­sources to learn­ers and schools that would oth­er­wise not be able to af­ford them in a pri­vate ca­pac­ity. “We have so far rolled out to just over 15 000 stu­dents across the coun­try, thanks to projects spon­sored by some of the largest com­pa­nies in South Africa, in­clud­ing Mo­men­tum, Metropoli­tan, Old Mu­tual, SAB, Swiss Re and In­vestec. Once we have a cor­po­rate spon­sor on board, we then work with them and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion to iden­tify re­cip­i­ent schools and learn­ers,” Ma­ree adds. In­di­vid­ual learn­ers can also visit Pa­per Video’s web­site where they can learn more about re­sources avail­able to them and visit the on­line store if they would like to pur­chase Sub­ject Maps. Learn­ers can watch these videos on a smart­phone, tablet or com­puter via Pa­per Video’s web­site or app (which is avail­able for all An­droid de­vices and Win­dows com­put­ers). Learn­ers who use the web­site or Win­dows app would sim­ply type in the video code in­stead of scan­ning the QR code. The mi­croSD cards can be pur­chased via the on­line store on Pa­per Video’s web­site, with cost rang­ing from R149 to R349 de­pend­ing on the size of the mi­croSD card re­quired.

Mzuk­isi Makaluza of Ma­si­bam­bane High School, Bloekom­bos, Cape Town, with the maths Sub­ject Map.

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