Weekend Post (South Africa)

Digital library deals with book shortage

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IN an effort to address text book shortages and bridge the digital divide in underprivi­leged and rural schools in the province, a private company has developed a digital content library that has CAPS-aligned textbooks, story books, educationa­l videos and exam revision papers.

The content is saved on a server and projected onto a screen where pupils can view and use the learning materials stored on the device.

The Edu-Tech solution developed by Streetwise consists of a projector that has built-in Wi-Fi connectivi­ty, speakers, a USB port, 19 inch screen, a hard drive that contains the content or applicatio­ns to be used and a server.

The device operates in a similar manner to a computer.

Shaun Fourie from Streetwise said the Edu-Tech solution was specifical­ly developed for rural and under-serviced schools in the country.

“The project has been launched in the Eastern Cape to assist in alleviatin­g the many challenges faced in our province, such as textbook shortages,” he said.

“We aim to provide at least 1 000 schools with the Edu-Tech solution over the next two to three years and by doing so we will bridge the digital divide experience­d in these schools.”

This digital content library has textbooks for Grade 4 to 12 pupils, more than 1 300 story books in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans for Grade 1 to 7, 6 000 educationa­l videos for all grades, live and local news feeds, exam revision papers and even an encycloped­ia. – Aretha Linden

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