Weekend Post (South Africa)
Digital library deals with book shortage
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