I’ve a fan of combining traditional learning (including homework) with digital learning, and it’s not just because I soon won’t be able to help my grade 4 son with his maths and science homework. So much research shows that quality e-learning platforms can reinforce learning, and often make for an engaging and fun experience when coupled with traditional methods.
The Norwegian School of Economics says it better. According to them, digital infrastructure is the foundation for a good digital learning environment. The research goes on to state that digital tools give learners increased access to information, and work towards challenging learners’ judgement and reliability. Furthermore, students gain access to programmes that can enhance their learning outcome – ultimately increasing their performance in the classroom.
And if the state of SA education is anything to go by, we should really be looking at all angles for help. According to the World Economic Forum 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Report, South Africa’s education system was ranked 134th out of 138 countries.
The pro-digital thinking goes that technology (computers, smartphones, tablets, games, websites and apps) can fill most gaps – upskilling teachers, supporting learners, and enabling all of them to adapt to the digital world of education.
Platforms, such as Vodacom’s e-school, enable learners to access content, which is curriculum-aligned, on their mobile device – covering a range of major subjects from grades R to 12. The content is fully aligned to the Department of Basic Education National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement and is available in all 11 South African languages. The platform is accessible via mobile and desktop, free of charge to all Vodacom customers.
Vodacom e-School is a free, unlimited online education portal that provides educational content for learners in grades (R-12). These include assignments, quizzes and interactive learning videos.
This platform doesn’t make the physical classroom dispensable. Rather, if a child needs revision, or needs help to understand a concept, or just wants to practice what they learnt in class, this is where it comes in.
For more info, head here. We’ll be on the platform before the June exams (my son’s first school exams) and for when (not if) the maths homework has me stumped.
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