a-ACADEMY Smart Learning is an easy to use interactive digital learning tool. As it contains features such as a digital lesson plan and exciting learning activities, which are structured in units, it becomes easy for schools to offer their students thrilling interactive lessons within a classroom setting. a-ACADEMY is also ideally suited to serve as an independent study tool for students to digitally reinforce topics in an exciting and motivating way.
The content is developed by professional Kenyan educationists in close collaboration with an international team of editors. Together, they ensure that the product is of highest international standards and meets the local educational needs. All content is aligned to the Kenyan curriculum.
a-ACADEMY’s appealing user interface is designed with children in mind: interactive and easy to navigate. Thousands of minutes of interactive digital content are logically structured in subjects, units, and lessons and are taught through exciting learning activities. Ticking the right answers, filling in gaps, solving crossword puzzles, and answering questions on integrated videos and audio activities are a few examples of the interactive activities that will enable learners to achieve their academic goals.
a-ACADEMY also features a section on Term Assessment that contains more than 25 activities at examination levels to prepare the pupils for their exams.
a-ACADEMY improves the technology skills of learners who use it, leading to success in the rapidly digitizing 21st century. It runs on computers, smart boards, and on tablets. With low system requirements, it can be used in areas with limited resources and challenging infrastructure. a-ACADEMY is available both offline and online.
a-ACADEMY has been piloted in a variety of school across Kenya including private schools, government schools, and low-cost private schools. It is currently available with primary curriculum. The digital content is delivered to schools that utilize it on their own devices (e.g. pupils may each have a tablet, or students may one computer to share across a school). Avallian support teachers in implementing the digital content by providing teacher training sessions on how to teach most effectively with a-ACADEMY. As part of this training teachers are also trained on classroom management, school systems and operations, student support, child-based approaches, and gender sensitive pedagogy.An appealing user interface designed with the children in mind; whole curriculum digitized and logically structured in subjects, units, and lessons and taught through exciting learning activities.
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CEI approaches in actionSchool supportTeaching materials (teaching guides, lesson plans, etc.)Student assessment and progressStudent supportEducational TechnologyMath/numeracyLiteracyInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)
Model details2014Hybrid (for-profit/not-for-profit)Comprehensive curriculumMath/numeracyLiteracyInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)ActiveLong-term projectAvallain AG3,080
To continuously strive to narrow the education gap, Avallain is providing slum-base schools with a-ACADEMY free of charge. The vision is to give even the poorest and most vulnerable not only access to high quality digitaleducation, but also to prepare them for a digital environment to increase their chances to find work after they have finished schooling.
TechnologyComputerTablet or e-readerClassroom lesson deliveryLearning materials for studentsTeaching materials
Scale6060 teachers have been and are ongoingly trained on how to teach most effectively with a-ACADEMY.15a-ACADEMY is fully established in 15 primary schools and is also used three times a week by 18 schools (one school is sharing its computer lab with 3 other schools). The latter number consists of 7 public schools, 7 private schools and 4 informal schools.
So far, a-ACADEMY has been distributed to 15 schools. 3 of these schools are located in the poorest areas and share their computer lab with 27 other schools. eKitabu has purchased a license that allows to distribute a-ACADEMY to 150 public schools as part of the iMlango project.April, 2015
Avallain are aiming at developing interactive content for primary and secondary school as well as for university to fulfill the whole curriculum. Realizing a-ACADEMY for Early Childhood Development Education is also an interest. As Avallain already have developed a-ACADEMY for primary school subjects like Science and English, they would like to focus on developing interactive content for the remaining subjects and standards to be able to offer a holistic service. Right now, a-ACADEMY can be accessed after it has been installed on the respective device. Avallain have worked out a solution that will make a-ACADEMY most comfortably accessible for everyone anytime. That is why the a-ACADEMY CLUB was brought to life. The a-ACADEMY CLUB is a digital learning platform. Through it you can access and use anytime and everywhere. The a-ACADEMY CLUB will be launched at end of April. For the future Avallain are planning to enhance it with certain features like a gradebook (to record the pupils’ performances), assignments (to enable teachers to assign homework individually tailored to the pupils' needs) and messaging (to realize an easy communication between pupils and teachers or tutors).
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Avallain are continuously in touch with all schools which are using a-ACADEMY to receive feedback about impact on the teachers and pupils. a-ACADEMY has also been successfully proved as a concept by a pilot test we carried out in 15 schools in 3 counties in Kenya.Standardized assessment performanceUser satisfactionAbility to reach the poorYes
For the pilot testing schools were selected from 3 counties. To represent all categories within Kenya education strata 7 public schools, 7 private schools and 4 informal schools were chosen. Other considerations were rural/urban, high cost/low cost and boarding/day. The thoroughly positive feedback received indicates that a-ACADEMY is able to serve at alllevels of income.
A qualitative questionnaire asked teachers and students of the schools selected for a Pilot Test on whether they DISAGREE STRONGLY, DISAGREE, stay NEUTRAL, AGREE or STRONGLY AGREE if a-ACADEMY is a useful tool for their teaching or respectively for their learning. 81% of the teachers STRONGLY AGREED and 19% AGREED. No one stayed NEUTRAL, DISAGREED or STRONGLY DISAGREED. 100% of the students STRONGLY AGREED on a-ACADEMY.