In September 2016 the iiTablet Tshomiz programme rolled out, starting with an online interactive mathematics teaching and learning aid called MathsBuddy at Xhora Mouth Junior Secondary School. The program installed a satellite internet connection at the school, procured 35 durable tablets (with long battery life), subscribed to MathsBuddy for the use of the license and registered 65 grade 1s onto the system. Mathsbuddy is aligned to the South African CAPS curriculum and each child has a unique login for the programme. The programme records the progress of the learner (in live time) and adapts to each child’s strengths and weaknesses.
The programme at Xhora Mouth JSS uses the “teaching at the right level” (TaRL) pedagogical approach to effectively and consistently improve learning outcomes. This requires grouping the learners according to their learning level. The learners are then allocated tasks to complete on the programme which are tailored to their level and which they can complete at their own pace.
The running of the programme is facilitated by a project management team in partnership with the class teacher and supported by seven youth facilitators. iiTablet Tshomiz's facilitators are recruited from our community, have completed school and have a relatively good command of English. The program operates in an area with a very high dropout rate and with very few people having finished school. Given this, the program is committed to upskilling candidates who show promise yet for example, may only have progressed to grade 11.A replicable “technology for quality education” program that makes excellent online programs widely available for a deep rural setting to effectively address the skills gap in mathematics.
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Model details2016Math/numeracyInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)ActiveLong-term projectFree service or product53050%50%
Scale10Teaching facilitators 2One Junior Secondary School (Grade 1-9) and one primary school (Grade 1-7)530530 Mathsbuddy logins and 40 tablet computers shared between learnersSeptember, 2016
The programme at Xhora Mouth JSS where all learners from Grade 1-8 are on the programme. Program is scaling up to include No-ofisi Primary where we have started with Grade 1.
Will include all Grade 1-9 learners at Xhora Mouth JSS, Grade 1-7 learners at No-ofisi Primary, Grade 1-7 learners at Ngubehramba Primary, Grade 1-7 learners at Melibuwa Primary
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Conduct a paper-based Diagnostic Test before a learner starts on the online Mathsbuddy program and then progress with every lesson is recorded in the Mathsbuddy cloud.Standardized assessment performanceStudent attendanceOtherLearner ProgressReal-timeNoYes