CAPS-aligned maths, science video incubation programme awarded top prize by Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre

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  Posted on March 5, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s TouchTutor education content, which is now pre-loaded on Future Mobile Technology’s netsurfer SCHOLAR Android tablet under an exclusive licensing agreement, has been awarded one of the coveted Gold Awards for the Maths and Science Incubator School Programme from the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre. The award was presented by Derek Hanekom, Minister of Science and Technology, and Prof Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State. To ensure the TouchTutor lessons are easily accessed by learners and students, FMT has developed a unique software program named ACMEE (Android Content Management System for Education and Enterprise).

ACMEE encrypts (DRM protected) the TouchTutor content and enables the content to be categorised into hierarchies and easily navigated in a concise, structured and organised manner. Over 183 hours (6.5GB) of grades 10, 11 and 12 CAPS syllabus aligned maths and science video lessons and science experiments are pre-loaded onto the netsurfer 16GB cellular Android tablet. Pre-loaded means no Internet downloads, no reliance on the Internet, and ensures easy, uninterrupted viewing! This unique audiovisual material was developed over a period of five years. Maths and science lessons are conducted by the highly experienced mathematicians of the Govan Mbeki Maths Development Unit from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and other accomplished teachers. The resource centre, consisting of video lessons, science experiments, work papers with solutions and past exam papers with answers was previously only available to those involved in development projects of the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit, but now, through an innovative public private partnership between the NMMU and FMT, it has been made available to all learners and teachers in South Africa.

Results in GMMDU projects have proven that if utilised maximally, the resources can enhance the chances of learners obtaining a university pass grade in maths and science and go on to having a successful career. The resource can be used as a study aid, to complement a teacher’s lesson, as a substitute when a teacher is unable to take the class, or an essential lifeline for those who have no teachers for mathematics or science. All Touch Tutor material is NCS (National Curriculum Statement) syllabus aligned and CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements) amendments are being incorporated according to DBE (Department of Basic Education) requirements. The netsurfer SCHOLAR, Touch Tutor covers the complete syllabi and serves to provide an additional support to learners and educators in the FET (Further Education Training) band.

When upgrades are made to the syllabus, it will be available on FMT’s Web site: Lessons can be paused while important concepts are explained or watched over again to ensure all concepts are fully understood. It can be used for single viewing on the tablet or for the entire class to see by connecting to a TV or projector using the HDMI port.

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