Finally! A tablet that makes learners smarter

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  Posted on March 6, 2015



At the end of each year, when matrics start cramming, they all wish there was a pill that could make them smarter. This year, Future Mobile Technology (FMT), in conjunction with Die Son newspaper, gave one young winner a tablet that has the same effect. FMT has already made a splash with its home-grown range of netsurfer TOUCH tablets. The company’s latest offering – the netsurfer SCHOLAR – comes jam-packed with maths and science content for grades 10–12. The netsurfer SCHOLAR boasts an impressive 183 hours’ worth of maths and science videos, all pre-loaded on the 7″ Android device. This content isn’t just an adjunct either – it encompasses the national maths curriculum (NCS) for grades 10, 11 and 12, as well as NCS science for grades 11 and 12. In addition, there is maths content in line with the Caps for grades 10 and 11. Also included are past exam papers and video instructions, so the days of being clueless about sums are well behind any student armed with this nifty tab.

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• Netsurfer SCHOLAR

Tracy Andersson, CEO of FMT, points out that South African students are placed 143rd out of 144 countries in a study on maths and science savvy by the World Economic Forum. This is why FMT developed the tablet in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

Prof. Werner Olivier, head of the Govan Mbeki Maths Development Unit at the NMMU, explains what grabbed him about the project: “I can see tablet and mobile technologies playing a critical role in bringing virtual classrooms closer to the real thing. Innovative platforms for learning maths and science are vital in South Africa, where decent resources and even teachers in these fields are not always available.” The winner of the FMT and Die Son tablet competition, Alison Meyer, is a student from Port Elizabeth. Like all the entrants, she had to show off her geeky side by answering a question that would have most parents scratching their heads. She is over the moon with her new dual-core, dual-SIM tablet, which runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). It also comes pre-loaded with MS Office and access to two app stores. And if Alison’s mom decides she’s getting too side-tracked with all the other cool things the tablet can do, she can block everything else so that it is purely a learning tool. With its two cameras, 16GB on-board, GPS and solid construction, the netsurfer SCHOLAR is a worthy competitor for devices costing twice the price. It is available in 250 selected Foschini, Exact!, Markham’s, Mat & May, Sterns, Matrix, ASJ, Total Sports and Sport Scene stores, or ordered at tfgmobile.co.za for R2 999.