In January 2016 the Integrated Maths Programme funded by Comic Relief UK started in the Northern Cape and Western Cape. This project is implementing Technology Assisted Learning to improve the quality of Maths Education. Isago Primary School was chosen to take part in the project because they had an existing computer lab and were able to implement the project. Before the Green Shoots project, the computer room was occasionally used to teach computer skills. The school views digital and blended learning as a route to improving student outcomes.
Not having a reliable internet connection and aging technology. An offline server solution was installed by Green Shoots to make it possible for learners to use the Maths Curriculum Online program with the same experience as if it’s online. Teachers and learners can still receive immediate feedback. Prior to this project the technology & connectivity issues meant a blended approach to teaching was not feasible. Teachers themselves had never used technology within their lessons.
We were one of the first schools in this area to implement a blended approach to Maths. The success of our implementation was due to the whole school buying into the new methodology and practices needed.
Teachers needed to plan and evaluate differently so that they could gain the maximum benefit from the two computer based Maths lessons. The real-time per learner data produced was then reviewed by teachers before the next class based lesson occurred. This data gave valuable insights as to structure of the lesson and which learners needed additional support.
Isago is a primary school in Galeshewe, Kimberley, South Africa. The learners are from the immediate area of the school.
The learners are either taught in their home language of Setswana or Sesotho from Grade R - 3 and in English from Grade 4 onwards. There are 1135 learners enrolled at the school. The computer lab is managed by a Technical Teaching Assistant, who does a brilliant job of supporting blended learning in the school.
Isago makes use of an offline solution at the school for their blended learning, as the school does not have reliable internet in the computer room.
Contact: Mr Mokwena
Contact Title: Principal
Isago Primary School