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Improving literacy through the use of technology.


An ongoing classroom session at Wekhonye Primary School.

An ongoing classroom session at Wekhonye Primary School.

Technology is arguably the single greatest brainchild of the human mind. This statement has been proven in its many applications such as the motor industry, banking sector, et cetera. It is, therefore, ironical that most educators, mostly in third world countries, have not embraced it. We have tried using android powered tablets in Wekhonye primary school to teach some concepts and the results are truly amazing. The RACHEL device has proved to be the most useful. It is a testament of the far that we have come technology-wise. It contains a ton of educational materials which cover many topics right from counting up to advanced calculus. Moreover, it is designed to work even in the most remote places such as Wekhonye.

We chose class five as our model class since it is impossible to work with the whole school. Indeed in the short time that we have interacted with them, there is an obvious improvement. I can’t fail to mention the input of their Maths teacher, Mr Alex. He informed us of one topic (Measuring Angles) that particularly gave the students a headache. Some could not even hold a protractor well. Using the amazing RACHEL device, we found the relevant material on that topic. We projected to them a video on the same with Mr. Alex explaining more. It was clearly evident that the concept was driven home.

Over the next few days they performed several exercises on the tablets again using RACHEL and over time perfected the skill of measuring angles .We passionately believe that over ninety percent of them can now hold a protractor and measure any type of angle with ease. This is just one example of how the use of the tablets has enhanced learning at Wekhonye. Even the lower classes such as class two have greatly benefited from this.

Ever since we arrived at Wekhonye, attendance has greatly improved since their attitudes towards education has improved too. Also, their literacy and numeracy skills have improved immensely.

This shows that education stakeholders cannot afford to shun the inclusion of technology in education as this would be subjecting the learners to a grave injustice.

Written by Terrence Mwisunji
Acturial Science Student
Mo University, Kenya.

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