Humanities Student Part of Education App Development
Education student at UKZN, Mr Lihle Mbatha, is a member of a team that is developing an innovative Education App packed with educational resources for all subjects that is targeted at high school learners.
The app, which is still in its development stage, will have teaching resources such as videos, tutorial lessons, quizzes, tests and current affairs.
Mbatha and his teammates, Standard Bank interns, Mr Lehlogonolo Morgan Molaodi, and Mr Thabiso Seekane are confident that the app will benefit learners. ‘Missing a class does not mean missing a lesson. We aim to maximise participation among learners by positioning ourselves as a benchmark for future education,’ said Mbatha.
Their app services will focus on continuous engagement with learners by creating a workable frame for each individual learner ‘by assessing them so that an automated syllabus will be adjusted to their performance, increasing learners’ academic prowess,’ explained Mbatha.
In order to streamline the development and completion of the app, Mbatha conducted research on education and policies adopted by Basic Education in 2009, related to Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in education. He is also involved in recruiting a team of experts for all subjects offered at school level in South Africa, to provide content for the app.
‘The introduction of ICTs to our schools is generating fresh ways for students and teachers to engage in information selection, gathering, sorting and analysis. ICTs also have the potential to enhance the management and administrative capacity of schools,’ said Mbatha.
The app will be launched soon on the Google store.
Words: Melissa Mungroo