iHub By Joseph / November 23, 2013
Intel launches digital content for Kenyan students
Reblogged from Capital FM
By KENNEDY KANGETHE
The solution designed for learners of all ages provides access to a wide variety of content that includes text books, set books, revision books, interactive past exam papers for Kenyan students from primary schools to high school level.
Intel General Manager East Africa Danie Steyn says the application also offers local education publishers access to share or sell their content. Steyn says the content provided matches the Kenyan education curriculum, ensuring that the material is relevant and accurate while providing a user friendly, interactive and engaging learning experience to students and teachers.
He says the solution is the result of the collaboration between Intel and Rancard – an African based mobile technology company that provides cloud based software platform for mobile content, delivery and monetization.
“The aim of the Intel Explore and Learn solution is to provide a resource hub where learners can find relevant content to enrich their studies while at the same time provide publishers with access to a platform that will enable them to easily share their learning content. We would like to call upon all publishers and other content providers to partner with Intel in delivering exciting quality education content to Kenya’s children to transform how they study and enable children to create their tomorrow,” he said.
Intel Explore and Learn offers one convenient location saving them time that can be spent focusing on their studies.
The solution has trusted educational content generated by local publishers for the Kenyan education system including Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Makini School, Nation Media group, Ekitabu and Msingi Pack.
Internet access is only required when downloading content. Once a book, revision paper or video is downloaded to a device, Internet connection is not required to access it.
“This not only means parents have control over Internet usage but it also saves them the cost of continuous internet usage,” he explained.
The application is available for Intel powered Personal Computers and Tablets running Android, Windows 7 or Windows 8 devices.
The content currently available through Intel® Explore and Learn is targeted at upper primary grades and Form 4.
“Our partners are working hard on developing content for other grades, as additional content is developed and as new content providers and publishers sign up, content for additional grades will be added,” he said.
He said that the company plans to roll out training sessions for teachers interested in digitizing their content in conjunction with KICD as well as with Kenya Private School Association.
Also present at the launch was the Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry of Education Jacob Kaimenyi who was pleased to note that educators will be able to generate their own content and upload it to this application in the future.
“Indeed, towards the realization of Vision 2030, the education system will be guided by placing emphasis on new developments and subsequent innovations in science and technology,” Kaimenyi said.
He said that such initiatives promote the socio-economic, technological and industrial skills needed for the country’s development.
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