Gauteng Education officially launches Digital Content and Online Assessment Platform

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    JOBURG – The platform will help to avail the digital content to ICT schools in the province.

    The Gauteng Education MEC for Education and Youth Development, Panyaza Lesufi officially launched the Digital Content and Online Assessment Platform at Soshanguve East Secondary School, today, 11 October. 

    The e-learning platform will equip learners for the fourth revolution across the province Lesufi said. The digital content intends to improve the province’s approach by availing the digital content to Information and communications technology (ICT) schools.

    Lesufi said, “Taking notes or cramming when a teacher delivers a lesson in class will be no more. Imagine parents setting their own tests and examinations for their children and the system marks the test/examination immediately and further the system provides reasons on why the learner got wrong answers. Imagine a world where all parents can log on when assisting their children with homework.  A world where teacher lesson plans are freely available. Imagine no further.”

    Lesufi said they envision a model towards sustainability of e-learning in schools through the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model, it enables schools that have their own ICT initiatives to benefit from the investment made by the department, by digitising the content and making the content available through the platform.

    GDE’s content platform aims to support teaching and learning by providing:

    • Digital content access, with interactive lesson activities supported by videos, 2/3D animations with audio for all the schools, in a phased-in approach
    • Opportunities for digitised assessment practices
    • A platform where learners will be able to get access to interactive revision material, which will provide them past exam papers with memos, also step-by-step videos that show how to approach and respond to questions in an exam and accumulate more marks
    • Collaboration platform for teachers and subject advisors, amongst learners, between teachers and learners, online collaboration between teachers and professional learning communities (PLC’s)
    • Provision of innovative digital and broadcasting of lessons between multiple schools to strengthen and enhance collaboration opportunities for all the users, such as teachers, learners and communities
    • Opportunities for reporting with analytics on utilisation by ICT schools to various levels including GDE senior management.

    Grades and subjects prioritised are Grade 10 to 12, mathematics, physical sciences, mathematical literacy, geography, accounting, Isizulu and Sepedi and life sciences, including Grades 8 and 9 in mathematics, natural sciences and technology.

    The digital content offered by the department will enhance the e-content pre-loaded on all ICT devices provided to participating schools.