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The Paperless Classroom

The Paperless Classroom

Apps and related hardware such a tablets and touch screen devices are part of the modern knowledge landscape. They can have a huge positive impact on education and early learning, especially in countries in Africa, where the education system is often under tremendous strain and resources are not distributed equally.

Recently in South Africa national government has kicked off an ambitious project that aims to bring tablets into every classroom, and heralds the paperless classroom of the future. The Gauteng Education Department is planning to introduce electronic devices such as tablets in all classrooms within the next two years – a project that is estimated to cost about R17-billion in total. Learners would have the basic curriculum pre-loaded onto their tablets, with access to updates and remote learning where needed.

As parents we need to be ready for this transformation, and prepare our kids to cope with the technology that they will be using on a day to day basis as they grow. It is important to realise that the changeover to digital classrooms is unavoidable, but not something to be feared. We must prepare and empower ourselves and our children.

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