- Oct 15, 2005
Love the smell of a new tender in the morning.
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Giving students access to these devices is premature. I have been involved in many educational projects and specialise in technology infrastructure and roll-out. There are a number of issues around eLearning:Will have to disagree with this statement, the issue lies in implementation and management, not worth.
I am involved in many e-learning initiatives in SA, and let me say, equal education is paramount. E-learning is exceptionally strong in the world and is the future. Hell, you probably typing your responses here on a tablet or smartphone. Having knowledge in these devices for your future is indeed a need, not a luxury.
Anyway, my 2cents
eReaders =/= eLearning. eLearning is interactive and content rich. Think edX type content.This illustrates the gap between politicians and people on the ground with more common sense. Tablets were and for a long time will be a serious problem as they have a lot of value for resale and for non school related stuff, have short battery life, are easily damaged and are more vulnerable as targets for malicious code.
Really they should have been looking at eReaders, sure you don't the fancy video side of things, but the resale market will be limited on a ereader that only allows educational material on it. It also ensures students don't have issues with having to charge the thing all the time (a simple solar panel on the back would easily allow them not to require cables ever) and access to all the required and additional school material.
FTFYIn b4 ngwe23
Gasp. That's racist!
(My new hobby - replying 'That's Racist' to random posts.)
+1Ag who wants last year's Tablet in any case, buy them cheap and in bulk hand them out like candy.
Better yet assemble them in SA, enterprise development project for government.
Sold at cost to government, added markup in stores for the rest of us to sustain the business.
Lekke tax revenue as well for government expand to phones, small laptops and 2in1's
Create employment etc etc.
Oh wait sorry this is South Africa not China, won't work the tablets will never be delivered, the tender will line pockets and if anything is produced it will cost 10x more than to just import the tablet. Oh don't forget all workers will be on strike for half the year.