The Digital Learning Program
The Digital Learning Program aims to provide 25 ALIG teachers in 25 different schools with the technology to help them teach and to help students learn. Each classroom will be given a laptop, a projector, four tablets and a learning platform. This program aims to help solve a problem that has been identified by ALIG and was glaringly obvious during my visit. Whilst the ALIG teachers are trying their best, catering to the needs of 40 students with just a textbook and chalk is impossible. The technology provided by this program can help alleviate this problem.
The program aims to provide each classroom that has an ALIG-supported teacher with a computer, a projector, 4 tablets and a digital learning platform. Teachers can use the computer to give children exposure to the internet by showing them videos, songs and articles. Not only will it give children a chance to experience the power of the internet, but it also allows children to learn through forms of media that might be better suited to their needs. The children can use the tablets to do group assignments or watch videos at their own pace. The tablets also allow children to develop skills such as learning how to type and surf the internet, which are essential in the overwhelming majority of jobs. The hardware is coupled with a Digital Learning Platform that aims to ease the life of teachers and improve the education of students. The platform allows teachers to assemble pre-made lessons by compiling videos, articles and documents into a presentation. It also allows teachers to set assignments/exams for students to do on the tablets, which will be graded automatically by the software. The platform reduces the amount of time teachers have to spend on menial tasks such as writing questions on the board or marking homework, giving them more time to spend on actually teaching the students.