The Offline content project contributes to improved learning outcomes by providing access to additional teaching and learning content. It must be reiterated that this project does not aim to change the curriculum but just to provide access to additional information, teaching, and learning resources to enrich the entire learning experience.
The project increase exposure to technology in schools that don’t normally have access to technology. Learners and teachers learn to use information and communication technology to search for information in the same way one normally does on the Internet.
The project also contributes towards the vision of an inclusive information society for all in Limpopo Province
First Phase: Project implemented in 15 schools
* 132 Teachers trained in the basic use of ICT technology.
* 100 Laptops and 200 tablets distributed to 10 schools.
* Content available in these schools.
* General awareness regarding the use of technology in education.
Second Phase: Offline Content Replications to 45 schools
Thirty-five (35) devices, five (5) Laptops, and thirty (30) tablet computers are distributed to each school. To keep the solution secure and mobile the equipment is stored in a special trolley where the devices can safely be locked away. The trolley also has sufficient electricity points to ensure the devices can be charged while locked away in the trolley.
Thirty (30) schools with no or very little ICT infrastructure receive 5 laptops and 30 tablets. Fifteen (15) schools with dysfunctional computer laboratories receive a server each and devices to connect the current equipment to the server.
This project benefits
* 18 000 learners, (average 400 per school)
* 600 teachers,
* 25 technicians
Adding value to rural schools
The project uses a simple approach to address the needs of the teachers and learners in rural areas. Schools are provided with Laptops, tablets and wireless equipment. The laptops are loaded with useful information like previous years exam papers, Wikipedia and other freely available educational software. The use of Linux as the operating system ensures system stability. The systems are immune to computer viruses and no illegal content can be loaded.
Children and teachers learn to use ICT equipment the fun way without having to worry about viruses and license cost.
Principals, Teachers, School Governing Bodies are all consulted and become part of the project. Roles are defined and ICT policy documents are developed.
Limpopo is a culturally diverse province with unique heritage norms and values practiced by different ethnic groups. The province has built a heritage network with Southern African Development Countries (SADC) through Kruger National Park and Mapungubwe World Heritage Site. The heritage database will improve the province’s chances to contribute in cultural exchange programs, which also helps to control illicit traffic of significant objects. The Heritage Database and Portal will also be used to promote community heritage events in all districts. The database provides a platform to promote equal access to all heritage resources used by all ethnic groups.
This project will not only assist the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture but will also create a welcome tool to be used by town planners, mines, property developers, universities and the tourism sector in the province.
The project will provide support to:
• town planners
• heritage practitioners,
• Employees from the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture
The heritage database is not only available to business but also to academia and the general public. This includes Universities and other academic institutions, Entrepreneurs, Learners in schools and the General public.
Digitizing our heritage
The eHeritage portal will become a single repository for heritage in Limpopo.
Not only will know heritage sites and objects be captured and stored but the public will also be allowed to submit heritage sites and objects for consideration.
Farmer’s portal is a platform where farmers can interact with the department on what services the department offers and how to access the services offered. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will provide content to be consumed by the farmer.
• Industry farming standards
Farmers can access farming standards to assist them on how to better do their farming and to get better and quality outputs.
• Lesson learned
Under this tab, there will be documentation of other projects lessons learned to be shared with other farmers. It’s almost like knowledge sharing.
• Online Veterinarian Facility
Farmers can upload 5 to 15 seconds videos of their sick animals for a vet to prescribe a solution to a problem, if it is an outbreak the vet can dispatch the extension officers to the site to assist before the outbreak can spread. The vet can be accessed telephonically or by writing a message on the portal or by uploading of videos.
• Price indexes
This function allows the farmers to know the going price of their products so that they are better equipped during price negotiations
• Weather patterns
Weather prediction enables the farmers to better prepare to know what the weather will be like in future
• Access to markers
This is where the buyer and seller meet. Farmers can market their produce before they even harvest them and buyers can request produce to buy.
• Chat forums
Farmers can chat amongst themselves to fulfill big orders and also to buy their inputs (fertilizers, seeds, one-day chickens, and medication) in bulk to save (economies of scale)
This will pinpoint the location of the farmers on the map. One can filter them by what they farming (commodity e.g citrus farmers of poultry farmers), location size and municipality