Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rivervale Primary School to Integrate Ebook Technology into Curriculum

At Rivervale Primary School, teachers are pushed to incorporate technology into their curriculum. This helps pupils in their understanding of topics by giving them a more multi-faceted view on the subjects.

KooBits, an e-book reader developed to host a range of multimedia tools helps users to produce interesting and dynamic content. For teachers, KooBits acts as an agent to create with teaching materials where students can participate during lessons. As a result, students are more engaged during lessons. For students, KooBits drives them to look beyond their classrooms. They can tap on over 6,000 resources that come with the programme. So far, the students here have easily written digital books for the all the subjects in the curriculum.

An upper primary student at the school commented that this e-book programme helped him to remember hard topics. The drop down box options available gets students to participate during lessons. He also felt that the software was easy to grasp and this helped him better express his creativity.

Rivervale Primary School recently built a library to archive the works done by students and teachers. This provides a chance for people to share the digital books and encourages cooperation among the users.

Having Koobits as part of the IT programme has benefited Rivervale Primary School on a whole. It has helped the school achieve their vision of equiping students and teachers with the appropriate ICT tools to experiment, contextualize and boost current teaching pedagogies .

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