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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Paper Video teaches lessons on pupils’ cellphones | Business Day - National / Education

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"A team of experienced South African teachers use innovation and technology to boost the reach of their lessons" according to Michelle Gumede, Education and health writer at Business Day

Help on hand: Paper Video offers a total of 700 hours of teaching in five subjects via video lessons. The material is provided free to pupils because of the support of corporate sponsors.

Paper Video gives high school pupils instant access to digital maths and science lessons for personalised tuition.

Basic education in SA is poorly resourced, classrooms in public schools are overcrowded and the sector faces a serious shortage of professional teachers. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study placed Grade 8 and 9 pupils at the bottom of international rankings in the two subjects.

If all students could call their teachers at any time for help, education outcomes would probably improve.

Paper Video’s subject maps are available to students from grades 8 to 12, who can use their cellphones or computers to access video lessons for subjects including maths and accounting.

Paper Video is a team of experienced South African teachers who use innovation and technology drastically to increase the reach of their lessons. Founded by Chris Mills and Paul Maree in June 2014, the initiative received seed funding from the Millennium Trust and released the first set of resources (353 exam questions and solution videos for Grade 12 maths) in 2014.

In the two months preceding the 2014 national senior certificate final exams, Paper Video amassed more than 2,000 online users and 37,000 video views.

It now caters for maths, physical sciences, life sciences, natural sciences and accounting from Grade 8 to 12...

Paper Video relies primarily on corporate sponsorship of its resources, particularly those aimed at poor schools.

Its partnership with the Actuarial Society of SA, which began in 2015, was integral to its expansion...

To date, the partnership between Paper Video and
the Actuarial Society has resulted in the sponsorship of video-embedded exam books to more than 12,000 pupils in all the provinces.


Source: Business Day