New software to help maths lessons

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pretoria - The new and exciting way of learning mathematics through the electronic medium is expected to help learners improve their results in the subject.

The Eastern Cape Department of Education has introduced interactive software to be used to complement teaching of mathematics in the classroom through the use of a laptop and data projector.

The new way of learning mathematics and science through electronic medium has seen 423 schools utilising the medium while 399 provincial schools have been provided with music and technical subjects software.

Provincial chief education specialist in the e-learning section, Henry Kavuma, said the mathematics software and information and communication technology infrastructure have been provided to these schools.

"Schools with computer laboratories have been provided with drill and practice mathematics software so that learners can practice problem solving with instant assessment.

"Music learners who are required by the curriculum to compose, arrange, improvise and record their own music using technology will now use the music software to accomplish their learning outcome," he said.

The same software can also be used for dance studies and dramatic arts.

The science software will enable teachers to electronically simulate practical experiments in physical and life sciences in the classroom and is believed to address the shortage of practical resources in schools, Kavuma said.

He urged teachers to make use of the software, adding that the department is gradually addressing the technological needs of schools despite numerous competing priorities.

This investment can translate into improved learner attainment in the Eastern Cape, he said.