Telematic Schools Project
Telematics is the blending of information and telecommunications technologies to convey information over large networks. Learners, irrespective of their locality, are able to interact with teachers in fully interactive virtual learning spaces.
The Telematic Schools Project is a joint initiative between the Western Cape Education Department and Stellenbosch University to implement education through technology. The project provides lessons via satellite and live-streaming to Grade 10 - 12 learners. The main idea behind the project is aimed at providing learners with the best quality teaching which speaks to the vision of the WCED: quality teaching to every learner in every classroom in every school. The broadcasts do not replace teaching which happens daily in all classrooms; it supports everyday teaching by revising and consolidating what teachers have already taught. It therefore by no means replaces teachers.
Installed satellite equipment works well for very rural schools or schools without a stable broadband internet connection. Some schools with installed equipment, also steam the lessons, as it allows the school to use multiple classrooms to accommodate a large number of learners attending.
With the streaming options, learners can either attend the broadcast at school or from their homes. They can watch the broadcasts from anywhere they can connect to the internet.
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