e-Learning initiatives in South African school

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The Abel T Motshoane School in Mabopane, North of Pretoria in South Africa has implemented mobile e-Learning infrastructure to enhance the learning and teaching skills in the school. Abel T Motshoane School is the first in the country to have a wireless network technology.

Each student of standard VIII is equipped with laptop, which is connected to microphones and earphones. In the school, teachers are able to give them instructions through their earphones. The technology uses the WiMax wireless broadband, while the features of the classmate PC includes full networking capabilities, Microsoft Windows XP operating system and access to rich educational content. The pilot project is a result of a Public Private Partnership (PPP), which is successfully working. The state government has partnered with several ICT companies like IBM, Intel South Africa, Microsoft South Africa, Pinnacle Micro Systems and Telkom Foundations.

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