Cape Town - From chalkboards to touch-screens. From next month, Western Cape teachers will be taught how to produce their own e-lessons. The new course, which forms part of the Western Cape Education Department’s R273 million investment in e-learning this financial year, is aimed at providing teachers with “a deep understanding of the nature of e-learning and e-teaching and the role that technology can play”, said Jessica Shelver, spokeswoman for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer.
“It will focus on teachers producing e-lessons, and will be applicable to all subjects.”
She said that while all schools didn’t yet have all the necessary resources, technology was being increasingly introduced in education and teachers had to be prepared to incorporate it into their lessons.
Shelver said broadband infrastructure had already been provided to 344 schools across the city, in Stellenbosch, Paarl, Worcester and George, and the installations were scheduled to be completed soon.
“Schools will no longer be required to procure their own internet services, and will have access to a high speed internet service on the Western Cape government broadband network.”