Several schools sites throughout South Africa will benefit from a substantial donation from the American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR) after 20 MacBooks were donated to Learning Academy Worldwide's literacy improvement initiatives in the country.
Head of School, Dr. Beth Pfannl together with Educational Technology Coordinator, Ms Tracy Arnold, handed over 20 MacBooks to Learning Academy Worldwide founder, Mr Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter in Rome this week.
f.l.t.r. - Ms Tracy Arnold, Mr Theophilus Van rensburg Lindzter and Dr Beth Pfannl. Far right, Mr van Rensburg Lindzter and Dr Pfannl at the school entrance in Rome.
The donation enables the creation of several media-production-centers (MPCs). These centers will be the hubs for teacher-lead, off-the-grid solutions that will stream curriculum-related media-rich content to mobile devices.
Mobile devices, largely recycled phones donated by Sprint, USA, will "talk" via refurbished routers and the MacBooks, creating a local internet accessible within the parameters of the school. Rural schools, where unreliable internet connection is the norm, will be able to access curriculum-related content on any browser-based interface.
The MacBooks are also powerful production tools enabling students and teachers to create their own content for project requirements.
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