The School-on-Air, an innovation that allows students learn school subjects on mobile devices, was developed to distract them from the attraction of social media, it has been learnt.
The Director, Educational Advancement Centre (EAC), Ibadan, Mr Muyiwa Bamgbose, disclosed this while addressing newsmen at an education award at the University of Ibadan.
EAC developed School-on-Air, video lessons and other products that take learning to the palms of students.
Explaining the School-on-Air innovation, Bamgbose said: “The first thing is that it’s an attempt to meet learning needs of children of the present generation in their world- digital world – where they are used to colorful things that are interesting such as social media – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. We discovered that those things have taken them away from education. So, we are using School-on-Air and video lessons format to bring them back to education so that they can study naturally in their world. We also appreciate the fact that teacher’s quantity and quality are not very much available.
“There are places where we don’t have enough teachers. Maybe they don’t want to go there. There are also places where those who play the role of teachers are not equipped properly. And the victims are usually the students. So, the School-on-Air is another way out for the children.
I was very happy one day when I met a missionary telling us how his children passed the school certificate examination using lessons from the School-on-Air.
“The product is a digital learning solution. It is in a digital format and it is educative.
You can use it virtually anywhere. You can use it on computers- desktop or laptops, phone, tablet or what they now call fablets. There is a fablet now which is a big phone, not a tablet.”