South Africa: Obami Digitizes Annual National Assessments
Locally based, social learning platform, Obami, recently launched a digitized revision paper campaign in time for the upcoming ANAs (Annual National Assessments) that are to be carried out across South Africa from 9 September 2013.
Converted into Obami-styled, online assignments, the ANA papers, which cover English and Mathematics across Grades 3,4,5,6 and 9, can be set to classes by their teachers, or undertaken independently by learners who are looking to get some revision done before they sit the real thing.
These assignments are as-like the real experience as possible, making use of technology to facilitate the entire process. As long as there is an internet connection, learners can type out answers which, on submitting, reveal model answers to which they can compare their own.
Teachers are able to mark the assignments and export responses and results, empowering them to identify and focus on those sections which their learners may be struggling with.
This is the first time that any standardised DBE test has been wholly digitized and made available to the public. Obami is excited about what it means for education as teachers can now make sure that their contact time is dedicated to actual teaching, while learners can revise outside of school hours in a manner that is engaging for them. And with Obami's mobile functionality, many of the 4 million learners who are expected to write the ANAs this year will have no problem accessing the digital papers.