Posts tagged: SmartMonkey

iSchool: using low cost tablets to change learning methods in Zambia

  Mark Bennett, is the Managing Director at iSchool – Zambia. iSchool is built on the belief that many of Africa’s deepest-routed problems can only be overcome through radical improvements in education. This means building a generation of thinking, problem-solving children who will be able to unlock the great potential of the Continent: who will grow economies; rethink democracy; improve health, and greatly increase the life chances of their children. This interview was initially featured on   SmartMoneyTV: What is iSchool? Mark Bennett: iSchool is an attempt to introduce modern blended e-learning in to the African context and by doing that change the way learning is done in schools.   SMTV: What are the key changes that you are trying to make in teaching? MB: We are trying to get teachers to move away from the chalkboard, to move away from their traditional way of memorised learning, and to ... read more

Maker Faire: Cultivating a community of African makers

Emeka Okafor , is a British Nigerian living in New York who sees himself as venture capitalist for Africa. He is the curator and director of Maker Faire Africa and speaks about what the event means for Africa, and the need for manufacturing on the continent. This interview originally appeared on SmartMonkeyTV: Emeka you have been the organiser of Maker Faire in Africa with others. How did that come about? Emeka Okafor: A number of us who founded Maker Faire thought that there was a disconnect behind the idea of hardware, the making of hardware, and the need for a greater interest in manufacturing… the idea that we didn’t have an appreciation for people who were inventors and innovators in the more physical sense. We felt that there was a mother-load of individuals across the continent that were not getting their due, in terms of people 1) acknowledging that ... read more