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From obstacles to opportunities – making the adoption of digital education easy

 

Snapplify’s Shaun Marshall urges schools to see how easy it can be to embrace digital learning, saying the following:

The development of digital technology has been of enormous importance to the education environment. It opens possibilities for teachers and students, transforming the classroom in a multitude of ways.  Yet, despite its benefits, digital education is not always eagerly embraced by schools and educators. The reasons for this can present as real challenges, but I believe that they are not insurmountable.

Shaun Marshall

At Snapplify we work hard alongside institutions and educators to create solutions that serve education best, regardless of infrastructural challenges. We’ve addressed this challenge with the Snappbox, our award-winning hardware distribution solution for digital educational content. The Snappbox is an effective way to include the core elements of e-learning in unconnected classrooms. In rural Cofimbama in the Eastern Cape, we used the Snappbox to preload over 2000 school tablets with the Snapplify ebook Reader app and over 300 ebooks from leading publishers. These tablets are being shared among 4000 students in 11 schools. Using the Snappbox has saved institutions like this one over R600 000 in bandwidth costs, and approximately 4000 hours (166 days) in download time – meaning more time for teaching.

A common challenge many schools face when bringing digital education into their classrooms is resistance or reluctance from educators. This most often comes from a lack of confidence.  Teachers sometimes feel intimidated – not only by the technology itself, but by their students, who are au fait with this technology.

With this skills gap in many schools, it becomes important to ensure that educators have the training and support that they need to incorporate technology into their pedagogy. In fact, this is so integral to the success of digital education that we’ve incorporated teacher training into our initial rollout for schools signing up with Snapplify, with the option of further training during the year, depending on an individual school’s requirements. Snapplify is committed to supporting our schools and an essential part of this is supporting educators.

Ultimately, the move to embrace digital education is not as daunting as some initially believe it to be. Whatever the ICT setup and skills level, you can make digital education a reality in your school by choosing the correct digital education partner.

Email education@snapplify.com to chat about your specific needs and how we can work together.

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Snapplify selected for World Bank’s accelerator programme, XL Africa

ADESSA congratulates Snapplify on being selected from over 1000 applications as one of the top 20 digital companies to participate in XL Africa – the World Bank’s new accelerator programme for Africa’s top digital entrepreneurs.  This programme begins November 2017  in Cape Town, with interaction with international
investors and potential partners.

Over five months, the 20 growing businesses will move through
a rigorous programme designed to generate further capital to catapult growth and expansion to new territories.  XL Africa is supported by the World Bank Group, with financial assistance from the governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden, and managed by implementing partners IMC Worldwide, VC4Africa and Koltai&Co.

Snapplify’s Growth Director. Tarryn-Anne Anderson, says:

Snapplify is proud and excited to have been included in this important pan-African initiative. We look forward to connecting with other companies who are using technology to tackle social problems, and with investors looking to drive innovation in Africa.

Snapplify joins thought leaders at high-level ministerial forum

Snapplify has been invited to partner with Innovation Africa –Africa’s Official Ministerial Summit, for the second consecutive year. The event welcomes education ministers, senior government officials, and other leading decision makers from over 40 African countries.

Now in its seventh year, Innovation Africa facilitates strategic conversations between thought leaders in education, innovation and ICT.  This year’s event takes place in Maputo, Mozambique.

Snapplify CEO, Wesley Lynch

Known for its award-winning innovations in the EdTech space in Africa and a wide range of features on its Snapplify for Education platform, Snapplify has become a top choice for schools looking to embrace digital learning.

Earlier this year, Snapplify was recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) as one of the Companies to Inspire Africa for 2017.  The company also won an SAB Innovation Award and was nominated for the 2017 Eduweek Awards.

Snapplify CEO, Wesley Lynch, says:

Snapplify is committed to providing unique solutions to support blended learning in schools. We are looking forward to joining other highly respected companies and key decision makers in these important discussions about the future of education in Africa.

In 2017, Snapplify has rolled out eLearning solutions to just under 1000 South African schools, and run digital learning pilots in Kenyan schools. Here, Snapplify’s award-winning Snappbox – a hardware distribution solution for eBooks – has been used to increase affordable access to digital books where internet connectivity is limited or expensive.

Snapplify exhibiting at the ICP Convention

Snapplify, a member of ADESSA, is proud to have been invited to participate in this year’s principals’ conference in Cape Town, 22-25 September 2017.  They will be showcasing their suite of eReading and eLearning solutions.

In response to changing education environments and approaches to learning, the theme of the 2017 ICP Convention is Brain Waves of Change. Snapplify is committed to enabling easier access to digital learning, and is proud to be included in this important event.

Shaun Marshall, accounts manager at Snapplify, says:

At Snapplify, we’re passionate about education and we believe in the digital learning revolution. We’re pleased to be connecting with school principals and providing digital learning solutions to schools, making eBooks both accessible and affordable.

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 About Snapplify:  Snapplify is a media and technology company with offices in South Africa, Kenya, and Europe. It provides a comprehensive platform for distribution, reading and retail of eBooks, magazines and newspapers.

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 Press Contact: For more information, please contact Jessica Lang from Snapplify on jessica@snapplify.com or (0)21 975 7192.