Georgia State University

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South African Child reading book

Project Name
Partnerships Achieve Literacy (PAL) South Africa

Location Implemented
South Africa

Organization Website
http://projectpal1.wordpress.com/



Challenge
Project PAL combats the “alarmingly poor” (Fleisch, 2008) literacy levels of young R-3 learners in township schools in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Solution
In partnership with a township school, GSU will develop a professional development school model to implement a research-based technology enhanced reading curriculum and enhance teachers' pedagogical practices and knowledge of research-based literacy development and technology integration.

Project Reach
Project PAL South Africa provided curricular materials (e.g., children’s literature, big books, composition notebooks, paper, writing tools) and “technology suites” (e.g., laptops, digital cameras, printers, projectors, screens, headsets). Additionally, the Internet infrastructure was boosted and access to the Internet was available to all classroom teachers school-wide. The technology suites were used to enrich the literacy curriculum by creating technology-mediated texts. Based on the Language Experience Approach (Stauffer, 1970), these texts drew upon children’s lives and local knowledge for story content. Technology enabled the texts to be digitally produced through digital cameras and word processing software (e.g., Microsoft Word, PowerPoint) on laptops, and produced/shown using printers, projectors, and screens. Teachers and learners also used internet-based applications (such as Wordles and Zooburst) to create additional materials for the classrooms. The relative ease in producing these texts created a low-cost solution for increasing reading materials in under-resourced schools.

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