This section highlights the pedagogical benefits in SIAB which are learner centered and briefly outlines why SIAB is a first world solution to a third world problem in this context.
Typically classrooms or schools in rural India or SSA have large classrooms sizes, up to 60 students per class in not uncommon. Teachers spend an inordinate amount of time with their backs to the class writing on blackboards crammed with information written in chalk. This archaic and uninspiring scenario limits the teaching and learning experience for all concerned. It inhibits the open, collaborative, inquiry based approach that is required and used in modern classroom settings in the developed world.
SIAB immediately transforms this scenario as the iPad 2 can project pre-installed learning content rich in multimedia onto a white wall. The learning content can be developed locally using the iPad 2 or delivered via pre-installed dedicated educational applications (Apps) on almost any subject matter. Traditional classroom props such as the Blackboard, Abacus, Globe and Skeleton are replaced by educational Apps that can be loaded onto the iPad 2. For example, ‘ShowMe’ the Whiteboard App can replace the traditional blackboard; ‘Maths Games Bingo’ can replace the Abacus; ‘World Maps 2011’ can replace the Globe and ‘Pocket Body’ replaces the Skeleton. The simple user friendly touch screen interface on the iPad 2 enables instant switching between subjects and content matter.
The iPad 2 which is at the heart of SIAB can be customised with thousands of different applications (Apps) to suit any curriculum and can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store. The following examples are included to give the reader a flavour of how curricula can be constructed.
Thousands of Educational Applications available in SIAB
There are over 470,000 ‘Apps’ available for download from the Apple App Store.
Example 1: Maths Games Bingo + RacingLearn Maths in a fun way – game based learning to gain mastery of elementary math. Age group 3 to 8 this App game combines routine mathematics presented in a whole new fun way that helps you master all aspects of counting; addition; subtraction; multiplication and division.
Example 2: World Map 2011View up to date World maps. For example Sudan became the world’s 159th country on the 9th of July 2011. It includes two large World maps, a political World map and World time zones.
Example 3: Biology – Pocket BodyPocket Body is a fully searchable interactive atlas of the human anatomy which allows the busy medical and nursing student or allied health care professional to visualise the human musculoskeletal system through the use of high definition illustration of the human body. Additional features allow the user to make learning notes as they progress through the learning content, and the application incorporates three different types of built-in anatomy quizzes, which act as a self-assessment capability to assist in learning and exam preparation.