Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 October, 2013 – Samsung Electronics South Africa a leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today announced a partnership with the Mindset Network aimed at assisting learners nationwide with revision and guidance to master particular concepts in subjects such as Mathematics and Science. Consumers with an eligible Samsung GALAXY device will be able to access Samsung’s Learning Hub and browse free content and revision material for Grade 10 – 12’s, until 31 December 2013.
Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics SA says, “We believe that education is a cornerstone to achieving economic growth in South Africa. The partnership with Mindset Network therefore presents an opportunity for us to make educational tools available via our Learning Hub, to support learners and teachers across the country, during their year-end exam preparations.”
This partnership will enable learners to access critical educational lessons anytime and anywhere. Mindset educational content is aligned to the national curriculum and expert teachers tackle problematic topics as identified by the Department of Basic Education. The Mindset television channel largely broadcasts lessons for Grade 10 – 12 covering Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Geography, Accounting, English FAL, IT and History.
The support includes audio-visual and print material which has been made available through Samsung’s Learning Hub. Segments have been created in bite size pieces to allow for easy on-line usage, and adapted from past test papers, a video to explain the concept and then a full answer layout as you would expect to see in an exam paper. This allows the learner to test themselves and then be taught, both visually and in text, to fully grasp complex concepts and understand how to answer a particular type of question. With this methodology, the learner is empowered to choose a specific area of revision that they need assistance with and customise their revision experience, while having access to other areas to test their overall knowledge and understanding of a topic or subject.
The Learning Hub offers over 1,000 revision questions in preparation for upcoming final exams, to instil confidence and knowledge of specific topics and concepts. This partnership with Mindset is aimed at improving Grade 10-12’s learners’ final year examination results as well as pass rates and offer learners in South Africa a brighter future.
“Mobile technology will change the South African educational environment in profound ways; learning will no longer happen only in the classroom, it will transform the experience both inside and outside the school. Mindset educational television channel is programmed to support teachers and learners by providing revision lessons after school, on weekends and during school holidays,” said Roith Rajpal, Chief Executive Officer at Mindset Network.
“Education is a shared responsibility and we trust that this partnership demonstrates the possibilities that exist when the best content meets the best breed of technology,” concludes Fleischer.
During the promotion period, 50% of the content can be accessed at no cost, where course material retails for R8.37 per piece. The revision resource focuses on providing overviews and summaries of the most difficult and yet important sections of the exam paper.
Seventy two live shows are scheduled across 4 channels viz, DSTV, Top TV, ETV’s new Open View HD and Sentech’s Freevision channel featuring the Samsung Note 10.1, Learning Hub and instructions on how to get the content at the beginning of the show – with the assistance of a live demonstration.
Content is currently available for:
• Grade 10, 11, 12 Mathematics
• Grade 10, 11, 12 Maths Literacy
• Grade 10, 11, 12 Physical Sciences
• Grade 10, 11, 12 Life Sciences
• Grade 12 English FAL
• Grade 12 Geography
• Grade 10 revision at 16:00 to 16:59 Monday to Thursday
• Grade 11 revision at 17:00 to 17:59 Monday to Thursday
• Grade 12 revision at 18:00 to 18:59 Monday to Thursday
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About Mindset Network
Mindset Network is a non profit organisation established in 2003 by group of stakeholders including government, corporate companies, foundations and strategic partners which recognised imbalances of access to quality education in South Africa. The organisation addresses these challenge by creating quality multi-media (video, computer based and print support notes) educational content and distributes this content via various platforms including DStv channel 319, Top TV, E-TV OpenView HD, Sentech Freevision, various online platforms including MxIT and Facebook (www.facebook.com/learnxtra) as well as the Mindset Content Appliance, a device installed at schools that receives content via satellite and distributes content at the school using Wi-Fi technology. For more information on Mindset, please visit www.mindset.co.za