Introducing Learner 3.0

Learner 3.0 is a ten-year-old schoolboy, living in a rural African village. He walks 4 kilometers to his primary school every day where he shares a classroom with 46 other schoolchildren. He lives with his grandmother and five other siblings. He owns one pair of shoes and soccer ball.

Thanks to an eBook, he knows what a samurai is. Learner 3.0 has seen a picture of the Eiffel Tower and knows it is in Paris. He connects to the Web every day. He prefers tablets, but knows how to use a desktop. Learner 3.0 uses apps. He loves playing multi-player scrabble online. And then sharing his top score.

Learner 3.0’s primary school is plugged into an independent Good Work Foundation Digital Learning Centre, along with four other local primary schools. Each of the schools timetables “digital learning” into their student’s curriculums.

In the Open Learning Academy, digital teachers have created a learning space of wonder. It is a space of tablet computers, cloud-based learning, forward-thinking apps, online course material and high-speed broadband. It is a first of its kind in Africa.

Learner 3.0 has arrived in Shabalala village in rural Mpumalanga. More than 1000 young digital students rotate through Hazyview Digital Learning Centre’s Open Learning Academy every week.

The model is based on a phased, long-term partnership between the “hub” (Digital Learning Centre) and its “satellites” (local primary schools). In year two of a partnership, a digital facilitator, trained at an Open Learning Academy, will be placed at the satellite.

The model is based on a phased, long-term partnership between the “hub” (Digital Learning Centre) and its “satellites” (local primary schools). In year two of a partnership, a digital facilitator, trained at an Open Learning Academy, will be placed at the satellite.

This is the Learner 3.0 Champion. Along with tablets, cloud-based learning and educational software licensing, the Learner 3.0 Champion will extend the learning environment created at an Open Learning Academy back into the school.

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The Learner 3.0 Champion.

School media centres no longer need to be defined by a physical space and rows of computers. We’re proposing tablets, a charging trolley and a Learner 3.0 Champion. Nothing more.

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