New maths tablet app to bring online maths tutors to SA schools


South African-based educational textbooks publisher Via Afrika has partnered with international tablet-based learning company Tabtor to provide South Africans with a tablet-based math program that has been grabbing the attention of thousands worldwide.

The tablet-based math program, called Via Afrika Tabtor Maths, might seem like just another application that can teach your children how to add and subtract, but what makes this one different is that it pairs learners with a real-life human tutor.

“When a learner starts Via Afrika Tabtor Maths, he or she will complete a diagnostic assessment. The learner’s skills are matched to the appropriate maths level and problems by our specialist tutors who are then able to individualise and structure maths assignments for each learner,” Via Afrika explains on its website.

“This feature is what makes our app unique – we provide a real tutor for every child to work with on a one-to-one basis! Our tutors review, mark and provide customised feedback for every maths worksheet your child.”

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Christina Watson, CEO of Via Afrika, believes that these methods of teaching is what learners truly need in order to be successful in maths.

“Some view digital technologies as a platform that educators can use to extend the reach of traditional teaching methods – a new venue to transmit lectures to students. We believe new technologies such as Tabtor will drive positive change in teaching methodologies, providing a new educational future in which teachers serve as facilitators, coaches and guides to give students a personalized learning experience,” she said in a press statement.

Although Tabtor is an US-based company, the Via Afrika Tabtor Maths has been adapted to the South African market by using the South African CAPS curriculum – meaning that that extra-lessons are matched to classroom work.

The tablet learning programme is available for Grades R to 6, and start around R3 400 per year – and you’ll also receive weekly reports on the progress of your child.

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