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Makini High School eBooks Installation

The High School started in January 1996. It covers Form 1 to Form 4.

Age’s ranges from 14 Years – 17 Years

There are various academic subjects English, Kiswahili, Chemistry, French, Maths, Biology, Business Studies, Physics, History, Geography, CRE, Music, Art & Design, Computer Studies.

There are various sports including swimming, rugby, among other. Clubs include; presidency Award, G.T.T.P, debate, art, drama among others.

eBooks Installation

eKitabu team comprising Will Clurman, eKitabu CEO, Michael Ngeno, Senior Program Manager, Mercy Musyoki, Marketing Manager, Mercy Kirui, Publishing Account Manager and Linda Kokwaro, Beta Program Manager went to Makini High School.

eKitabu team installed the ebooks in the library computers and tablets to boost their reading by increasing interactivity, interest and variety.

The library staff and some teachers were also trained on how to use ebooks for reading and teaching.

eKitabu_Makini_Huxta_0040                                                        eKitabu CEO, Will Clurman addresses students and staff after the installation

eKitabu_Makini_Huxta_0029                                                        Linda Kokwaro motivates students after the installation

eKitabu_Makini_Huxta_0341                                                         Will Clurman hands a gift hamper to the Principal

eKitabu_Makini_Huxta_0190                                                        Mercy Musyoki explains to the students how to use ebooks

eKitabu_Makini_Huxta_0405                                                        Students all smiles as they read ebooks from a computer

20160202_122047 (1)                                                        Students all smiles as they read ebooks from a tablet

eKitabu_Makini_Huxta_0423                                                        Students all smiles as they read ebooks from a tablet

eKitabu_Makini_Huxta_0355                                                         eKitabu team with the Makini High School Library team

St Mary’s Lwak eBooks Installation Journey

20160107_152947                                                    St Mary’s Lwak students learning how to read using ebooks

eKitabu started the year 2016 on a high note when the eKitabu team travelled to Bondo.  The area is not as scenic as Rift Valley however; it’s hot and beatific in a very earthy kind of way. As you drive, huts made of mud with grass-thatched roofing, people burning charcoal or shoveling sand or women drying millet and sorghum outside their huts run back alongside the road. It is a tableau that totally relaxes you, opens you to a world of stoic, pride, and endurance.

If you happen to drive to Lake Victoria, which you should by the way, you will see how it shimmers and shines when the sun rays hits the water. You will be perplexed how such a place, full of fishermen trading their wares from the lake on canoes, women trotting with baskets on their heads full of fish while a pungent stream of air gushes into your nostrils, can stir so much emotions in you.

20160107_165238                         Splendid Lake Victoria

St Mary’s Girls High School, Lwak came calling in our eKitabu offices. They wanted to join the digital revolution and have ebooks installed in their computer lab which consisted of 40 computers. Far and wide they had searched and finally found eKitabu to be their preferred content distribution partner- hence the journey of the team to the land of the world’s largest tropical lake. The journey from Nairobi to Bondo took us around seven hours. It was an exciting journey for our team, which comprised of Michael Ngeno (Senior Program Manager), Mercy Musyoki (Marketing Manager) and Mercy Kirui (Publishing Account Manager).

IMG_1364                                          Mercy Kirui, Mr Steve (ICT Head St Mary’s Lwak), Sister Annastasia (Principal St Mary’s Lwak), Will Clurman (eKitabu CEO) and Mercy Musyoki in eKitabu offices(from Left)

On the way to St Mary’s Lwak, the eKitabu team made a stop-over at the Jaramongi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, where we met the University Librarian, to make introductions about eKitabu services. We had a warm welcome, a hearty conversation and they had a great interest to work with us.

IMG_1696                                                The front of the university

The journey then continued the next day to St Mary’s Lwak.  We arrived at St Mary’s Lwak to meet an excited crowd, from the Principal, Sister Annastasia, to the teachers and the students. Our presence signifies a new beginning in to digital age. An age where dreams came true, at a click of a button. Where books seem to talk to you in a splendid kind of way, that makes you wonder. Wonder how and why this technology never came to you earlier than that moment.

The team gets to work immediately and installs the ebooks in the 40 computers amid an eagerly waiting crowd outside. The school is in a state of excitement galore. They cannot wait to start teaching and learning the digital way.

After a couple of hours, the eKitabu team is done with installation, they call in the Principal and the teachers for training. Their faces beam with excitement and there is a pregnant expectation to learn. They are amazed how easy and fast it is to use ebooks for teaching. They wonder through the different ebooks installed in the elibrary. They wonder how so many book titles can be held in one device saving a lot of space and money. They can zoom in and out to get a comfortable font size for their eyes. They can bookmark a book and when they open it again, they are taken to the exact page they left it at. They were amazed to say the least.

IMG_1730                                        Teachers being trained in the computer lab

The next crowd in the computer lab, were student representatives from each class. Amid their training, their awe was written all over their faces. Most swore never to touch a hard copy book again. Learning the digital way was simply interesting and they now enjoyed reading more.

20160107_152532                                        Students being trained in the computer lab

After the training, the team ended the visit in the hall where the whole school had gathered. There was unified celebrations because they finally joined the “Digital Leaders Schools” in Kenya and Africa. They had joined the global village and they now had global competitiveness. They were confident that their performance would improve as learning was now fun, easier, and interactive. Thank you St Mary’s Lwak, it was a pleasure working with you.

IMG_1722                                          Micheal presenting a gift to Sister Annastasia while Mercy Kirui is on the mic

IMG_1707                                          Teachers and students gathering in the hall

The future of education is digital-based….This is why.

Hassan Masha, Matiangi and Derrick Karani

Digital education is the use of desktops, laptops or tablets and e-books for learning coupled with / without the use of internet. The e-books can either be online -based where you have to be connected to the internet to access and read them.

E-books can also be off-line based, that is downloaded from a host website (you need internet to access them) however you read them offline on your devices. There are also offline e-books that are loaded on a flash drive or on a memory stick and the e-books loaded on the desktop, laptop or tablet.

Digital education provide self-paced instruction, allow students to instantly review course material, provide the option to review lessons as often as necessary, and gives students the opportunity to explore related topics to provide a broader knowledge base.

But digital learning also helps teachers. They can assign online lectures specifically tailored to support and augment in-class teaching on specific subject matter. Online testing and problem review provide teachers with instantaneous assessment and diagnostics.

Teachers can identify student strengths and adjust their education plans, and they can detect student weaknesses where additional work and remediation is needed.

Failing students sometimes just need more time and repeated attempts to overcome a particular hurdle holding them back from fully grasping a concept. Digital diagnostics help teachers identify those hurdles.

In flipped classrooms, students’ homework assignments are viewing the lectures, and classroom work is solving problems (if necessary, with the help of teachers and peers) and critical, evidence-based writing. This is far from the traditional classroom model.

But if the use of technology is to have differential impact, technology must be made integral to teaching, not supplemental to teaching. Past attempts to integrate new technologies have been half-hearted, at best. Embracing technological change is no longer optional, it is essential.

Human capital development through education must be enhanced. After all, almost 50 percent of our nation’s GDP is in labour costs. At the same time, our students are slipping.

The education industry, which is supposed to prepare us for the future, has been among the slowest to adopt technological change. That has to change.

Why YouTube is becoming a Better educator than our Traditional Class Teachers


By Jane Nungari Gichuho

YouTube recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. With over 1 billion unique visitors a month, the most surprising viral sensations are located in an unexpected channel: Education. In fact, education videos are viewed twice as often as those found in the Pets & Animals category.

What makes these YouTube educational channels so successful may be the very element of entertainment students may not receive in the classroom. Entertainment is the top priority to keep (viewers’) minds from wandering, and if you’re not getting people engaged, you’re not going to reach a big audience.

YouTube educational content often features a person in front of the camera while others are recorded as procedure e.g. in software training videos. These videos are brimming with personality to convey the information in a humorous, concise manner – better suited to millennial attention spans.

This new generation of online educators succeeds in ways college teachers do not. Most university professors are typically selected for their research output – not their ability to be engaging or even effective conveyors of information. In addition, professors may be more concerned with cramming test material into students’ heads instead of giving them tools to succeed in a self-sufficient way.

Another advantage of a YouTube digital education class, is that it can have more 100, 000 views at a minimum, a size a large lecture hall could never imagine capturing.

The entertainment-engagement appeal may explain the consistent increase in viewership. The quantity of visitors doesn’t just translate into popularity or fame though. It means MONEY.

The larger funding comes from YouTube’s partnership program, which allows content creators to earn 55% of the profit generated by advertisements on their videos. Successful YouTubers often make a sturdy six figures per year – possibly double that of the average high school teacher’s salary.

YouTube has since compiled educational channels into YouTube EDU, which amalgamates the site’s most popular informational videos in a virtually intimate environment. The students can learn on their own time, flexible to their own schedules, with a much vaster network of fellow viewers and teachers to assist their learning.

Educational revolution has in fact been stagnant; students have been taught in groups for centuries. In order to incite a revolution, he says, the key is utilizing the social environment. With social media and the Internet, students are not as afraid to be curious and ask questions. They can search something on Google and get responses immediately; they are not as powerless. They may not have friends who are expert linguists, but there surely are people on Google who are.

What is the value of new media – the Internet? There’s a new toolbox, YouTube and it’s very exciting and vital that we use that for education.


Original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/karenhua/2015/06/23/education-as-entertainment-youtube-sensations-teaching-the-future/