Technology improves numeracy in schools

Friday, October 8th, 2010 | Computer Usage

The CAMI Speed Challenge has become a part of the annual education calendar of the Western Cape.  The finals of Grades 1 to 7 of this mental mathematics speed challenge took place in a shopping mall in George today.

Learners in all parts of the province went through rounds of elimination over the past weeks and the finalists, with their teachers and supporters, arrived in throngs today to see who the champions are.  Super prizes were sponsored for winners of first, second and third places in each grade.

Little hands moving faster than shutter speed

This competion generates a great deal of enthusiasm every year.  For months prior to the competition learners are allowed into computer facilities at all hours to practise for the event.  The benefits are:

  • increased use of computer facilities
  • improvement of numeracy skills of individual learners
  • improvement of overall numeracy performance of participating schools.

This event is not driven or sponsored by the education department – it is a purely private initiative.  The Khanya Project applauds this type of private involvement, which underscores our motto: Together we can make it happen.

The finals of Grades 8 to 11 take place tomorrow.

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4 Comments to Technology improves numeracy in schools

Kathy
Saturday, 9 October, 2010

Congratulations to CAMI! This is an excellent initiative for strengthening numeracy skills amongst Western Cape learners.

It also helps to highlight the value of technology in education.

Albie
Saturday, 9 October, 2010

I am also proud about Strand Moslem PS who got learners taking part in the CAMI Competition. All the best to them.

Albie 1 + 2 = 5

ricus
Wednesday, 13 October, 2010

The CAMI speed tests forms a integral part of improving numeracy at Primary level in the Khanya labs, because the four operations forms the basis of maths. Mental maths should be done correctly and fast! This year a new record was set: Juane Koetser(home school)set the new record at 108 PI(Performance Index). This means she would be able to do 108 correct sums in 1 minute. She did 763 sums in the required 400 seconds. This is an incredible achievement!

Kobus van Wyk
Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Ricus, thanks for these statistics. This ininiative is indeed a remarkable one and I trust that next year we will be able to involve even more learners. I believe this year over 100 000 learners were involved. Let’s aim for 250 000 next year!

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