1. What’s Telematics?
Telematics is the blending of information and telecommunications technologies to convey information over large networks. Learners, irrespective of their locality, are able to interact with teachers in fully interactive virtual learning spaces. Click here to learn more about the origins of Telematics within Stellenbosch University
1. 2. When did this programme start?
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) entered into a partnership with the University of Stellenbosch in 2009 to help learners in disadvantaged communities to use the Telematics infrastructure at the university. The goal is not to replace teachers but to provide additional support in explaining difficult concepts in 9 key subjects.
3. How does it work?
Teachers broadcast lessons to selected schools via satellite and stream lessons using web-based technologies. During the broadcasts, there is live interaction between the teachers and learners via a web interface and mobile technology. Additional support is also given in form of subject workbooks, the Telematic Schools website and access to the library of past broadcasts.
1. 4. Who provides the lessons?Experienced teachers, subject advisors and curriculum specialists present their lessons, planned by WCED subject specialists. The presenters teach from the studio on the Stellenbosch University campus and it is broadcasted from there, via satellite and Internet broadband.
1. 5. How do you ensure participation?Learners participate in a large "cyber classroom" by posing questions in real time by email and communication apps. Presenters pose questions and receive immediate responses from learners.
1. 6. What about learning materials?District offices offer these workbooks. However, learners and teachers can also download these resources for the lessons from the Telematics Schools website. Each school is provided one login password which can be used by everyone at the school.
Example of login details
Username: Telematics Password: TeleStel208!
If you need the login sent again, email firstname.lastname@example.org
7. What subjects are you teaching?
Telematics covers English (HL and FAL), Afrikaans (HT and EAT), Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Key concepts of these subjects are covered in each broadcast. Past broadcasts can be obtained from district office and should be incorporated in the teacher’s own lesson plan.
1. 8. What grades are you covering?We started Telematics for Grade 12 revision. However, Grade 10 and 11 content is also covered, at the end of the year, once Grade 12 learners’ exams start. We encourage grade 11 learners to participate by also attending the Grade 12 lessons which will help them prepare for their final exams.
9. 9. When do you broadcast the lessons?
The termly broadcast schedule can be found on the Telematic Schools website. Click here for the schedule.
1. 10. Where can I get hold of recordings?Contact your school’s district official to inquire about the termly DVDs we distribute. For past years’ recordings you can purchase them at Edumedia. For details on how to order recordings, click here.
11. What do you do, if there is a problem with the equipment or broadcasts?
When experiencing technical difficulties please contact the Telematic Schools help desk before doing troubleshooting on your own.
Call: (021) 808 9507 or 4129