Using Technology to Improve the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics and Science

86
Schools
5217
Grade 11 Learners Receiving Weekly Live Lessons
3708
Grade 12 Learners Receiving Weekly Live Lessons
24576
Maths and Science Learners benefitting from our technology
190
e-Learning Classrooms
How We Operate
Ligbron e-Learning System connects schools all over SA to an online learning network. Live streaming of mathematics and science lessons are shared by using video conferencing and desktop sharing. Each e-Learning classroom has an e-Boxx with a SMART interactive whiteboard, LCD screen with a digital camera, sound system and microphone. The LCD screen shows the image of the teachers/learners from linked schools, enabling them to take an active part in the lesson. The SMARTboards display the presentation of the presenter and any student and teacher can write on the SMARTboard and ask questions from their own school and it will be displayed and heard at all schools.
In brief the success of the Ligbron e-Learning System can be attributed to:

Clear, concise maths & science lessons that follow exactly the curriculum as laid out by the Dept of Education. These lessons are streamed live at pre-arranged times on three days of every week.

Ligbron e-Learning System also includes all day-to-day lessons in Maths and Science from Grades 8-12.

Questions and answers evolving from these lessons are highlighted.

Teachers are given software training and receive a certificate after successful completion.

Project management is a key component and includes regular contact by phone, constant monitoring of the log-in to live sessions, quarterly meetings with all e-Learning teachers to address and assist them with any problems they may encounter plus pre- and post-testing.

All equipment is safe-guarded with stringent security including steel enclosures with 3-way locking systems and pepper-spray alarm systems.

The Online Resource centre is available to all connected schools.

Our Mission

To offer online services to schools for live tutoring by experienced Mathematics and Science teachers.
To train Mathematics and Science teachers to become specialist teachers.
To focus on rural and underperforming schools.
To improve results in Grade 12 in these subjects.
To share online Mathematics and Science resources to schools that are connected to the Ligbron e-Learning network.
To manage and monitor all projects that are connected to the Ligbron e-Learning network.

Our Vision
To expand from the six provinces in which Ligbron currently operates into all nine provinces of South Africa.
To bridge the rural-urban divide and attempt to provide all SA learners and teachers with the same opportunities.
To help children realise their dream of following careers in science, engineering, medicine, aviation and accountancy.

The Ligbron e-Learning Concept

8 Pillars of Support

Using e-Learning Technologies To Improve The Quality Of Teaching And Learning

01

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY

SMART interactive whiteboard
Projector
Audio system
Camera & microphone
e-BOXX streaming device
Security (Burglar bars, Door & alarm)




02

CONTENT

Teacher Support
SMART Notebook lessons of all topics
Video recorded lesson of each topic
Questions/Answers on related topic
Aligned with CAPS
Math & Science software

03

e-BOOK

Learner Support
Download e-Book app/content on handheld device:
e-Book of SMARTboard lessons
Video recorded lesson of each topic
All lessons available offline
Small size e-book
Learner can make text notes on e-Book
Learner can record voice notes on e-Book
Each topic: Learner test with instant results

04

LIVE INTERACTIVE STREAMING

Live interactive streaming
Highly qualified & experienced teachers
Grade 11 & 12 Mathematics & Science
Mo - Gr 11 Maths
Tue - Gr 12 Maths
Wed - Gr 11 Science
Thu - Gr 12 Science
Video, voice and interactive communication between tutor and students/teachers

05

ONLINE RESOURCE CENTRE

All live streaming lessons & notes
Recorded videos of all live streaming lessons
Additional class tests, exam papers, lesson notes and assignments

06

TRAINING & TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

Live streaming sessions for teachers
Topic discussions
Teacher training & development

07

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Online teacher support
Call centre
Maintenance on all hardware & software
Online & onsite technical support

08

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Management & monitoring of each school
Reports & feedback to partners
Teacher support
Monitoring of live sessions
Steering committee meetings each term
Site visits by monitoring team
Maintenance

My marks improved drastically thanks to this programme. It profoundly influenced my education and ensured that I am where I am today. I am very thankful to Ligbron and to their sponsors for giving children this opportunity. It enriches the lives of children who would have been lost in the system. Students need good results in maths and science to get a proper education for a better future.
Nodida Sikhosana
Ligbron e-Learning System Graduate from Camden Combined School
Nodida Sikhosana

A Ligbron e-Learning Success Story

Nodida studied at Camden Combined School in Ermelo and, in Grade 10, he averaged from 50% to 60% for Maths and 40% for Science. He was determined to improve as his dream was to become a doctor but he was struggling with these subjects. The following year, 2014, Nodida benefited from the Ligbron e-Learning System which had been installed at his school in 2011 but only applied to Grades 11 & 12.

His average for Maths increased to 65% and for Science to an astonishing 70%. In Grade 12 this trend continued and he matriculated with 78% for Maths and 89% for Science.

With the help of Natasia Marx (Project Manager of Ligbron e-Learning), and a bursary from the Department of Education, he was offered a place at a University in Russia. Last year he finished his first year studies with an average of 90%. He comes home to do his practical at the Ermelo Provincial Hospital.

Our Track Record

Ligbron e-Learning System has been the recipient of many national ond international awards for innovative distance learning techniques.

2009
Microsoft SA Peer Review Award winner, Johannesburg
Microsoft PAN African Silver Award, Mauritius
World Bank Award for "Innovation In Education"
Microsoft Worldwide Innovation Forum Award, Brazil
2010
EBA Community Project of the Year Award, Ermelo SA
SMART Technology; 1st Africa Showcase School, Canada
Star in Education Award, Durban SA
2012
National Teachers' Award - Excellence in ICT, Provincial Winners and National 2nd place
Public Service Innovator of the Year
Centre for Public Service Innovation Award, Johannesburg SA
2014
Achievers' Awards - Best Public Sector Training Programme
Achievers' Awards - Most Innovative Training Programme
CAPAM International Innovation Award - Semi-Finalist
2017
National Teachers' Award - Grade 12 Mathematics Teacher - 3rd in SA
National Teachers' Award - Grade 12 Science Teacher - Top 9 in SA
Top 10 Mathematics School in SA
Excellence in Leadership National Winner SAOU, Pretoria SA
Global LearnTech Award for Excellence in e-Learning, World Education Congress, Mumbai, India
Examples of Improvements at Schools
Grade 12 Overall Pass Rate Increase
Grade 12 Science Pass Rate Increase
Grade 12 Maths Pass Rate Increase
Pre/Post Testing

These tests are done periodically to determine the extent of the benefit to learners from e-Learning classes. Ligbron teachers arrive at a school unannounced and give pupils a 10-minute test. They then give a 40-minute lesson on this topic after which the pupils sit another test. These are the results:

Our Project Management Structure
All installations are carried out by the Ligbron e-Learning technical team, asset registers are set up and signed by all principals who take responsibility for the equipment.
Every e-Learning teacher gets software training and receives a certificate after successful completion. Teachers also get basic practical hands-on technical training to help them sort out problems.
All schools are monitored using the following processes:
  • Quarterly meetings with all e-Learning teachers to assist and support.
  • Year-to-Year results of the Grade 12s.
  • Pre-/Post Testing.
  • Log-in statistics are compiled to monitor each transmission to every school.
  • Grade 12s have to write a "Grade 11 Knowledge Test" to determine their knowledge of Grade 11 work after which the teacher can analyse which Grade 11 work to revise again as the CAPS document doesn't allow for time in the pacesetter for revision even though Grade 11 work counts for 50% of the exam papers.
  • Ligbron e-Learning uses a wireless-connected server as well as a cloud server to share resources to all these schools. The following resources are available:
    Admin: Meeting Minutes, Asset Registers, Reports, Calendars & Knowledge Tests.
    Maths & Science: Test and Exam papers, Memos, Lesson Notes, Recorded Lessons.
The Ligbron e-Learning technical team is responsible for all maintenance of software, hardware, internet issues and any technical problems that the schools may experience and cannot solve themselves. Routine visits take place to try and preclude this from happening.
Our Partners

The Ligbron team would like to express its gratitude to our loyal partners without whose support no project could take place. The number of pupils who benefit directly and indirectly from Ligbron's input is growing exponentially year by year.

By investing in this project our partners are promoting the development of doctors, accountants, pilots, scientists and engineers of the future.

All donations to Ligbron e-Learning System are exempt from tax.

Registration No. for Section 21 Status is 800004937. The PBO (Public Benefit Organisation) No is 930011869.

Fill out the form and we'll be in touch soon!
Contact Us
Visit Our Office

11 Voortrekker Street
Ermelo
2350

Let's Talk

Phone: +27 17811 2998
ligbronelearningsystem@ligbron.co.za

Postal Address

PRIVATE BAG X9033
ERMELO
2350

Chief Executive Officer

Frans Kalp
+27 83 469 7819

Managing Director

Dup van Rensburg
+27 82 876 5197

Project Manager

Natasia Marx
+27 84 805 0674

IT Manager

Johan van Heerden
+27 82 889 7727

KZN Liaison Officer

Sue Reeve
+27 83 400 6555

Nozi Gumede
+27 72 761 9863

Western Cape Liaison Officer

Jo Mostert
+27 79 693 7962

Gauteng Liaison Officer

Natasia Marx
+27 84 805 0674

Mpumalanga Liaison Officer

Natasia Marx
+27 84 805 0674

Limpopo Liaison Officer

Natasia Marx
+27 84 805 0674

Eastern Cape Liaison Officer

Frans Kalp
+27 83 469 7819

Northern Cape Liaison Officer

Frans Kalp
+27 83 469 7819