27 November 2012

Uganda: Kampala Varsity in Google APPs for Classes

Kampala — Kyambogo one of the leading institutions of higher education in the country has launched the use of Google apps for education in tutoring.

According to Justine Zawedde Kyambogo's Google ambassador, the tools will make communication and scheduling of lectures between tutors and students simplified.

"The applications provide avenues for sharing and working on the same project by different individuals at the same time within different vicinities," explained Zawedde.

The launched applications include the chrome book for education that aids students and lecturers with simple solutions for fast, intuitive and easy management of computing, Docs to be used in doing and sharing word documents on line, Gmail, calendar, Google Development Groups (GDGs), drive and vault.

The apps will not only be used within computing courses, Zawedde says they will keep integrating the technology throughout the University to see that even students pursuing social courses benefit from the initiative since now technology is applicable to all codes of life.

"If well integrated, students will use them in their focus group discussions as every member of a particular group will be given a pass word to the site such that he/she can access the project any time," she said.

It's on this note that she calls upon the government and the university administration to provide stable internet connections to the students such that their lectures and projects are not compromised.

Introduction of applications for education is an initiative by Google to build out infrastructures in universities around the world to get students and tutors use on line tools.

The applications are already in use by Makerere University, Kampala International, Makerere University Business School and Gulu University.

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