28 October 2013

Tanzania: IT Expert Advocates Whiteboard Technology

LEARNING institutions, health facilities and businesses in Tanzania have an opportunity to enhance efficiency by engaging interactive whiteboard technology in their operations, says an Information and Technology (IT) expert.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Learning Technology Solutions Tanzania Mercy Muro made the remarks in Dar es Salaam over the weekend during a training session on the use of technology to various stakeholders.

"The whiteboard technology is an interactive tool that is ideal for teaching, providing health services and also for conducting meetings since it can be integrated to video-conferencing," Ms Muro elaborated.

She urged schools and other learning institutions to partner with financial institutions to acquire the state-of-the art technology.

"Some countries in the East African region have been advocating for one-laptop per child in public schools but this could be the best model of meeting that dream," the IT expert said.

Learning Technology Solutions Kenya's Director Faisal Ibrahim said the cost of equipment is about USD 3,000 dollars (about 4.8m/-) for a 78-inch whiteboard, including training and installation.

"A number of private and public schools in Kenya have acquired the technology so is the case with some few private schools in Tanzania," Mr Ibrahim told participants at the training. An interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer.

A projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device.

The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand. They are used in a variety of settings, including classrooms at all levels of education, in corporate board rooms and work groups, in training rooms for professional sports coaching, in broadcasting studios and others.

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