A teacher at Msaranga Secondary School in Moshi uses Epoptes to project her screen and write messages onto each student's screen

A teacher at Msaranga Secondary School in Moshi uses Epoptes to project her screen and write messages onto each student’s screen

This March, Camara Tanzania dispatched 25 computers each to ten different schools in Moshi, Tanzania, including Anna Mkapa Secondary School and Msasani Secondary School, pictured. These eLearning Centres are part of a larger, twenty school project. The twenty schools are located in Moshi (10), Dar es Salaam (5) and the remote southern Katavi region (5).

Students at Msasani Secondary School in Moshi observe what their teacher has projected onto their screens

Students at Msasani Secondary School in Moshi observe what their teacher has projected onto their screens

Camara took this opportunity, behind the leadership and push of Aseidas Blauvelt, Camara eWaste and Data Officer, to pilot a potentially highly-impactful classroom learning tool: Epoptes. Developed by the Greek government for their school system, Epoptes is an open-source classroom management and learning tool which allows teachers maximum ability to both monitor and teach their students. The tool itself allows the server computer, networked to all other screens in the classroom, to do things such as view all other screens, write messages to appear on other screens, lock out screens, and display the server screen on those of the students.

Camara is always searching for innovative and accessible ways to improve our impact and that often comes down to a teacher’s ability to reach their students more efficiently and effectively with our hardware.

Epoptes has now been loaded and taught to teachers of the ten Moshi and five Dar es Salaam schools. Thus far, teachers and students alike are all finding it a helpful tool. As the pilot continues to show great benefits to both teachers and students, Camara will explore ways in which we can fully-integrate the program into all of our schools and training sessions throughout the world.

A teacher at Anna Mkapa Secondary School in Moshi observing all of his students' screens from the Server with use of Epoptes

A teacher at Anna Mkapa Secondary School in Moshi observing all of his students’ screens from the Server with use of Epoptes

This is just one example of the work being carried out by Camara in Tanzania, last year we partnered with data provider Smile to deliver free internet to a number of eLearning centres. Over 1,000 computers were dispatched to 40 schools throughout Tanzania in 2013, and 245 educators were trained to effectively integrate ICT into their teaching.

In 2014 we are building on our success to deliver 21st century skills to more students across geographically disperse regions. We plan this year to double the number of computers we send to Tanzanian schools, and you can help us to achieve this by donating your used computers.

To find out more about Camara in Tanzania contact Alex.