Kytabu - The Entire Curriculum At Hand.
A tablet with all the content and audio/visual aids to help a teacher cater for any class with curriculum content for primary & secondary.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Kytabu is a tablet application that has all the curriculum content preinstalled and indexed together with added value content for primary and secondary schools in Kenya. The application comes with a GSM Sim card and a 16GB microSD for storage of textbooks, audiobooks, learning interactive games and content, a virtual classroom portal, tests and exams portal and edu-app store that hosts additional applications such as Khan academy among hundreds of other apps. All designed and stored in a clean and simple manner, a teacher can access content for any class, teach the content as per the curriculum, or create their own learning plans and tag them to the class for the next teacher or next time the teacher comes to class. With the help of a projector, the teacher can visually integrate a prerecorded learning session as a third teacher through the Virtual classroom option, giving them time to work with a student one-on-one, or assist the struggling students. The tests and exams portal allows teachers to provide students with pre-crafted questions and mark them easily and faster as well as rate performance and quickly analyse the students needs and weaknesses.
Teachers that work in hard-to-access areas such as Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and all their students, both in primary and secondary schools as well as adult learners. Additional content such as that for reproductive health, sanitation, security, current affairs, personal and communal laws and rights are available on the tablet both as text and audio/visual animation with updates.
1. Get sturdy android tablets with all the current content for teachers packed and ready.
2. Reach out to the community of 170 teachers we have worked with in Dadaab for a meet up. Provide them with the tablets and give them a set of metrics that will measure on the tablet.
3. Monitor usage from our backend and engage with the teachers directly from the Kytabu chat application for questions or concerns.
The pilots we have done with the application have shown that teachers don't need training to use it. Kytabu is simple and easy to understand or ask for help from a fellow teacher using the application. If we had a month's long pilot, we would A/B test teachers using Kytabu and those that are not to measure the impact, workload, engagement level and living standard improvement (because of personal tutoring opportunities) for the teachers. We would also measure the students with Kytabu using teachers in contrast to teachers that do not use Kytabu.
Training teachers in Dadaab on how to use Kytabu in February 2015.
The Kytabu Tablet with its drop and dust protection case.
Kytabu winning the best global startup and the Global Science and Technology summit, part of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Malaysia,in 2013.
Kytabu wins the best social impact innovation at the recent Citi Mobile Challenge held in four cities with 77 companies in financial education.
Kytabu winning the best mobile application at Pivot East, a regional African competition, in 2013.
SKILL SHARE (optional)
Partnerships and collaboration as well as human centric design of content.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
Born, raised and educated in Kenya, I have been an avid technology entrepreneur but with a passion for education. Being dyslexic in a public education system was extremely difficult and Kytabu is a responce to those challenges for teachers and students. Kytabu is based out of Kenya.
IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?
Yes, I have implementation capacity and am interested in and able to make this idea real in my community.