Updated on June 10, 2024

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Created on July 23, 2019

eKitabu

Open-source

eKitabu is a digital platform for ebooks.

Developed By
  1. eKitabu
Tested By
  • eKitabu
Content Partners
Unknown

Author

Product Description

eKitabu delivers access to books through digital content eBooks for education. This open source platform provides: Utilization of content by students and teachers by access of government approved reading materials including textbooks and story books, measures students literacy through exam scores and digital essay competition metrics. For student with special needs like the blind and visually impaired, the app reads book aloud while for the deaf or hard hearing individuals, the app includes videos with local sign language.

eKitabu has partnered with Moran Publishers and Oxford University Press and collaborated with Kenya ministry of Education, UNICEF Kenya and Global Book Alliance.

Target SDGs

SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Market Suggested Retail Price

$10.37

Market Suggested Retail Price (Secondary Currency)

KSh. 1,050

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

This product has been implemented by over 600 schools in Kenya and through programs like DFID's Girls Education Challenge project; that brings over 200 schools in marginalized arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya.

Manufacturing/Building Method

N/A

Intellectural Property Type

Open-source

User Provision Model

Users can obtain the service from eKitabu website and eKitabu e-reader application.

Distributions to Date Status

This product has been implemented by over 600 schools in Kenya. 13,064 students from 356 schools from 44 counties in Kenya participated in the eKitabu digital essay competition as of February 2018.

Telecommunication service required

Internet connection, web and mobile application

Level of connection service needed

4G, 3G, LTE

Device(s) required

Computer, tablet, or smartphone

Additional features required

Mobile application: eKitabu e-reader

Permanent network connectivity required (Y/N[specify],Other [specify])

No. The e-Library can be used while offline.

Two way communication (Y/N)

Yes

Usage rate (%)

13,000 students are using the platform in Kenya

Literacy support (Y (specify) /N)

Yes. Exam evaluation and digital essay competition.

Languages available (list)

English, Swahili, French and German

Operating system and version

Android 5.0+

Version: 1.0.3-7

Power requirements

N/A

eEducation application

eKitabu e-reader

Design Specifications

eKitabu platform offers the following features: Digital essay competition for students. The digital essay competition in 2018 registered 13,064 students from 356 schools from 44 counties in Kenya. 103 Special needs students from 4 schools participated. Teachers training materials including:

  • Word documents like Mathematics lesson plan, Science lesson plan and ICT Integration lesson plan.
  • Spreadsheet database like exams results spreadsheets, exam analysis and marksheet.
  • PowerPoint Presentations like Lesson presentation, Lesson Plan presentation and Spreadsheet for Teachers Training.
  • Google Forms like CRE (Christian Religious Education) test, Kiswahili test, Social Studies test

Product Schematics

Technical Support

This platform does not have technical support provided. Users are expected to contact the given email if questions arise.

Replacement Components

N/A

Lifecycle

N/A

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

This platform was designed with the aim of providing high school and primary school students and teachers with access to inclusive and quality education for all.

Vetted Performance Status

The designers have observed a 146.3% increase in submissions of essays as it comes from collaboration between teachers and partners.

Safety

No known safety hazards are related to this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

A device with a display is needed to use this product. This includes computers, tablets and/or smart phones. Also, to access the app, internet connection is needed.

Academic Research and References

“Impact.” n.d. Ekitabu.Com. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://www.ekitabu.com/impact

“DevTracker Programme GB-1-202372.” n.d. Gov.Uk. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://devtracker.fcdo.gov.uk/programme/GB-1-202372/summary

“EKitabu Shop – Home.” n.d. Ekitabu.Com. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://shop.ekitabu.com/kenyan-syllabus.html 

“?Connecting to App Store.” n.d. Apple.Com. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kitabu/id492498910 

“Readium Website.” n.d. Readium.Org. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://readium.org/ 

“Goal 4.” n.d. Sdgs.Un.Org. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal4

“EKitabu.” n.d. Ekitabu.Com. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://www.ekitabu.com/

“EKitabu E-Reader.” n.d. APKPure.Com. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://apkpure.com/ekitabu-e-reader/org.readium.ekitabu

“EKitabu.” n.d. Ekitabu.Com. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://www.ekitabu.com/news/2018-digital-essay-competition-winners-and-finalists-list

“ICT NEREIZA.” n.d. Google Docs. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv8NWXkkm3PuL_V9x7mHM9Vm8IpdCo3pgc9a1Fl2SJqmPXbA/viewform?c=0&w=1

“Kiswahili Class 8 2014.” n.d. Google Docs. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcG8Fq4Usg2PRyLFXnIEzeABFwj56hcXVD4f3Dnws7u7EuJg/viewform

“Social Studies.” n.d. Google Docs. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdv5idptJ8DuiS0op_iIZv42EbMuutrrNAuxsPmspdmNKKnUg/viewform

“EKitabu E-Reader – Official App in the Microsoft Store.” n.d. Microsoft Apps. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://apps.microsoft.com/detail/9mtzsjs9jsvw?activetab=pivot%3Aoverviewtab&hl=en-us&gl=US

Nyayieka, Ivy. 2018. “Digital Books Firm EKitabu Inks More Deals This Year.” Business Daily. September 25, 2018. https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/corporate/companies/Digital-books-firm-eKitabu-inks-more-deals-this-year/4003102-4777736-1231wpu/index.html

“Office of Innovation.” n.d. Unicef.Org. Accessed June 10, 2024. https://www.unicef.org/innovation/node/61

Compliance with regulations

This product has been certified with Kenya Ministry of Education as the platform has done a collaboration with the ministry and the reading materials are those approved by the government and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

Evaluation methods

The iTOYA competition for ICT teacher evaluation criteria is based on: Improvement Index in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) for the last 3 years in teaching the subject. Preparation of learners for “life long learning”, in topics such as environment conservation, water harvesting, etc. Use of ICT in lesson delivery.

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