eKitabu is a digital platform for ebooks.
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.
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.
Price can vary, having no cost up to 10.37 USD (KSh. 1,050).
Goal 4 : Quality education
Users can obtain the service from eKitabu website and eKitabu e-reader application.
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.
Mobile Internet, SMS, voice, Fixed Internet, Wi-Fi, etc
2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, broadband, dial-up, other [specify]
Smartphone, feature phone, computer, tablet, other [specify]
bluetooth, Wifi, camera, IVR, GPS, Accelerometers/Motion sensors, physiologic biosensors, biometric identifiers, SIM, Memory card (e.g microSD), other [specify]
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work. Some apps/services can work offline.
he product/service able to receive and send back information to the user?
Support according to the literacy level required from the user. If no, the user is intended to be literate.
Android, IOs, Windows, or other [specify]
Uninterrupted power supply (UPS), ocassional power supply [minimum time required], other
education equipment, educational behavior change, human resource management, decision support, data collection & analytics, electronic education records, education provider, stock management, special education surveillance and reporting
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
This platform does not have technical support provided. Users are expected to contact the given email if questions arise.
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.
The designers have observed a 146.3% increase in submissions of essays as it comes from collaboration between teachers and partners.
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer.
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
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.
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.
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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