Reading and Writing made Easy on the EduTab

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          The EduTab was developed as a tool of integrating ICT in education. Because of that, we continue to improve our offering in educational content, always researching the best Apps, Videos and Books to help your child develop the right cognitive abilities to enable them be open to life long learning. Today, let’s cover 2 major Apps that get your child learn how to read, spell and write. Jolly Phonics It contains Songs, Games, Tests Jolly Phonics Lessons provides resources and lesson plans to teach phonics lessons. Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children … Read More

The Electric Block Kit, solving an Educational Conundrum

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Sammy has a dream of building space ships. His father Paul Asiimwe  has a dream of helping his son reach his loftiest ambitions. This is a scenario that happens in many households in Uganda and Africa at large but one cant help but worry whether our globally connected children have the same shot at life as their counterparts in western and  other industrialized countries. Our education system is antiquated, a relic of colonial times when Africans were trained to become office clerks or factory workers. It is a passive system that puts the teacher rather than the student at the … Read More

Collaboration With American Embassy to Scale STEM Education in Uganda

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Without a doubt , Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) education is what Africa needs to achieve the phenomenal promise of economic success envisaged in this century. As the continent with the youngest population, the future for Africa lies in skilling the young ones with the skills that count in this digitised global economy. STEM skills create economic value through spurring entrepreneurship which creates jobs and the economic prosperity we are all looking forward to as a continent. We together with Yaaka digital learning network, a company that is creating digitised Uganda national curriculum content, are training students either … Read More

TOD Yaaka Computer

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In true 21st century style, The TOD Idea ltd and Multimedia Consult Ltd have collaborated to bring you the TOD Yaaka Computer. According to Multimedia Consult ltd’s Gerald Businge, the TOD Yaaka will provide parents and students with offline access to Uganda  National Curriculum content from nursery  through primary and secondary school. As the needs of society and the skills required to thrive in today’s world have shifted over time, the call to use technology to teach young learners in becoming creators, mathematical and computational thinkers, collaborators, inventors and problem solvers and communicators has not changed. TOD Yaaka computer is … Read More

DigiFit 1.0

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DigiFit 1.0 is a new fitness bracelet by The TOD Idea Ltd. We are out to stick our foot into the digital health solution business by harness the power of technology to help people achieve their health and physical fitness objectives. “The good thing is that non-communicable diseases are easy to prevent. One simply has to change lifestyles, exercise and eat well. The increase in cases of cancer, diabetes, heart diseases especially in urban areas is because people eat too much and do not exercise.” President Museveni while launching the National Physical Activity Day at Kololo Grounds on Sunday, 8th … Read More

Coding Will Improve Your Child’s Writing Abilities

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Coding Will Improve Your Child’s Writing Abilities  The average score for literacy at primary 3, and primary 6 in 2010 was at a low of 47% and 40% respectively. In addition, 60% of the learners in primary  3 and about 70% in primary 6 were below the 50% proficiency level for literacy for their respective grades.(NAPE 2010). By integrating ICTs in education, the TOD Idea Ltd looks to tackle this challenge. In this article, I endeavour to show how coding, a very vital 21st century skill, can improve yet another vital 21st century skill, literacy, with a bias towards creative … Read More

DigiTracker, a tool for Peace of Mind for today’s parent

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Kidnapping can be a terrifying fact of life in Uganda today. We have recently witnessed a spike in disheartening kidnapping which usually end up in deaths. There should be a way to keep the children safe and in case of emergency, the children should be under parents’ control. GPS tracking systems including GPS kids tracker and Web tracking software should be helpful for tracking and rescuing the kidnapped or lost children or any person. That’s why at the TOD Idea, we’ve brought you the Digi Tracker!  1- Location: Uses GPS and Base Station technology to give you an accurate location … Read More

EduTab 10! The Revolution continues

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Introducing the EduTab 10 For some of you, the children are developing their ICT skills that the Wi-Fi only original children’s EduTab  no longer inspires.­ We have designed for you the EduTab 10 ! The EduTab 10 has a 10.1 inch screen for wider view, 1GB RAM for faster processing , 16GB storage extendable by 32GB using an external memory card and resolution of 1280*920 which is kind to the eye. EduTab 10 has dual sim slots to give you the option of accessing mobile internet if you so desire. However, for nursery and primary school level, all the educational … Read More

The Educational Benefits of building block Robots like Legos or Lepins

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To some people the educational benefits of playing with the colourful, multi-faceted bricks aren’t always clear. I have crafted some key benefits of creating, configuring and crafting with building blocks. Robotics as a whole develops problem solving and mathematical thinking. Following instructions to assemble Lego or other building blocks also has a lot of benefits for children’s problem solving, focus and attention to detail. Ideas of symmetry, balance, shapes and sizes are explored during play with building blocks. For example, children experience working with fractions when they observe how many small pieces can fit into a large piece and can … Read More

TV and the upcoming holiday

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For many years, actually since 2009, I haven’t had a TV in my house. I just simply did not agree with the widely held “universal truth” that TV is a must have for the children. I prefer that we talk,read or play. I hope I made the right choice. Children are very impressionable and it is important to control what their minds are exposed to. Time spent watching television takes away from important activities such as reading, homework, playing, exercise, family interaction, and social development. While television can entertain, inform, and keep our children company, it may also influence them … Read More