Students in schools under the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Pilot Project can now learn about Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey through an exciting new interactive book made available free on the tablets.
The book, Up You Mighty Race, An Introduction to Marcus Garvey written by Adrian Mandara, targets children aged five to 12 years old and “provides a gamified learning experience for readers”, according to Lloyd Laing, Research and Development Officer at LMH Publishing Ltd.
Mr. Mandara is a former Principal of Wolmer’s Prep School and former Dean of Discipline at Wolmer’s Girls School.
Gamification is the process of turning an activity into a game to make it more interesting, and the publishers LMH have achieved this by including a number of games and interactive quizzes in the online experience. Included also is a link to view a video on Marcus Garvey.
“There are not many books on the market that create such a balance for younger and older readers”, says Mr. Laing, noting also that the traditional hard copy version is also available.
The online interactive book is part of the company’s thrust to position itself as the leader in digital publications in Jamaica and the region, says LMH’s Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Henry.
“We have the ability to convert any book into any format”, Mrs. Henry, who is the wife of the company’s founder, veteran publisher and Parliamentarian, Mike Henry.
LMH has also partnered with Singapore-based publisher Marshall Cavendish in publishing Math Buddies on the tablets in the TIS Pilot Project.
LMH is impressed by the work of e-LJam and is grateful for the opportunity to get its titles into the hands of thousands of students through the TIS Project.
“It’s a very ambitious and landmark project that has the potential to change the social landscape in Jamaica. It attempts to bridge the digital disparity that developing countries are challenged with. e-Learning Jamaica has gone above and beyond the expectations of a lot of other countries with this particular project”, Mr. Laing stated.