Snapplify is at the forefront of edtech solutions in Africa, and specialises in enabling digital learning for individuals and institutions via the largest digital educational marketplace in Africa.
As a socially minded company, Snapplify is committed to supporting others and creating sustainable change through collaboration and innovation. Snapplify empowers, inspires, and uplifts teachers via Teacha! (a media hub, resource marketplace, and careers portal for educators); is the digital content partner on a project that delivers technology and e-learning to public schools in South Africa’s Gauteng province, and runs impact programmes through the Snapplify Foundation.
As a global edtech company, Snapplify strives for radical inclusion to level the playing field and equip students and educators with the world-class tools they need to collaborate, innovate and thrive. Snapplify’s technology is used in other educational products to facilitate collaboration throughout the educational community.
Snapplify was awarded the Africa Region Gold Award at the 2020 Reimagine Education Conference and Awards in London and included on the esteemed 2020 HolonIQ EdTech 50 list – honours that are indicative of the company’s calibre in tech innovations.
Frequently asked questions about the Snapplify story
What does the Snapplify marketplace consist of?
Snapplify Engage combines Snapplify’s collaborative e-learning products into one platform – giving schools access to their own robust 24-hour-access digital content library, and allowing institutions to purchase textbooks (hardcopy and digital) and share teacher-created, multimedia resource materials with students. As part of our commitment to help schools to build digital learning ecosystems that suit educators and students, we also supply devices.
For institutions with low connectivity or minimal bandwidth, our award-winning Snappbox – Snapplify’s hardware distribution solution for ebooks – can be preloaded with educational content, which students can then access directly through their school.
How are Snapplify solutions optimised for emerging markets?
The greatest problem in emerging markets remains the accessibility of educational resources. Not all academic institutions or libraries have devices or high-speed internet, which makes digital books and e-textbooks a less viable alternative to physical textbooks. Despite the many challenges, these institutions want and need to be a part of the digital age, complete with all the benefits. In parallel to building our full service suite of e-learning products, we work to make e-learning accessible in areas where internet connectivity is limited, devices are not brand new and/or data is expensive. We improve and adapt existing systems to better service emerging market classrooms, so that students and teachers have access to top-tier educational technology, regardless of the infrastructural challenges they face. In areas where connectivity is poor, or even where there is no internet at all, Snapplify’s Snappbox can be preloaded with thousands of ebooks, which students can access instantly offline. In addition to this, Snapplify’s diversity of device integration allows schools to use our products on the devices that they already have access to, without having to invest in costly digital infrastructure upgrades. Snapplify has also made the sharing of devices as easy and user-friendly as possible. If required, the same device can be used for multiple Snapplify Reader app accounts, so that individual notes and digital reading lists do not get mixed up. Snapplify’s vast content catalogue of curriculum-aligned resources from top publishers continues to grow to meet the curricula requirements (national and international) of new territories.
As part of our commitment to tackle issues around access and give schools the opportunity to explore digital learning at no cost, Snapplify has also released a free version of Engage – Snapplify’s award-winning e-learning and digital library solution. Through the Engage platform, educators can share teacher-created, multimedia resource materials with students; administrators can manage the access and permissions for multiple student and staff accounts; schools can host their own digital content library (which comes with over 50 000 free resources including study guides, e-textbooks, past exam papers for multiple curricula, children’s books in African languages and more); and students and parents can purchase prescribed e-textbooks. Any institution can register for Engage, for free, and get started immediately. In addition, the Snapplify Teacher Benefits programme, available for free through Engage, changes the way that teachers access and share educational resources, and includes wide promotional discounts and giveaways.
Making Engage easily available and free directly impacts access to educational materials in emerging markets and gives more students the opportunity to pursue their personal and professional goals. Plus, digital learning and reading platforms enable educators and students to engage with content, and each other, like never before while simultaneously working on technology soft skills required for tertiary education and the modern workplace.
The response to the launch of the free platform has been overwhelmingly positive, with registrations from institutions across the globe, including Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mauritius and more – an impressive footprint that shows that we are tapping in to and meeting the existing needs of the market.
Has Snapplify received recognition for its work?
Does Snapplify engage with government stakeholders?
In support of national-level goals for the education sector, we have also been working as the official digital content partner on the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) eLTSM project that delivers technology and e-learning to public schools in South Africa’s Gauteng province. This is the largest national-level intervention in digital education in South Africa at this time, and is widely lauded for its progressive trend setting.
We have also worked closely with the head of the e-learning directorate in the Eastern Cape to make digital materials more widely accessible via Snapplify’s Engage platform, and to support and train their e-learning coordinators. As a partner of the Eastern Cape Department of Education, Snapplify has trained 130 district and school personnel in how to use Snapplify’s technology and educational resources to drive the adoption of digital education in their districts; enabled thousands of learners to continue learning remotely during pandemic-related school closures; and loaded the Snapplify Reader application on 55 000 devices that have been provided to matric learners.
In addition to this involvement, we have been supporting the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) with reading initiatives in schools.
What is Snapplify doing in the higher education space?
With the UNISA ebook store (powered by Snapplify technology), nearly 400 000 UNISA students not only have instant access to Snapplify’s extensive catalogue (300 000+ titles from leading local and international publishers), but purchasing prescribed e-textbooks and additional reading materials is quick and easy. Snapplify’s ebook offering includes top-quality academic ebooks across a variety of tertiary subjects, as well as bestselling fiction and non-fiction. Using the Snapplify Reader, students can access these digital resources online or offline, on mobile, tablet, or desktop devices.
Is Snapplify funded?
What has Snapplify done to assist students, teachers and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Providing parents, learners and teachers in South Africa and Kenya with short-term, no-cost access to a broad selection of curriculum-aligned resources (which they would usually have to pay for) has ensured continued access to education during a time of global crisis and shone a light on the crucial role technology has to play in continuing to increase access to quality education globally.
Since its launch in April 2020, the Free Access programme delivered half a million free e-textbooks to students. Millions of US dollars’ worth of e-textbooks have been provided for free to parents, learners and teachers, addressing a critical need for educational resources.
For many students and teachers, this has been their first-ever encounter with digital content, and the overwhelmingly positive response is an encouraging indicator of the future of digital tools in remote and blended classrooms – when these are well executed, and designed to address specific challenges that schools and educators face.
As part of the South African government’s support for the education sector during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown, Snapplify has also been included in the list of educational-content websites being zero-rated by telecommunications companies. As a result, South African citizens can access these key resources with no data charges.
How does Snapplify help educators specifically?
In early 2020, Snapplify acquired Onnie Media / Teacha! – an educator media hub, resource marketplace and careers portal for South African teachers. This acquisition has allowed us to expand our offering even further, offering valuable teacher support tools that make a real difference.
To drive effective integration of digital tools, we have always worked closely with schools in order to nurture and support educators. As most students tend to be more au fait with technology than their teachers, we curate an online resource repository, as well as offer a virtual technical support helpdesk to ensure that learners and educators can use the tools confidently to suit their needs. Each school is different and Snapplify offers solutions that best fit their varying needs. For example, Oakley House (Cape Town, South Africa) require academic features in the Snapplify Reader app that are suitable for special needs students, whereas Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent School (Durban, South Africa) have prioritised setting up their digital library to enhance learning and inspire curiosity.