Tablets over textbooks at Boksburg school

2012-09-27 14:14

Johannesburg - A private school in Boksburg has done away with paper textbooks in favour of e-books, e-mail and tablet computers, The Star reported on Thursday.

The Sunward Christian Academy would become an "e-school" next year, with free wi-fi which pupils would use to download their lessons to tablet computers.

Academy high school head Adele Huyzers told the newspaper the move would save money for the parents of the 200 pupils.

"A parent buying textbooks for their child would spend about R3 500. Using e-books will cost about R800," Huyzers said.

Homework could be e-mailed to students or handed to them on a memory stick.

Students would be able to use Google for their studies and could record lessons on video or audio.

According to The Star, a tablet would cost about R2 500 and was expected to last three or four years.

Parents would receive updates on their children's performances on their cellphones.

While the students would receive their lessons with tablets and different e-formats, the school had not completely done away with paper and pen.

Pupils would still have exercise books, would submit written work and write their exams using pen and paper.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-09-27 14:36

    This is just temptations to Thieves. But a good idea though

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-27 15:31

      Bennie,.....and yours in stupid. The comment is 100% correct. Please!!!!!!!

      Xavier7034 - 2012-09-27 18:49

      In Uruguay, EVERY single student has been supplied with a Laptop, with FREE Wifi Connection - "our" DUMB "President" Zuma has the cheek to lecture to the UN about Eddukation, and to be appointed to a UN Body on Education. Hell's teeth - he has messed up here already, don't spread the virus Zoema!

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-27 14:42

    They are already doing it in Europe.

      bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-09-27 15:15

      The dont have ANC in Europe thats why it works !!

      ngoako.mathekga - 2012-09-28 07:44

      SA is not Europe and give credit to the school with the idea which I believe many schools will follow it.

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-09-27 14:47

    Great stuff! Tablets are what they will be using when they enter the workplace anyways (or whatever is the evolution of the tablet by then)

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2012-09-27 14:51

    I suppose even with SA's sloooooow internet connections, textbooks are downloaded faster than delivery of actual books...

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-09-27 15:10


      russelllundie - 2012-09-27 15:31

      You know that your education has succeeded when you can read faster than GPRS can download the page :) I do think that 3G might a bit ambitious, but lets aim high and see...

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-27 15:14

    Loving the comments below (well in this case it might be above considering that my comment will start the bottom) but i must congratulate this school maybe Angie can learn a thing or two-lol

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-09-27 15:47

    Fantastic, well done, lets hope the rest see what happens when a whitey is in charge!!!

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-27 16:39

      In other school the only pads they use is Always

      Xavier7034 - 2012-09-27 18:50

      Out of order - BUITEN ORDER

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-27 16:03

    Somebody has begun to think out the box, a tab, for every kid, would probably work out the same, if not cheaper than all these text books that keep going missing due to these corrupt 'tendertrepreneurs' who take the books and sell it to scrap paper dealers, on top of the money they receive for the tender. In the case of tabs the scholars will surely ensure that they collect it themselves.

  • peter.khoury.524 - 2012-09-27 18:14

    @clifford.sithole.5: you are an ignorant, presumptuous prick! Where did the article say it was a white school??? Let's also not loose sight of the fact that YOUR black government has let YOUR black kids down and left them without textbooks. WTF do you have to say to that??? Your "poor me, I'm black" attitude is why you and those who share your peurile mindset will never achieve anything. You are a complete disgrace!

      Hannelie335i - 2012-09-28 10:41

      @peter.khoury.524,I love your response. My daughter goes to Sunward Christian Academy, it definitely isn't an all white school. The difference between SCA and your general everyday Govt. school is the fact that they actually care about education and the future of all their students. I paid the money for the tablet with a smile as well as the monthly school fees because it is worth every cent, she will one day walk away from that school with an education that is accepted world wide and not frowned upon. All kids in SCA is recognized every year with awards ranging from good behavior to academic excellence, they even include the extra mural activities that the kids take part in, where in SA does a Govt. school do that?????

  • cjhellyar - 2012-09-28 13:33

    Imagine trying to get a tablet to each scholar in Limpopo, never mind the rest of the logistics. Eish.

  • elridge.schwartz - 2012-09-28 15:33

    If the school has done their homework with regards to this purchase is done properly I am up for this step, otherwise you will have some very unhappy stakeholders. I am aware that it doesn’t matter if I give this a thumbs up or not, but in reality this is a radical step in this countries context and I’m thinking in terms the impact this might have as a model for other schools to adopt? I’m just thinking of the wear and tear aspect on the device? Upgrading software? Compatibility of the products of the different IT service providers? Will the school bear the cost of these devices or will the parents fund them? Regardless of the responses to my observations, I think this is a good step in principle.

  • briansurprisemhaleni.mhaleni - 2012-12-11 19:11

    Iam gonna use it in sunwarD park iam there.

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