8 top schoolsget tech help

2015-05-05 06:00
Gwynne Philander, principal of Ned Doman Secondary, says he is happy that the school’s matric pass rate increased from 56% to 70% in the past three years. The school is one of eight schools to be rewarded by ACSA for its top performance and/or most i

Gwynne Philander, principal of Ned Doman Secondary, says he is happy that the school’s matric pass rate increased from 56% to 70% in the past three years. The school is one of eight schools to be rewarded by ACSA for its top performance and/or most i

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Eight schools in the Cape Town area were recently rewarded for their marks in the most recent matric ­results. The schools ­received interactive whiteboards as their prize.

The eight schools included three that were awarded for achieving the most ­improved matric results, namely Ned ­Doman Secondary in Athlone, Manyano and Hindle.

Five schools were rewarded for being top performers, namely Ravensmead, Elsies River, Valhalla, Florida and Cravenby. Each school received an interactive whiteboard – a total investment in E-teaching of R230 000.

The donation was made possible by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) through its “improving education through interactive technology” school upliftment project.

The schools which improved their matric pass rate to between 75% and 90% were identified by the education department.

“The initiative acknowledges and ­rewards schools that have increased their matric pass rate. These boards will allow teachers to use them as normal whiteboards with the versatility of connecting to the ­internet while teaching,” says Deborah Francis, acting spokesperson of ACSA.

“These boards will assist with teaching and even more so, help them achieve an even higher matric pass rate in future.”

Gwynne Philander, principal of Ned ­Doman Secondary, says the school is proud that its matric pass rate increased from 56% in 2012 to 70% in 2015.

He says the reward of an interactive whiteboard fits in perfectly with the school’s digital plan to deliberately equip every classroom with interactive technology by the end of April.

“We are well on track with developing technologically to aid in teaching, security at the school and using technology when teaching any subject,” says Philander.

Husain Mollagee, ICT coordinator at Ned Doman, says the school also has other smart technology, including smartboards, E-beams and cotton candy processor smart technology.

“It’s an attempt to bridge the gap and ­expose pupils to technology, as well as provide first-world access through visual stimulation that saves teachers time. Pupils can interact and it is convenient and effective,” says Mollagee.

He says the interactive whiteboard is an E-teaching tool as opposed to an E-learning tool. Teachers and pupils can write on the board, make notes and print directly from the board.

“The idea is to get our pupils interested and excited about technology. They definitely won’t be technologically disadvantaged when they finish matric here,” says Mollagee.

“The upliftment of the airport’s immediate surrounding communities is important to us, because education is the foundation for the development of any community,” says Francis

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