Disa Primary learners get tablet time

2016-10-25 06:00
Disa Primary School is working with technology business Think Ahead to integrate iPads in the class to introduce learners to the digital world.

Disa Primary School is working with technology business Think Ahead to integrate iPads in the class to introduce learners to the digital world.

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Disa Primary School in Hout Bay is embracing technology to improve the learning and teaching experience at the school.

Technology business Think Ahead hosted an open day at this school last Wednesday to demonstrate how teachers are using iPad apps to make lessons more interactive, personal and creative.

The objective of the day was to showcase how iPads have changed teaching and learning at this school, where learners mostly come from the Imizamo Yethu community.

Michelle Lissoos, managing director of Think Ahead, says: “We partner with schools to ensure meaningful integration of technology into the classroom. Think Ahead Education Solutions works with over 400 schools across South Africa. Part of Disa Primary School’s vision is to ‘break’ the chains of ignorance and poverty.”

Learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6 at Disa Primary have an iPad allocated to each of them to use throughout the school day.

The Foundation Phase learners have a bank of 30 iPads per grade that are circulated amongst the three classes in each grade.

Think Ahead aims to train the teachers to use iPads in education, allowing the students to explore the digital world.

“We want to upskill the classroom assistants to assist the students and teachers with the iPads in the classroom and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to develop their own digital literacy also to align best practice with the school’s specific curriculum needs,” says Lissoos.

Working with schools in areas like Pinelands, Rondebosch, Athlone, Constantia, Greenpoint, Table View, Durbanville and Hout Bay, Lissoos says teacher training is critical to the success of such a programme. “A Think Ahead facilitator is dedicated to the school. The programme consists of the supply of iPad devices, teacher training, modelling of best practice in the classrooms and a selection of apps to meet the South African curriculum,” says Lissoos.

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