iPads set to improve education

2018-01-30 06:00
Rustenburg Girls’ High School teachers received training on how to use their new iPads in the classroom.

Rustenburg Girls’ High School teachers received training on how to use their new iPads in the classroom.

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Rustenburg Girls’ High School in Rondebosch has started planning for the future by adapting to the use of technology to improve its education system.

The school recently purchased iPad Pros and Apple Pencils for its teachers and conducted staff training to ensure they understand how to effectively use these devices to the benefit of the school.

According to the project manager, Graeme Broster, once the teachers have fully adjusted to the use of the iPads, they plan to introduce them to the learners as well. He says the school has realised that technology is increasingly being used at universities and in the workplace and they have made it their mandate to equip their learners with skills that they will need later in life.

“We aim to equip our learners with the skills they will need in later life. A great deal of thought, research and planning has gone into this project to ensure that it provides the greatest possible educational benefit to our learners. The iPad does not replace the effective teaching and learning methods that are already in use, but acts as another tool that, when used in the right way and at the right time, will enhance the lesson,” says Broster.

He says the school has put in place the necessary infrastructure and processes to adapt to the change, thus creating a better learning environment.

Alan Goldberg, director of education at Digicape, the school’s supplier, has applauded the school for taking its first step towards being part of transformation and planning to improve the quality of education for their learners. He says that the company recognises technology as being an integral part of today’s learners’ lives and that it is a privilege to play a part in assisting the school as they continue to leverage digital tools to help learners reach their full potential.

Goldberg says: “For technology to truly add value to the learning process, it needs a skilled, equipped facilitator. Thus the role of the educator is crucial, and as a partner to Rustenburg, Digicape ensures that all educators’ training needs are met. Rustenburg Girls’ High is one of the first schools to embrace the power of the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and Keyboard,” he says.

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