STOP literacy slide.

In a few days’ time, 1,000 Year 4 learners and 56 teachers will be embarking on an evaluation programme of the News-O-Matic app. Apart from providing the opportunity to sit down and read a book, this App provides an opportunity for its user to engage oneself in an interactive process which aims to improve literacy.…

A few months into the OTPC initiative

One Tablet per Child project (OTPC) was launched as a pilot project in January 2014. This was a learning curve for all the teachers and students involved. The journey presented a number of experiences but it was characterised by one common principle, that is, ‘The tablet is a means not an end or that pedagogy…

Computers will never replace good teachers.

Directorate for Digital Literacy and transversal skills. Vision statement: Empowering learners to succeed as global digital citizens. Computers will never replace good teachers. I have always said that teachers are the most important element in education. It is the caring and passionate modelling of teachers in a strong digital curriculum that will help learners succeed…

Wifi radiation and digital addiction (part 1)

Wifi radiation and digital addiction are two worries that some parents and educators have aired during information meetings now that tablets have been distributed to Year four students. These are two separate issues which are sometimes expressed as one. First issue. Six years ago, when the eLearning department started looking at one-to-one computing in two…

The LearnPad and the little hands.

As I meet parents and heads of school who air their concerns about giving tablets to 8 year olds, it is perhaps with some trepidation that we have started distributing the first Workbook LearnPads to our children on Thursday 14th December. It is also with great hope, pride and satisfaction that our  eLearning support teachers…