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When DRUM started the Teachers for Change project two years ago, the reaction was overwhelming. We were flooded with stories of teachers who inspire and change the lives of their learners. now, thanks to iPads from iSchoolAfrica and textbooks from Oxford University Press, last year’s winners in this special project are doing even better. here are two success stories and the best news is, we’re doing it again this year – and you can still enter.
Better English with iPad
At Elufefeni Primary School there have been big changes.Vakanibantu Primary originally won the award early in 2013, but the school merged with Elufefeni Primary School soon after and now both sets of pupils are benefitting.
Amanda ntsumpa, principal of Vakanibantu Primary, says the school used the devices for grades four to seven. “Our main focus subject is english as an additional language. It’s important for us to focus on it to ensure they are equipped for high school,” she says, “and since the learners have been using it, there’s been a drastic improvement in their english results.” In fact, the programme feedback report showed an average 16 % increase in the english marks of those using the iPads.
The iPads have also been introduced to the new children and ntsumpa says the teachers could see a big difference between learners who were first exposed to the iPads and the new
“Each device is everything in one: a computer, a video camera and a communication tool. Instead of doing an oral the traditional way, they get into groups and they write, direct and act out a drama, which they then watch as a class.We are one of the few schools in Pe that owns and utilises iPads for teaching! So I’m very proud,” she says.
Learning to speak with iPad
Claude Moses (8) only communicated through sounds and gestures when he enrolled at the eLSen unit (education for Learners with Special educational needs) at Formosa Primary School in Plettenberg Bay. Then Claude’s teacher, Leigh Dunn, was awarded the first iPad lab in last year’s campaign. “We use an app called Talking Tom Cat and he was playing with this one day when he suddenly said ‘look here’.We were amazed,” says Dunn.The children are also more involved in class activities. “For children who can’t hold pens, it’s a way to learn to write and read.”