Thanks to the incredible support we received through our Crowdfunding campaign, we are thrilled to announce that we managed to raise enough funds to purchase a whopping 20 tablet computers — 7 more than our initial goal!
It took a bit of time to procure and setup everything we needed, but we couldn’t be happier and more grateful that these devices are now up and running in our classrooms, yielding fantastic initial results.
When deciding on which brand to choose for our learners, we opted for premium Apple iPads instead of other options primarily because our teachers had already been gifted iPads last year. However, it wasn’t just a practical consideration; we were genuinely impressed by the functionality of the devices, as well as the educational services and amazing support that Apple offers.
To ensure seamless integration of iPads into our curriculum, we enlisted the help of “Apple for Education” trainers to conduct workshops. Additionally, we have a few specialised teachers on our team who have undergone training to effectively manage these devices in a classroom setting, accommodating a diverse range of users.
Given that we have 150 children sharing the 20 iPads, you can imagine the complexity. But don’t worry, each device is equipped with a protective cover and screen, and they are all managed through a dedicated platform. Our teachers have a clear understanding of who is using the iPads, and they keep tabs on battery levels, security settings, app usage, work time, achievements, and much more. We’re committed to sending our teachers for ongoing workshops and training to ensure they stay updated with the latest insights and techniques.
To get a glimpse of how the iPads are being utilized in our classrooms, we invite you to watch this short video showcasing the amazing work happening:
We’re truly excited about the progress we’ve made so far, and we aim to build on this momentum in the coming months and years.
Having come this far, it’s hard to resist the urge to try and raise additional funds for 6 more iPads. Increasing the total devices from 20 to 26 would provide the ideal number where each student in a class could have their own individual iPad, eliminating the need for sharing during a lesson. If you’re enthusiastic about helping us reach this new target of ZAR40,000, please do donate here: