Improved teaching through technology is what Wesley Practising School pupils and teachers can look forward to now that they have a new computer lab.
Laptops and data projectors were donated to the school by a technology company and the new lab was unveiled last Thursday, October 11.
Principal of Wesley Practising School, Andre Engel, said one of their goals was to integrate technology into learning and teaching. “It was part of our five-year plan and we were talking about having a data projector in every classroom in five years time and to have that at this stage already is a game changer,” said Mr Engel.
The new computer lab has 48 laptops and there is a schedule for when each class will make use of the new resources.
“For these kids it provides an opportunity to learn some valuable skills that can be used out in the corporate world. It helps our teachers to make their lessons more relevant,” said Mr Engel.
Zainab Jattiem, who has been a teacher at the primary school for seven years, said the lab would make learning exciting for pupils and those with learning difficulties could make use of software to help them.
School governing body chairperson, Noor Gameeldien, said this was an exciting development for the school.”It’s a major improvement (compared to the old computers) and only a positive step for the kids going forward.” he said.
Many of the pupils were excited to use the new computers with help from their teachers. Grade seven pupil Xiabiso Waida read a letter in the new computer lap to show appreciation to the school and donors. “We like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the AYO computer company for donating computers so that our computer lab is up and running again,” she said.