Textbooks and exercises have shifted online for some of Gauteng's private schools.
Some of Gauteng's private schools have adopted a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in an approach aimed at enhancing e-learning among students.
According to McLeish, mathematics, science and English classes have a technology focus for pupils in grades R to three, while the rest of the learners access most of their textbooks and worksheets online.
"The costs of using online resources are similar to what we would have paid for a paper-based curriculum. We pay around R60 000 per year to use
A similar approach is being adopted at a few of the
"Such programmes need to be properly managed by teachers who understand how technology supports the learning experience and also how to direct youngsters to follow tasks in order to get the best out of the digital experience," adds Schofield.
Although the primarily digital nature of teaching and learning has decreased the amount of paper administration for educators, says McLeish, a few subjects still use pen-and-paper, while the teacher's role is still central to the learning process. "The technology is there, but it's to enhance the lesson, not to take over the lesson."
Schofield notes SA has a long way to go to ensure ubiquitous connectivity, while the threat of interrupted power supplies could potentially be problematic.
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