Smart Board software to provide solutions to teaching and learning

Cutting the ribbon that covered the Smart Board are from left: Thabang Dagada the principal of Ezibeleni School for children with physical disabilities, Pauline Sekonyane the chairperson of SGB and Heinrich Willers from Dion Wired.

The school consists of more than 200 learners who live with different physical disabilities and are in desperate need of the device.

The Smart Board was donated by a company in Boksburg called Dion Wired.

Heinrich Willers from Dion Wired said a disability is only disabling if society fails to create an enabling environment for people with disabilities.

“I would like to applaud the staff of the school for the outstanding work they do in educating children with special needs. As a responsible corporate citizen, Dion Wired is committed to bringing the latest in technology to the school to back up your efforts to empower your students by investing in their lives. We are very honoured to partner you in this project,” Willers said to school teachers.

He said they have donated three Smart Boards to schools in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

He added that “The device is an online, interactive, touch-screen white board that adds a whole new dimension to teaching by enabling classmates with varying disabilities to participate in lessons that they ordinarily would not have the ability to participate in,” said Willers.

He concluded by explaining how the Smart Board will revolutionise teaching.

· Getting children to concentrate can be a challenge. But the Smart Board can keep children engrossed in the subject matter for longer periods of time than conventional lessons.

· Information can be presented visually, thus making it easier to understand.

· Students with intellectual and behavioural challenges may find it hard to express themselves. The Smart Board has an easy and user-friendly way for students to express themselves and share knowledge.

· The Smart Board can be used to view videos that depict social situations children can learn from.

“The nifty piece of technology operates on a dual touch system. This means that two people can interact with the board simultaneously.

No additional tools are required to operate the device. Users can write, erase and perform mouse functions on the board with their fingers, pen or an eraser,” said Willers.

Thabang Dagada, the school principal, thanked Dion Wired and their staff for donating the device to the school.

She said some of their learners are struggling to cope with the normal school curriculum because of their disabilities.

“As a result they are sent to learn skills such as cooking, music and arts. Others are unable to respond to questions because they are unable to talk – not necessarily because they don’t know answers to the questions asked. The device is going to be a solution to that problem,” said Dagada.

She concluded by saying that even though learners in the school are living with disabilities, they are talented.

“Their talent needs to be natured,” Dagada said.

During the formal presentation of the Smart Board learners entertained guests with music and poems.

After the presentation guests proceeded to the school library for a practical demonstration.

Rofhiwa Lambani from Dion Wired demonstrated how the device works.

Aaron Damane

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