Technology lends a helping hand

 

MiX Telematics, in partnership with iSchool Africa, continues its commitment to empower teachers and learners with classroom practices and educational technology that assist learners to overcome some of their learning difficulties. Recently the company donated Apple iPads and other technology equipment to the Vera School for Learners with Autism and the Alta du Toit School for learners with intellectual and physical difficulties.

Hard at work – one of the learners who will benefit from the MiX Telematics and iSchool Africa iPad learning programme.

“Our purpose at MiX Telematics is to move the world forward every day by delivering meaningful information that helps our customers improve fleet efficiencies, thereby creating safer roads and a cleaner planet,” says Catherine Lewis, executive vice-president of technology at MiX Telematics. “Through donating technology for the benefit of the pupils and teachers at these schools, we want to help move them forward too.”

The main goal of the iSchool Africa iPad learning programme is to empower teachers and students by providing them with iPads and advanced classroom practices where children would otherwise suffer the educational challenges typically faced in disadvantaged and under-resourced environments.

In addition to helping the children become digitally literate, the use of technology has increased motivation, enthusiasm and excitement around learning. “The therapy apps help the learners with fine motor skills and coordination, for example the pinch action,” says Marleze Ferreira, educator at Alta du Toit School. “The measurement activities, especially when baking, is a big favourite. My learners love having the iPad read stories to them. Students have also learnt how to take care of the technology, like cleaning the iPads and keeping them charged.”

MiX Telematics has high expectations for this technology and the iSchool Africa programme. Lewis concludes: “With the help of the dedicated teachers at these schools, we are looking forward to seeing the pupils embrace the change and improve their learning capabilities over time.”

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