To help schoolchildren acquire 21st century skills, Intel SA has kicked off its first 1:1 e-learning model within a South African independent school, Christ Church Preparatory School and College in Midrand.
Two Grade 5 classes, with a total of 50 learners, have received 25 Classmate PCs sponsored by Intel. The school has purchased a further 25 to ensure that the model is properly implemented.
All the Classmate PCs are running Windows XP professional as well Office 2003 basic, according to the school agreement between Microsoft SA and the Department of Education.
"Teaching one-to-one with computers enhances teaching and learning of both traditional subjects and 21st century skills. It allows teachers to better adapt to individual learning styles, to motivate and engage students, to cultivate self-directed learners, and provide students with anytime, anywhere access to learning resources" says Inass Farouk from Intel Emerging Markets Platform Group.
"The ideal in 1:1 computing is an environment in which students use computing devices, such as wireless laptops or tablet pc computers in order to learn anytime and anywhere. Yet, the focus is not on the technology. It is about the paradigm shift in how instruction is delivered and the spark that is created in students that provides a new sense of enthusiasm and ownership in their learning. Student learning improves when they have anytime, anywhere access."
According to a report by the Education Development Center (EDC), "one-to-one computing environments are different from what one traditionally finds in most school settings because they offer all students and teachers continuous access to a wide range of software, electronic documents, the Internet, and other digital resources for teaching and learning."
Mustek SA is the supplier of the Mecer classmate in South Africa, and also sponsored one of the two teacher laptops. Reseller Running Computers assisted with the