Priced between R9 800 for an interactive whiteboard and R90 000 for an interactive panel, the smart boards are a range of modern replacement of the dry-erase boards with interactive displays.
Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation, which was opened last year, focuses on engineering, mathematics, science, ICT, commerce and entrepreneurship, performing and creative arts as well as sports. The school is part of a group earmarked by the Gauteng Department of Education for reconditioning so as to afford disadvantaged students an opportunity to also participate in digital migration and be part of the specialised workforce in South Africa.
Candice Du Preez, chief operating officer of VestraTech, added that the GDE project is one of the company's biggest to date. "We have not only supplied the technology through partners but we have been involved in driving the digital literacy of teachers as well as the pedagogical value of teaching with technology in partnership with Mathew Ganiwe School of Leadership and Governance. We form part of a support team, ensuring that there is very little downtime in a classroom. Continuous professional development and professional learning communities are key in driving any adoption of technology."
Besides the GDE project, the company has also provided e-learning tools to schools in Free State and Mpumalanga. "In the Free State we fitted three schools with interactive SMART Panel with relevant CAPS aligned lessons plans based on Pearson content for grade 8 maths and science classrooms. A third project that we have been involved in is the Mpumalanga Department of Education Maths and Science Academies, they have adopted a SMART Interactive Whiteboard Solution," noted Du Preez.