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e-Learning

In 2018, all learners in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 will use tablets for eLearning. These have effectively replaced paper textbooks resulting in a cost saving and a lighter load in the backpacks. This is the first step to ultimately moving the whole school to an eLearning platform over the next few years. The SGB believe that this is vitally important, and is the best way to properly equip our children in today’s increasingly digital world.

The eLearning system is provided by ITSI – a leading provider of digital learning systems in South Africa, and the system of choice for numerous schools across the country. More information on ITSI can be found here

The system provides both teachers and students with a digital solution that enhances the teaching experience at every touchpoint, and allows for rich content, (including images, videos, URL’s, PDF docs, presentations, spreadsheets, notes, exercises, examples, and assessments), resulting in a far richer learning experience.

Textbooks

Thousands of digital text books are available to choose from. The text books are cheaper than the printed versions, and the system provides parents with the ability to access, select and purchase with ease, and are delivered directly to the tablet library. There is no need to carry around multiple heavy books, and no risk of loss of expensive learning material. All text books are stored on the tablet.
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Management tools

Management tools enable teachers to observe how much time students are spending on topics, and help monitor activity, frequency, pages saved etc, and a real-time overview of class behaviour. This helps to identify problematic material and gaps in students understanding, and enables them to address issues early on as they arise.
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Training and support

Training and support are provided at the highest level, with a regular school on-site presence and telephonic support. Staff will be trained to offer support to students.

Tablets

The eLearning app (miEbooks) can be used on Android, iOS or Windows devices. (Cellphones are not recommended for this use – they are far too small). Students cannot share tablets since each one is personalised to that student. All tablets are backed up to the cloud via the school servers.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you get a better understanding. If there are questions that you have that are not covered here, please feel free to submit them using the box at the bottom.

Is this system mandatory for the learners?
Yes.
All learners in grades 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be required to use tablets and the e-Learing system in 2018.
Can my child continue to use tradional textbooks?
No.
As above, all learners in grades 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be required to have tablets. Without these, the students will not benefit from the richer learning experience, and will not be able to be assessed in the same manner.
Who else is using systems like this?
There are many schools who have now adopted e-Learing systems, including the likes of local schools such as St Andrews College, Kingswood College, Graeme College, DSG and St Andrews Prep.
Can I use my own tablet?
Yes, so long as it is an Android, iOS or Windows device, and meets the minimum requirements.
What tablets are suitable?

Any Android, iOS or Windows devices are suitable. We do not recommend using cellphones for this – they are too small.

Minimum specs:

  • Android:
    Tier one Android devices (eg Samsung, Acer, Asus, Sony, LG) with a Quad core CPU at 1.2GHz, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, Android v5 or higher (lollipo or later)
  • ​Apple iOS:
    iOS 9 or higher, iPad 4 and higher, iPad Mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro
  • Windows:
    Any Windows tablet with Windows 10 or higher, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM
  • Chromebook:
    ​Any Chromebook that supports Android Play Store, ASUS Chromebook Flip, Acer Chromebook R11/C738T, Google Chromebook
Is this cheaper than the traditional text books?
The cost of digital text books is considerably cheaper than traditional print books. Over time, this cheaper cost will ensure that ultimately it is cheaper to use the e-Learning system.

The tablet can be used each year that the learner is at school, and be used after leaving school.

Will the tablets be insured by the school? No. Since the tablets belong to each student
No. Since the tablets belong to each student personally, the school is unable to insure them. If you would like them insured, you will need to organise that yourself. Often these can easily be added to existing home insurance policies.
What happens if the tablet breaks or gets lost?
In the same way that you would need to replace a lost/damaged textbook, you will need to replace a lost/damaged tablet. In the interim, the school is planning to have a small number of tablets that can be rented by students who do not have theirs. These will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis, and there will be a daily charge.

If a tablet is replaced, the last backup up data will be re-downloaded to the new tablet

Do I need an internet connection (WiFi) at home?
No.
Students can continue to work offline and do not need an internet connection at home. Once a student returns to school, and connects to the WiFi, the tablet will synchronise and upload all completed work.
Will my child be able to get onto the internet at school?
Yes, but the school internet is “walled” to prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites. All activity is tracked and monitored, and only appropriate sites and services will be accessible.
Are there charging facilities at school?
Yes – there will be a limited number.
However we strongly recommend that students bring fully charged tablets to school to prevent delays in learning. Tablets generally tend to last longer than cell phones on a single charge which should eliminate problems where batteries run out.
Are there charging facilities at school?
Whilst at school, the tablets will be backed up to the cloud throughout the day, to minimise any incendents of data loss. If you have an internet connection at home, it will backup there as well.

Questions?