Business Connexion, in partnership with Stirling Primary school, has successfully installed a Cisco wireless and server infrastructure at the school in East London. This is in line with the Department of Education’s stated intention to roll out connectivity in schools.
Previously the school had two computer laboratories, a computer teacher, an administrative computer network, a dial-up internet connection and a rudimentary e-mail system. With the newly installed infrastructure in the computer labs, every teacher now has a computer in the classroom linked to an interactive white board. These, together with any laptop or wireless device, can be wirelessly linked, from any venue throughout the school’s extensive campus, to the internet and the data bases on the school’s servers.
“The need to be relevant in a constantly changing environment must inform the vision of a school. Being relevant means harnessing the available technology as a tool to improve the way teachers teach and the way children learn. Critical thinking, collaborative learning, creative problem-solving and the ability to communicate ideas and concepts are important skills in the world of the future. We are excited to be able to bring our expertise to a school where this new thinking and approach to education is being implemented,” says Xolani Mbulawa, Managing Executive BCX East London.
“Presently we have 300 Grade 6 and 7 pupils and their teachers using iPads in a meaningful, effective and enriched environment. As a school we are excited to embrace the digital age and thereby enhance the delivery of education to our learners in ways they can best relate to.” says Peter Johnson, principal of Stirling Primary School.
The Cisco wireless and server infrastructure installed can meet the demands of the many and various devices, now and in the future, and has created a Google environment which facilitates the use of its seamless suite of educational and business tools.