Formed of three phases, the IT upgrade initially saw the replacement of the schools server, the backbone of their infrastructure. With this, they installed a large UPS to keep the server running when there is load shedding, which dramatically reduces their downtime when the power is restored. In addition, they connected a NAS backup solution located away from their main server to ensure all their information is backed up and protected in the event of a server crash.
The second and third part of the upgrade saw the installation and /or repair of many of the network points in the school, and the laptop deployment to all registered class teachers who previously did not have computers. This now enables register class teachers to be able to submit their registers electronically, thereby keeping better control of this process and providing better and quicker communication between the staff.
Following the deployment of the laptops and the completion of the networking, there was a replacement of computers as identified by the IT audit which was conducted in 2014, as well as the deployment of laptops or computer upgrades to a number of DHS staff.
The final phase of this upgrade saw the implementation of the iPad "flip" classroom. This exciting project took place in the Media Centre's "reading room". This enables teachers to use iPad technology to enhance their lessons by transforming them from normal lessons into interactive and exciting "flip lessons" where learner's involvement is integral to its success.
According to Erica Goring, a History teacher at DHS, "My laptop has been a fantastic addition in my classroom. As a teacher of history it is difficult to imagine conditions of the past and by using my laptop I can use the internet to find resources, including videos, pictures and extra information to improve the teaching and learning experience. The laptop also allows me to easily access my emails and keep in contact with what is going on in the school".
Kirsten Smith, a Dramatics teacher at the school also finds that since she received her laptop, she has had managed to make her lessons more interesting for her learners. "I find it easy to create interactive and interesting lessons at my fingertips," she said.
DHS thanks Datatec and Sabvest for this generous donation and look forward to a successful academic future.