Bridging the Digital Divide

In 2011, Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah embarked on a 1:1 iPad programme. We started off by purchasing 300 iPads for a whole-school usage. Next, we upgraded our Computer Laboratory, turning it into a Software Development Centre for students who can learn how to design and create Arabic Textbooks and other learning materials for the school. In 2016, we made it compulsory for every student to buy their own iPads as their personal Learning Device. Now we are in the advanced phase of our programme implementation which is to include coding into our curriculum and to ensure that teachers  are well-equipped with the necessary ICT skills and are kept abreast of the latest updates in the use of technology in education, they are required to attend at least two to three ICT related courses per year. 

This year, Madrasah Alsagoff has been selected as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2021, a three-year designation, for its use of technology to enhance students’ learning. We utilise this technology to surpass educational objectives in creative and effective ways, enhancing students’ abilities, teamwork and school spirit. This is carried out in a deliberate and organised manner, involving careful planning, implementation and continuous feedback. The Apple devices allow students to showcase and hone their skills and knowledge with our teachers’ competent guidance. Most importantly, these devices contribute to a learning environment which is exciting, full of new ideas to explore and the promise of a better future for the school and our students.