Sara Cohen School pupil Joshua Anderson (18) acquaints
himself with a new iPad mini, one of five given to the
school by the Dunedin East Rotary Club yesterday. Photo by
The art of communication can be difficult, particularly
for some pupils at Dunedin's Sara Cohen School.
But the Dunedin East Rotary Club hopes that will change after
it gave five new iPad minis to the school.
Club member Walter von Ballmoos said he had a son with autism
and understood the school's need for tools which helped
teachers communicate with their pupils.
''Many of the kids have communication problems.
''iPads have proven to be a good tool for special
The joy among the pupils during the presentation yesterday
was tangible, with most voicing their delight and one pupil
walking across the room to hug the principal.
Sara Cohen School principal Raewyn Alexander was delighted
with the new iPad minis, and said pupils would use them every
day to build a range of skills.
''They could be used for anything from searching the internet
to simple things like hand manipulation.''
The simple act of swiping images on the screen could provide
physiotherapy to a pupil who perhaps had limited movement in
one hand, she said.
The iPads would also hold applications which would help staff
communicate with pupils.
''A simple yes/no button on the screen can be used to help
them answer questions like: Do you need to go to the
Mrs Alexander said two of the iPad minis would be used at
Sara Cohen School and the remaining three would be used at
the school's satellite class at Bathgate Park School.