AF Smith donated the tablets to The Reading Clinic this week, which will be used to help with literacy and numeracy programmes. *AFP photo
AF Smith donated the tablets to The Reading Clinic this week, which will be used to help with literacy and numeracy programmes. *AFP photo

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: A charity that works with children with learning difficulties was given two iPads.

AF Smith donated the tablets to The Reading Clinic this week, which will be used to help with literacy and numeracy programmes.

In a press statement, Julie Dunstan, executive director of The Reading Clinic, said the iPads will provide tutors and students with exciting and effective new ways to teach and learn. 

Each year the Clinic provides approximately 6,000 professional tutoring sessions for more than 120 children with learning difficulties.

 She said: “Technology alone cannot teach children the strategies they need to overcome learning difficulties but the iPad offers a unique way of reinforcing learning.

“Because iPads really engage students, our tutors can use a wide range of apps to keep their interest level high and develop the skills they need in a fun way.

“We are very grateful to AF Smith for their generosity and support in recognizing the educational value of technology in helping us develop our programmes.”

Tim Smith, CEO AF Smith, said: “When Julie and her team shared with us the vital work they do with Bermuda’s children, it wasn’t a case of feeling obligated to get involved, we wanted to help.

“It is well known that Apple provides innovative technologies that enhance learning and the iPad, in particular, is very effective in engaging students. 

“Our donation of two iPads is our small way of helping the students of The Reading Clinic to grow and develop.”

Dr Dunstan added: “The iPad really fits in with the individualized and multisensory approach of our programmes.

“Every student learns differently and a strategy that works with one child may not work with another.

“Tools like the iPad give tutors more options and flexibility.

“For the students, apps such as spelling and math games and interactive books can provide positive reinforcement and encouragement beyond classroom drills.

“They quickly learn new skills and can track their progress through different levels with the help of immediate, non-threatening feedback.

“That helps build their confidence and self-esteem, which are a critical part of overcoming learning challenges.”

The Clinic plans to have a total of six iPads for each of its tutoring rooms and hopes donors can help to make that goal a reality.