ADAM EduTech was started in 2011 by Philip Norton, an Information Technology teacher. He graduated with a BSc in Information Technology from the University of Cape Town and began teaching in Franschhoek the following year. As a computer-literate graduate, he was given the task of producing the school’s reports at the end of the term. From this simple challenge, ADAM was born and it has slowly grown.
ADAM is now used in some of the most prestigious and forward-thinking schools in the country.
After Franschhoek, Philip moved to Johannesburg and was appointed as Information Technology Director at a young private school. He overhauled their network and instituted a number of changes to improve their use of IT across the school, in both management and educational spheres. In 2012, the school merged with two neighbouring schools and Philip was appointed to see the integration of their IT systems under a single management company. This involved standardising on equipment and best practices across the three campuses and establishing a new head office for the schools’ new senior management.
This involved creating a VLAN between the four locations, establishing a Google Apps domain across the three schools, upgrading existing network and WiFi infrastructure at the schools to cope with a proposed 1:1 iPad and BYOD programme.
ADAM EduTech is now based in Hillcrest, Durban, and Philip teaches Mathematics at a nearby school. He is also involved in their iPad-rollout programme and an implementation of Google Apps.