ITSI wins EduWeek 2017 award

Wikus Breetzke receives the award from Jacques Zakarian, Chairman of the ADESSA Executive Committee

ADESSA congratulates one of its members, ITSI on winning the Supplier of the Year Award in the Basic Education category during the EduWeek 2017 awards event in Cape Town on 4 October 2017.

The EduWeek awards recognise excellence across the African education ecosystem.

ITSI’s platform provides a unique way of simplifying, enhancing and unifying a single point of entry for teachers and learners – irrespective of the origin and variety of content and actions they employ in order to achieve mastery. It has the additional advantage of making learner activities, such as engagement with textbooks, visible and transparent to teachers and parents.

The ITSI platform works within any education environment, with any content, on any device. It provides an easy to adopt approach to 21st century teaching and learning, without sacrificing the rigour associated with traditional teaching and learning.

 Dr Lieb Liebenberg, founder and CEO at ITSI, commented:

We are delighted to have been honoured with this award. The teaching environment is increasingly fragmented in terms of the content and activities which teachers need to employ. The fragmentation stems from teachers having to use textbooks from different publishers, a variety of other printed and online resources, and a range of educational apps – the vast majority of which operate in silos. This is what we strive to overcome.

From being the first-mover in the South African market, ITSI has expanded to over 180 public and private schools, with more than 80,000 full-time users. The company also has an office in the UK, as well as one in the Middle East.

ITSI brings the future of education to schools – delivering an exceptional tailored learning experience to any teacher and any student with any content, anytime.

You can follow ITSI on its website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

The Digital Education Group – innovative e-solutions for all

Today we are introducing the Digital Education Group, a member of ADESSA.  The group comprises of a consortium of companies, business partners and suppliers which are focused on bringing e-Solutions to market.

Understanding the constant need for change and the demands placed on clients, a wide range of e-Solutions are offered.

The group contains a wealth of skills, experience and expertise with a portfolio of e-Solutions to meet your requirements.  The range of solutions work either independently from each other or when combined unlock unique enhancements through innovation and technology.

The Core Competencies of the group are

  • Providing e-Solutions and Products
  • Immediate cost reduction and increased productivity
  • Human Capital management and development tools

Let the Digital Education Group be your peferred partner in e-Solutions and products.

Full range of Interactive solutions from PARROT

Parrot offers a full range of interactive solutions to fit any budget or any environment.  Consider the following options:

Interactive Whiteboard System

  • Transform any flat surface into touch
  • USB charged stylus
  • Projector, PC or laptop required

Touch Whiteboard

  • Full HDMI quality
  • Multi-finger touch or stylus pen
  • Projector, PC or laptop required

Touch LED panel

  • Resolution 1920 X1080P/4k
  • 6-point writing / 10-point touch
  • Input: HDMI / VGA

 

When dealing with Parrot, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Free training with every purchase
  • National with branches in every province, dedicated specialist support
  • Guaranteed return on your investment
  • Free demonstrations

Record page hits for ADESSA website

On one day, last week, we had over 6 000 page hits on our website!  We now regularly have over 1 000 individual visitors per day looking at our website … this means that people in education are interested in what ADESSA members have to say.

The ADESSA website is dedicated to its members and provides a platform on which they can let the world know about their products, services and achievements.

Snapplify exhibiting at the ICP Convention

Snapplify, a member of ADESSA, is proud to have been invited to participate in this year’s principals’ conference in Cape Town, 22-25 September 2017.  They will be showcasing their suite of eReading and eLearning solutions.

In response to changing education environments and approaches to learning, the theme of the 2017 ICP Convention is Brain Waves of Change. Snapplify is committed to enabling easier access to digital learning, and is proud to be included in this important event.

Shaun Marshall, accounts manager at Snapplify, says:

At Snapplify, we’re passionate about education and we believe in the digital learning revolution. We’re pleased to be connecting with school principals and providing digital learning solutions to schools, making eBooks both accessible and affordable.

To find out more about Snapplify for Education and their eLearning solutions and platforms, subscribe to the Snapplify Education newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bPlsaL

 About Snapplify:  Snapplify is a media and technology company with offices in South Africa, Kenya, and Europe. It provides a comprehensive platform for distribution, reading and retail of eBooks, magazines and newspapers.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Snapplify

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snapplify/

 Press Contact: For more information, please contact Jessica Lang from Snapplify on jessica@snapplify.com or (0)21 975 7192.

A hand-held all-in-one voice amplification alternative

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  • Can’t you hear learners as they work on the board?
  • Do you need to interact with sport training groups?
  • Do you like to be heard without shouting?

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Lowering pass rate: fuelling the fire

Lectorsa, an ADESSA member, asked if lowering the requirements to pass in school, as recently considered by the Department of Basic Education, is truly the answer or are we only fuelling the fire?

Co-Director of Lectorsa, Minda Marshall explained:

Today we live in a technology and media-suffused environment with access to an abundance of information and our expectations for students (also in the workplace) have increased dramatically, but our methods of interacting with information have not. Students are already challenged and need improved development of skills and strategies to survive and excel in the environments they will have to function in.  Lowering the standard is not the answer we are looking for.

Owing to the explosion of data a GAP (the information/application GAP) was formed between the student and the curriculum placing learners, students and our workforce under a lot of strain resulting in poor academics and a decrease in work readiness.

We need to bridge this GAP by re-wiring learners minds through developing their Cognitive and Visual Processing Skills and by equipping them with the right ‘tools’ so that they can succeed in this globally and digitally interconnected world. At Lectorsa we have developed an on-line Mind Activation Solution – LAB-on-line, after more than 30 years of research and development, that does exactly that. By training and increasing eye-brain performance we produce healthier and stronger minds in our users.

LAB helps users to improve and develop skills pertaining to critical thinking, problem-solving, questioning, research, creativity, reading and written communication, to name only a few. This prepares them for a world where change is constant and learning never stops.

Life-long learning is the only way to sustain proficient learning in the world we live in today. Never before has it been more important to activate student minds, train and develop accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading and improve comprehension through cognitive development.

I stand by my view that the answer does not lie in lowering the pass rate, but in re-imagining our methods of teaching.

ADESSA AT EDUWEEK

The strategic partnership with EduWeek has worked well for ADESSA.  Many of our members exhibited at the event, and a number of other exhibitors showed great interest in the activities of ADESSA.  We hope to welcome some of them on board in the near future.

Andre van der Merwe at the PPM Audio Visual stand – PPM is an ADESSA member,

 

Smarter classrooms … from wePresent

Using collaborative workspaces is not a new concept in education, but the introduction of a variety of PCs, smart phones, and tablets makes it hard to let everybody participate.

Forward-thinking institutions are looking for classroom technology solutions that easily adapt to the BYOD culture and give students a better source for unified communication and collaboration. wePresent models are designed to facilitate both instructors and students with easy to use features that allow for more meaningful interaction during education.

Compatible with ChromeCast, AirPlay, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. wePresent allows students to participate in classroom discussions from their own device, interactively present and collaborate.

wePresent offers the following for your Smart Classroom:

  • Up to 64 users can connect and be in que to present
  • Quad-Screen projection of up to 4 users simultaneously
  • Allows wireless 1080p HD presentations
  • Works with ANY device (PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
  • ChromeCast and AirPlay compatible
  • Conference control gives the teacher full control
  • Audience WebSlides allowing users to save back to their device
  • Adheres to strict security standards
  • Doubles as a wireless access point
  • Integrates with SMARTboards and touchscreens
  • Eliminates the needs for additional equipment
  • Display 1 presentation to 4 displays in different rooms on the same network

With an abundance of IT network settings, wePresent easily adapts to a school’s rigorous security environment. There’s a built-in wireless access point that can be enabled, as well as additional security features such as a 4-digit randomly-generated access code, enterprise-level encryption and an onboard gatekeeper option.

Smarter Classrooms … an affordable, feature-rich classroom technology solution compatible with any device.

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