The September 2018 issue of The Mighty Pen is now available.

Once again packed with useful information, the September 2018 edition of The Mighty Pen in now available for download.

Practical information is given in one of the leading articles: Why your school IT network needs a spring clean.  Schools who are experiencing a deterioration in network performance will find useful tips in this article.

Do yourself a favour and scroll through the entire magazine; you are sure to find something that will spike your interest.

ADESSA affiliates with Worlddidac

In view of a similarity in objectives, ADESSA applied for affiliation with Worlddidac; and the good news is that our application has been approved.

Worlddidac is the only global trade association for suppliers and solution providers of educational products across all levels of education. The role of the association is to expose the latest world class teaching and learning solutions, as supplied through the significant capabilities of its members, to training practitioners and the education market.

Founded in 1952, Worlddidac members and affiliates are representatives of over 40 countries across 5 continents and our numbers are constantly growing. As the only globally operating organisation in this business sector, Worlddidac is uniquely placed to impartially address and support cultural and educational programmes around the World.

By promoting access to affiliated bodies, Worlddidac is creating a framework of operation thus establishing complimentary and mutually beneficial relationships. This interaction may inspire new and innovative solutions, leading to the improvement of products and the scope of offering for the future.

As an association, Worlddidac operates on a non-profit basis and is accountable to an Executive Council elected by member companies. Worlddidac subscribes to ethical business practises guided by its Code of Conduct.

For more information about Worlddidac, go to their website

ADESSA welcomes IDEA as a new member

IDEA is an innovative technology company that has created high quality, personalised digital education content and software for students and teachers globally, and is the latest company to have joined ADESSA.

IDEA has created interactive, data-driven, digital software, content and games for students, parents and teachers covering all grades and localised to each national education market.

IDEA has developed a completely digital STEM program from Kindergarten to Grade 12 as well as teacher training courses and ICT skills development.

The content consists of:

  • 27 800 animations, videos, images and audio files
  • 34 000 pages of content
  • 1 300 assessments
  • 10 000 interactive activities

Each country’s version is sequenced and aligned to the national syllabus.

Every click is recorded for the purpose of providing or measuring: learning outcomes, learner data, assessment reporting, progress reports, operational measurability, formative assessment and baseline and summative assessment.

ADESSA members participate in WCED workshop

In a bold move, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), conducted a workshop with the theme Relevance and Impact of Technology – How Do We Measure It? in Cape Town on Saturday, 15 September 2018. Delegates were invited from four sectors: school principals, WCED officials, academics and the business sector.  The latter sector was co-ordinated by ADESSA.

ADESSA CEO addressing the meeting on challenges experience by the business sector when working with education

Twelve members of ADESSA attended the event and had the opportunity to discuss challenges, and ways in which the business sector can assist the department to ensure that technology has the desired impact.

This workshop was promised to be only the first in a series of such workshops, during which ADESSA will explore the best way for its members to form meaningful partnerships with education.

 

Edupac has a new logo

Edupac’s new logo

Edupac is a valued member of long standing of ADESSA.  The company specializes in simplifying education management systems.  While school administration systems have been with us for a long time, not all of them are simple to use and few of them have all the functions required by school staff.

Edupac offers a comprehensive system that should meet all your demands; for more information have a look at the company’s website.

The July/August edition of The Mighty Pen is out

The July/August issue of The Mighty Pen is available for download.  As in previous issues, this one is packed with useful information.

During exam time parents are often stressed out more than their children.  The article Exam advice for Parents contains useful tips that can help parents to support their children, as well as to preserve their own sanity.

One of the leading articles in this issue deals with virtual reality.  It showcases the work Sangari (a member of ADESSA) is doing with virtual reality in the world of education.

And there is much more.  Happy reading!

Effectively Selling to Schools Workshop

If your business is focused on selling to schools, this is the once-a-year event you need to attend to be equipped to more effectively reach schools. This exclusive event (arranged by SchoolAdvisor) will unveil strategies from speakers with real success stories of cracking open one of the toughest markets – the school market.

Peter Morgan – SchoolAdvisor

SchoolAdvisor is a strategic partner of ADESSA and so all ADESSA members will receive a 10% discount upon registration.

All 5 speakers will be talking from real experience and will provide you with hands-on tips and strategies on selling to schools.

  • Social media expert, Jean Vermeulen, will explain how you can use social media to successfully reach schools.
  • Karri CEO, Douglas Hoernle, will reveal how Karri successfully launched a new product into the school market.
  • Educational investor, Dries Mellet, will give his perspective on the education industry from the eye of an investor.
  • Former DF Malan headmaster, Rian Truter, will elaborate on why it’s about so more than just the profit bottom line.
  • SchoolAdvisor CEO, Peter Morgan, will help you understand the SA school market and share new trends affecting school purchasing.

Companies looking for fresh ideas and new strategies are sure to benefit from attending this highly-anticipated annual event. The event will close with wine tasting and networking. View full details.

Date: Thursday 20 Sept 2018

Start: 09:00 for 09:30 – 16:00

(a 9 am for 09:30 start gives JHB attendees a chance to fly in on the morning)

Venue: Beyerskloof Wine Farm – Stellenbosch (Google Maps)

Cost: R2,950 (includes lunch, tea/coffee/snacks, wine tasting)

NOTE: There are only 12 tickets remaining.

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Interactive AV solusions offers Clevertouch

As the need grows for collaborative learning spaces, so does the demand for technology in the classroom. Clevertouch, offered by Interactive AV solutions, is embracing immersive learning with intelligent digital classroom environments.

The interactive panels come packed with free apps and software designed to meet curriculum requirements to deliver more engaging lessons. The complete classroom solution is easy to use, simple installation and designed with more than 50 000 hours of use.  There are no on-going subscriptions costs.

Cleverstore is the first of its kind. A free and tested, dedicated educational app store where all apps (even those from familiar developers with big-name licenses) have had all advertising and in-app purchases removed, allowing educators to use them in the classroom with confidence.

The multi award winning touchscreens are redefining the future of classroom.   Built to last, all screens come with a comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty.

BrainPlay joins ADESSA

ADESSA welcomes BrainPlay into the association of education suppliers.

This  young, vibrant and solutions oriented company is based in Cape town and was established in 2015.  It is owned by Chanelle Pieterse and Verne van Berk.

BrainPlay supplies over 3 000 educational resources through an online store and is also providing access to e-learning content.

A non-profit company called The Pegasus Foundation has been formed to handle donations towards the Trinity ReMMS programme, making e-learning content available for free via Wi-Fi to any basic mobile device: no data or simcard required.  More about this ground breaking technology in a future post.