Is your technology an add-in or an add-on?

One of the biggest tragedies of technology in education is the huge number of unused devices in schools and other institutions throughout the country.  These technologies were procured at great cost to the organization, or they have been donated.  Regardless of its source, technologies that are not optimally used do not add any value.

So the question is: is the technology in your school an add-in or an add-on?

To make the difference clear, let’s use an example form your home.  In most kitchens a stove can be regarded as an add-in – it is such an integral part of what you do in a kitchen that you can hardly imagine one without a cooking surface.  But an electric cake mixer is seen by some as an add-on – it is nice to have, but not used all the time and you can do without it.  Of course, unless you are a passionate baker – in that case the electric cake mixer is an add-in for you.

Is this an add-in or an add-on in your classroom?
Is this an add-in or an add-on in your classroom?

The point of the analogy is that when a piece of equipment is not an essential part of your normal operations, it is an add-on.  When you elevate its use to a level where it is part of what you’re doing every day, it becomes an add-in.

Rather than having a room full of add-ons technologies, which are seldom – or never –  used, it is better to have only one, or a few, technologies with which you are comfortable and that you can use to enhance your lessons.

ADESSA members are keen to assist educators make sure that technologies procured from them are not mere add-ons.

Interactive solutions from Inspireware

inpireware_logoToday we are featuring  Inspireware, another one of ADESSA’s members.

Inspireware offers interactive solutions for both corporate and educational environments.  These solutions contain the essential elements of successful implementation of an interactive environment.

Interactive technology: whiteboards, projectors, visualizers, and a clicker system.

Interactive software: visual teaching and learning aids that can assist teachers and learners to understand difficult concepts.

Training: SETA accredited courses, tailor-made packages, empowering teachers to create interactive classrooms.

Inspireware calls all public and private school institutions, as well as corporates, to engage with them with a view to adopting their technology in order to educate for the future.

For more information, contact Lorinda McGhee (lorinda@inspireware.co.za).

Empowering students to reach their full potential

The following are some interesting observations from Minda Marshall of LectorSA, one of ADESSA’s members:

The world we live in is changing rapidly, all the time.  A young student told me the other day that her final class at university was very insightful: after three years of study the lecturer said that almost everything he taught them is now redundant, so much had changed in the three years they completed their studies.

This emphasizes that life-long learning is the only way to sustain proficient learning today. Knowledge and information is exploding across the globe. Never before has it been more important to train and develop accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading with comprehension. Even more, we need innovative ways to teach students how to use current knowledge as a basis from which to create new knowledge.

Illiteracy is a leading cause of delinquency, poverty, frustration and depression, resulting in a loss in productivity and general reduction in lifestyles and wellness amongst people in all communities. The current economic situation has made this phenomenon even worse. High-performance environments (work, learning and sport) are here to stay and people require effective solutions, which will give them the opportunity to overcome in life and to contribute by creating a healthy society.

We have to face the reality that education is experiencing real challenges: we are training for a future we do not even see and we need to train students for jobs that does not exist in our current framework of mind.

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Contact LectorSA for assistance in finding a solution to bridge the gap effectively. Results of more than 49 000 students proves LAB-on-line is a viable solution in 21st Century Learning.