ADESSA is proud to have been part of a highly successful elearning event, hosted by the Cape Winelands Education District of the Western Cape Education Department at the new Somerset High school in Worcester.
Nineteen ADESSA members exhibited their products and services; each one was given a classroom in which to display, demonstrate and present a variety of technology tools for education. About 200 principals, teachers and education department officials stayed till late to visit all the exhibits.
The SG of the Western Cape Education Department, Brian Schreuder, warmly thanked ADESSA and the exhibitors for the valuable contribution they are making to education in general and for contributing to the success of the elearning event.
WiFi connectivity in the classroom becoming the norm to avoid cabling issues,
the question of which WiFi device to use arises.
As a security against theft of WiFi dongles, projector manufacturers have traditionally built-in their chosen technology leaving users to deal with the limitations and operational differences from one brand to the next. InFocus has changed all this with the introduction of a projector range (standard zoom lens and short-throw models) that offers their customers the ability to install their connectivity device of choice – and to do this, hidden securely within the USB, HDMI & 5v-powered TechStation built into the projector.
The concept is simple yet enables institutions to mould the projector connectivity to whatever suits their application – from Miracast to Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Android, SimpleShare and other devices. One can even install an Intel Computer Stick with wireless keyboard & mouse to take interactive projection to another level of usability.
to this its whisper quiet operational level and brilliant colour technology and
it is little wonder the range is gaining such traction.
This is yet another product from Macmillan to be seen at the Cape Winelands Education District elearning conference/expo on Saturday, 9 March 2019, in Worcester.
Having a lot of problems is, well, a problem. When it
comes to Maths however, teachers will tell you that you can never have too many
problems as practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, learners are often not
motivated to practice Maths, as often they feel they will never grasp the
concepts, or they don’t know where their knowledge gaps are. This leads to Maths
teachers having to spend time on intervention strategies, or for parents to pay
for expensive extra lessons which don’t necessarily provide the required
direction – sometimes all learners do is
solve problem after problem with the hope that they will eventually ‘get it’.
Enter Bettermarks®, a sharp online platform for Maths that employs very sophisticated technology in order for learners to access personalised learning. Bettermarks® takes adaptive learning to the next level – it is a truly personalised platform which is complimented by how easy it is to use by both teacher and learner.
What makes Bettermarks® stand out is that learners get
real time feedback at every stage, it gives specific feedback, and even gives the
option to access the textbook if necessary. This turns mistakes into learning
opportunities as it allows for errors in thinking to be diagnosed immediately,
and then remedied, before a crucial test or exam.
There are thousands of questions and the adaptive
technology checks the thousands of competencies needed across the curriculum to
flag any knowledge gaps, and then provides learners with further exercises to
practice and master topics. Real time feedback and self-monitoring helps
motivate learners and gives them confidence.
Teachers can access learners’ results and progress via reports and then apply hands-on intervention if necessary – or assign further exercises via the platform. The platform will keep recommending exercises to learners to fill knowledge gaps until the teacher is assured the problem has been solved, and the teacher can then close the gap on the platform’s back-end.
Teachers can use Bettermarks® in many different ways
to help them monitor learner progress and difficulties, and to assist them in
their progress. Features include the option of building worksheets from the question
banks and distributing them to all learners – or individual learners –
depending on the need. The questions can also be formulated into a test (which
prevents tips and textbook access and is password protected). The platform
marks all worksheets and tests automatically which saves the teacher a
significant amount of time.
One of the outstanding features is that Bettermarks® is
developed to test learners’ skills in answering a Maths problem – not just
multiple choice. Depending on the question, learners may have to divide blocks
into fractions, draw graphs, or indicate points on a number line, amongst many
other practical applications.
The teacher dashboard gives a teacher a one screen
overview of learners’ progress, and it also conveniently highlights areas in
which all learners are struggling, thereby making whole class intervention
This easy-to-use platform is a class act and a true asset to the classroom. Learners pay only R150 per calendar year subscription and teacher access is free with every class set purchased. Request a demo today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 011 731 3359.
The time is drawing close for the Cape Winelands Education District’s elearning conference expo in Worcester (9 March 2019). Make sure that you visit the classroom of the Digital Education Group to view their superb training material.