Microsoft is offering this free guide, simple and easy to use, during a time that distance learning is the only way to assist learners.
This guide will help you to adapt school systems quickly to distance learning with resources from Microsoft Education. While there’s no equal to the physical classroom and in-person connections between educators and students, Office 365, Microsoft Teams and other app experiences like Flipgrid can enable online connections and key learning outcomes when the physical classroom isn’t an option.
With great excitement, Lectorsa and
M3line launched the EyeBrainGym during the past few weeks in Limpopo,
Freestate, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KZN.
Marshall, director of M3line, shared “Eye-Brain-Gym, our solution is a
customised Eye-Brain training course with an individualised specific Game Plan
to suit your schedule and or needs. It offers a selection of dynamic games and
reading actions culminating in cognitive skills sessions to enhance the
executive function in the brain and the interaction in the brain to move
information faster to the pre-frontal cortex. Our exercises will improve your
comprehension and bring you to a new level of competence when dealing with
M3line, in collaboration with Lectorsa, have
developed EyeBrainGym based on ten years’ data with more than 100,000 case
studies in LAB-on-line. Lectorsa have seen great results in developing visual
processing, reading and comprehension for their users. There was great
excitement at the launch of EyeBrainGym. The hope is that this product can
build on many other significant efforts to MAXimise the #ReadingRevolution
South Africa so desperately need.
According to the research, everyone can and
should read more, see faster, think clearer and reason better.
“Our focus is to advance visual intelligence
while addressing processing, reading and comprehension development from Grade R
to Grade 12 learners in schools. We collaborate with universities to develop
subject-specific materials for tertiary students and have high expectations a
better future for all. We’ve seen an overall improvement of 6 years average for
our users”, shared Minda Marshall Director of Lectorsa.
The vision is to ensure connected students, to transform
educational experiences and create engaged citizens. The directors explained
that EyeBrainGym was developed in a way that games are used in specific
sequence and intervals with researched weights and timeslots to achieve certain
outcomes regarding visual processing and cognitive skills development. The aim
is to develop a coherent mind, to achieve improved interaction with visual
information through improved visual and cognitive skills.
The evening concluded with nominations for a
school or organisation to be sponsored by guests to give students access to the
new system. Congratulations, to Mbokota High School in Limpopo who won 30
EyeBrainGym subscriptions to the value of R114,000.00. The project will kick
off at the rural school in Limpopo after the April holidays.
NOW, imagine a world of engaged and connected
citizens, a world with infinite possibilities and endless opportunities. See
passionate people with a solutions mindset, creating a better future for all. A
world of prosperous, generous people. The world of EyeBrainGym! Join us in
making this a reality for every student in our nation, for every worker, for
every manager. Contact our office on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are
interested in supporting a school to activate EyeBrainGym for their students.
How is Snapplify helping schools to minimise disruption?
As always, Snapplify remains focused on providing e-learning solutions that empower educators and enable students to achieve their best.
Access to much of Snapplify’s award-winning technology is available for free. Snapplify Engage is an award-winning e-learning platform and digital library solution. Any school can register for Engage for free and access tools that enable learning and reading to continue uninterrupted, from home.
Snapplify’s newly launched Teacher Benefits programme is being made available to all teachers in affected areas for free during this period via Snapplify Engage. Any teacher registered on the platform can access the Snapplify Teacher Benefits programme, which includes key educational resources that are either discounted or available for free.
In early 2020, The Answer Series (well-known for their quality resources and trusted for decades) joined the programme to offer their study guides to all South African teachers for FREE via Engage.
currently inviting other publishers of world-class educational materials to
join their Teacher Benefits programme by making some or all of their content
freely available to teachers over this period.
Teachers are able to bridge the gap by creating and sharing resources that their students can use for home study via Snapplify Engage. The Engage e-learning platform allows users to share teacher-created, multimedia resource materials with students. Teachers can film a science experiment, create a video lecture series, record an educational podcast and use audio files to read aloud to students – the opportunities are endless. Educators can also share written resources, like notes and worksheets, for students to access along with their prescribed e-textbooks and other supplementary resources from the digital library.
Snapplify has extended its online technical support to ensure that students and teachers have access to the support they need while transitioning to digital tools. To ensure that teachers and students have all the tech support they need during this time, Snapplify’s live chat support hours have been extended to 6 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. The Snapplify Knowledge Base is also packed with helpful, step-by-step articles to guide schools, students and parents as they use the platform.
And how can parents
guide and support them? SA’s Digital Life Skills experts offer 7 key tips for
As Covid-19 has exploded from a distant reality in South Africa
to a global pandemic, with increasing local cases of the virus, we can
count ourselves lucky to have almost instant access to
information, education and updates on the status of disease. However, the sheer
volume of information – fact based or hysteria-driven – can
be overwhelming, even for adults. What does this information and the
adults’ concern look like to our kids, and how are they consuming information
on apps like TikTok, Instagram, or Snapchat?
SA’s leading digital life skills expert, Dean McCoubrey, whose company MySociaLife teaches an 8-module social media program in SA schools, explains that the skill of critical thinking – the ability to question what may be true or false, safe or dangerous, right or wrong – is a key life skill in an explosive world of self-publishing, fake news, and cyberbullying. Consider how much time some teens (and even pre-teens spend online), what is interpreted and then discussed at school, irrespective of whether it may be fake news. Early cases of the virus have seen online hate and memes on some apps towards those with the virus.
Children and teens need to be guided
about how to choose what content they consume about the disease, in addition to
ongoing engagement with the adults they trust. Schools and parents often
overlook the source of their children’s news.
“We’ve got more access to information about Covid-19 thanks to the internet and social media than we’ve had for any other global epidemics such as SARS, MERS and the various Ebola outbreaks, which is helping to manage and treat it,” McCoubrey says.
“The challenge with social media is that it can magnify
our herd mentality. And anyone and everyone can
publish information which may not be true or negative in a bid to get traction.
In the middle of this are our children, who have yet to develop the
ability to discern fake news from important facts, and can become
overwhelmed or anxious if they are exposed to the wrong information.”
There are a number of steps that parents can take to reassure children, discuss the implications of the disease, and equip them to self-manage their access to information. These include …
Edtech company Snapplify has acquired Onnie
Media / Teacha! – an educator media
hub for South African teachers. The acquisition further diversifies the
Snapplify Group’s fast-growing educational portfolio and highlights the edtech
company’s already established position as a serious contender in the global
Onnie Media / Teacha! is South Africa’s largest independent online teacher
community. A media hub, resource marketplace, and careers portal – the company
specialises in empowering, inspiring, and uplifting South African teachers.
Snapplify is at the forefront of edtech
innovations in Africa, where their marketplace for digital education content,
related educational services, and devices is used by thousands of schools across
the continent. This acquisition bolsters Snapplify’s goals to continue to
develop an offering that is compelling and valuable for teachers. Recently, Snapplify announced the launch of its Teacher Benefits
programme, which consolidates their wide-ranging value-adds for
teachers: from promotional offers and discounts on prescribed and supplementary
materials, to expanded access to teacher-created resources.
‘We believe that successful digital education
in classrooms requires more than a simple switch from physical to digital
textbooks,’ said Snapplify CEO, Wesley Lynch. ‘Expanding our offering to
include teacher support tools is crucially important to us, and we’re pleased to
have Teacha! join the Snapplify Group
to further this mission.’
Owing to the strategic partnership between ADESSA and SchoolAdvisor, our members were invited to exhibit at the Schoolscape event on Friday, 6 March 2020 in Durbanville. It was a great opportunity to meet with teachers and education department officials, showcasing the latest technologies.