The latest edition of The Mighty Pen is now available for download. As usual, it is packed with lots of interesting articles.
[This article is contributed by Minda Marshall of Lectorsa.]
“The world will always need human brilliance, human ingenuity and human skills.” – Brad Keywell, Co-Founder and CEO, Update Technologies. True! The world’s most priceless commodity is indeed, people. We need to invest in them, inspire them, and empower them to have an ‘I can’ mindset.
Currently, headlines in the media are painting a bleak picture of education globally. According to a recent article by Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), 617 million children and adolescents worldwide – six out of ten – are not reaching the minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. This gives us reason for concern, especially in a time where everything is changing and Industry 4.0 is a reality. However, there is a solution.
We (you and I) are the solution. If we join forces we can combat illiteracy and improve educational outcomes across the globe. It can be done. At Lectorsa we have been doing this. ]With our virtual solution, LAB-on-line, we utilize the vehicle of reading and comprehension development to improve visual processing skills and cognitive abilities. We employ the principles of neuromodulation to help readers ‘build’ a structure for interaction with visual information in order to see faster, think better and remember more. Through an online, automated, real-time, data-driven system we achieve excellent results for the personal development of each of our users. Added to that, of course, an improvement in silent reading, fluency (required for learning), language skills and improved academic outcomes. We have successfully ‘rewired’ more than 85 000 minds to learn, retain and to excel!
Someone once said, ”A child without education is like a bird without wings.” All of us want to see every child soar to great academic heights. We want to make it possible for them to unlock their true potential and to realize their dreams, for they are our future.
At Lectorsa we have seen and experienced the transformation our system brings into the lives of learners across the board. Join us in making the difference the world needs as we improve these crucial skills and results with proven scientific methods. Let’s accelerate and escalate the intellectual capital of our students.
Teaching and learning Afrikaans as a First Additional Language (FAL) can be quite a challenge. Learners are generally not motivated to engage with the subject and get bored with what is being taught as the language focus can seem quite repetitive year on year. In addition to this, today’s Generation Z learners have specific expectations on how they would like to be taught.
Generation Z learners are true digital natives and are motivated by technology, instant feedback, fun and engaging activities, and rewards for progress. In addition, they want to be the navigators of their learning and engage with content in a way they’re comfortable with. In many ways the learners themselves have become disruptors to traditional education and one needs to teach ‘where they are at’ to get the required results.
Enter KLIEK, an amazing, fresh, blended learning approach for teaching and learning Afrikaans FAL.
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To address 21st Century learning and teaching requirements, KLIEK has developed a fully integrated workbook and online platform approach which extends front of class teaching onto learners’ personal devices.
KLIEK is designed to blend into the teachers’ style. Teachers present lessons using the workbook and online portal, and from there learners complete the book- and platform based interactive activities and tests. All digital activities collate with the book and make learning truly engaging. The animations and games are youthful in style and are all unique. As learners complete the fun activities they get immediate feedback on their progress and even get badges for effectively completing tasks. Through this programme, Afrikaans teachers can take the reins in technology-enabled learning geared towards results.
The portal also contains much additional study work and examples related to each language concept. For teachers there is also a fully integrated feedback tool which allows teachers to assess learners’ progress and areas of required development.
KLIEK’s blended learning approach has been developed by a dynamic teacher and developer team to specifically engage and motivate Generation Z learners while meeting curriculum requirements.
Learners that are currently using the programme greatly enjoy the variety. There is a clear and measurable improvement in not only their marks but also their attitude towards learning Afrikaans.
KLIEK can be applied from Grades 6 – 12 and can be integrated at any point in a learner’s schooling. It will convert the Afrikaans classroom into a Digital Learning Hub.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Go to the EduTech website to secure your free pass. This is a great opportunity to see the latest developments in technology for education.
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!