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.
The July/August issue of The Mighty Penis 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Research, as well as our experience at Stimulus Maksima! over the past twenty-three years, demonstrated a direct relationship between the ability to read adequately and the emotional and psychological well-being of children. It, therefore, also relates positively to academic, cultural and sports performance as well as on academic and professional careers thereafter.
Successful careers perused by a passionate and motivated workforce impacts on the economic well-being and prosperity of communities, towns, cities and countries over the longer term.
Research studies demonstrated that the cost of illiteracy in our country is enormous, almost immeasurable, making it the responsibility of all stakeholders to take hands and get involved in the fight against illiteracy.
[Contributed by Hennie Engelbrecht, Director of Stimulus Maksima.]
CAPE TOWN, 21 August 2018 – In the Information Age, distinguishing between decent and poor content can be difficult; but with Snapplify Library, parents and educators can feel reassured that students have access to quality educational material. Snapplify Library – a solution that forms part of Snapplify’s digital education suite – provides instant access to educational resources, making studying easier and even working to improve pass rates.
Snapplify’s Library solution allows institutions to create and manage a digital library easily and effectively, and provides students with easier access to ebooks. Once titles have been selected by an institution, the library is immediately open for use, 24 hours a day – unlike print libraries, which can involve a lengthy acquisition process of curation, ordering, transport, delivery, categorising and shelving, and have restricted opening hours. Snapplify’s extensive catalogue includes over 100 000 library-licensed titles, including top-quality e-textbooks from leading local and international publishers across a variety of subjects, study areas, and grades – from primary school to higher education. The library offering also includes free ebooks from Project Gutenberg, Book Dash, and Siyavula Education, as well as past exam papers for matric students to use.
Snapplify Library allows users within an institution – whether a school, or a higher education institution – to check out library ebooks during the academic year, and for the librarian to control the access and loan period. Returns can also be managed automatically, according to a preset loan period, so there is no risk of books going missing; while the Wait List function systematically assigns specific ebooks to any users in the queue as soon as titles are returned. Other functions for administrators include being able to block inappropriate content and creating a list of ‘librarian top picks’ using Favourites. All users are also able to browse through curated lists of Recommended titles (ebooks recommended by other Library users), as well as Snapplify’s Collections (an extensive list of suggested reads, grouped by themes and chosen by Snapplify staff in consultation with qualified teachers).
‘Ultimately, Snapplify Library is a simple lending model (which mirrors the print model for libraries, but with added benefits). We make it easy for institutions to offer a robust digital library solution to students, while providing usage statistics to validate purchases. These simple and effective solutions make e-learning easier, meaning students are likely to use the platform and have a higher chance of passing,’ said Snapplify’s Higher Education Account Manager Penny de la Plain.
To learn more about Snapplify’s digital education solutions, including Snapplify Library, visit their website.
We all know the misery of having to install and maintain HDMI cables, patch-panels, fly-leads, trunking and more in classrooms and boardrooms for projectors and large TV monitors. The new SimpleShare Wireless Presentation Solutions from InFocus puts an end to all of that. SimpleShare offers easy, instant wireless presentations at the click of a button.
Simply plug and play with no software installation and transmit high quality HD data, video and sound in real time at the touch of a button. They work with any HDMI input, PC, Mac, DVD or other devices.