All posts by Kobus van Wyk

A way to simplify Education management

EDUPAC® Software Support Services (Pty) Ltd, a long-time member of ADESSA, is an International Leader in Education Management. The company provides an EMIS Software Solution designed to effortlessly collate Education Management Data and efficiently provide information to all stakeholders being it Owners, Employees, Educators, Parents, Students or a Government.

EDUPAC® Enterprise is an online, reliable and robust ERP Software Suite inclusive of cross-platform Mobile applications with integrated data flow between all divisional functions at Educational Institutions:

  • Student Administration and Online Registration with Documents, Performance and Mobile Management for Attendance and Conduct. 
  • Curriculum and Course Management with continuous Monitoring of Learner progress achieved by using Graphs and Dashboards.
  • Employee and Educator Management inclusive of Leave, Absenteeism, Specialization and Classroom Mobile Management.
  • Communication Portals providing secure information, Bulk SMS, e-mails and notifications to any custom group of recipients.
  • Financial Management – Budgets, Cash books, Petty Cash, Customer Ledger and batch Billing, Vendor Ledger, Income and Expense Ledger with Account Categories, Groups and Business units, Importing of Bank account statements for easy month-end and year-end reconciliations.
  • Stock and Assets Inventory Management for collating Vendor procurement history of pricing, quantity and average costs with depreciation and warehouse allocation.

EDUPAC® Enterprise is optimally designed to: 

  • Highly Reduce Manual and Duplicated Administration at Institutional level;
  • Ensure Real-time Information to all Management Levels and Stakeholders using Data Driven Dashboards;
  • Provide Effective Planning and Management via Portals and Dashboards from a centralized Data Warehouse;
  • Deliver Seamless Integration to Learning Management Systems and other Information Systems;
  • Quickly Deploy Online for a single Institution or a Country;
  • Intuitive to use with an Interactive Help guide and step-by-step Training Videos.
www.edupac.co.za Tel: +27 11 867-9420 directors@edupac.co.za
 

BESA INTERVIEW

To create business opportunities for our members, ADESSA is forming partnerships with other organizations that could open doors for them. One such organization is BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association). To start the conversation, a brief interview was conducted with me to make BESA members aware of what ADESSA is doing. In time I hope that our association would reap mutual benefits.

Special offer from Brainplay

With the end of the educational year nearing very quickly, Brainplay offers you the opportunity to replenish resources for 2020. There are nearly 4 000 Educational Resources available.  This includes Brainplay’s Foundation Phase Maths Kits (R3 699.00) as well as the Intermediate Phase Maths Kits (R5 415.00).

The 2019/2020 catalogue can be found here. A 10% discount is offered on all the products in the range – this special offer is valid until the end of November 2019.

Please send a list of the items in which you are interested (with their codes) to info@brainplay.co.za and you will be sent a formal quotation, Brainplay will ensure that they still have sufficient stock of the items on your list.  

Some of the fabulous products on the list!

Everything you need for e-learning this year

For many schools, Snapplify’s simple solutions have made the adoption of digital education easy. Not only have educators seen just how easy procurement and delivery of e-textbooks can be in the digital age, but they’ve discovered how digital tools can transform their classrooms.

Snapplify makes e-textbook procurement easy!

Easy-peasy ebook access

While the procurement of physical textbooks can be a lengthy and complicated, purchasing e-textbooks via Snapplify is quick and easy.

Snapplify’s diverse catalogue of high-quality, curriculum-aligned, diverse content from trusted educational publishers – both local and international – means that schools don’t need to deal with multiple providers, nor do they need to worry about titles going out of stock, becoming out of date, or taking time to arrive. Instead, Snapplify is what Colin Zinyeredzi – Resource Centre Manager at Parklands College South Africa – calls a ‘one-stop shop for educational and leisure reading material’. With Snapplify’s prescribed lists, schools can purchase on behalf of students and staff, or direct parents to purchase exactly what they need from the Snapplify Engage e-learning platform, via credit card or EFT. Quality devices are also readily available directly from Snapplify.

Each year, students can be issued with the latest e-textbooks without paper waste or returns of older books. Institutions can also monitor e-textbook usage through Snapplify Insights, and use this valuable data to inform future budgeting decisions and content choices. Colin Zinyeredzi has found this feature particularly useful, saying, ‘The system automatically manages the circulation of resources and even more importantly – it keeps a record of important statistics,’ while his colleague,  Martin Levitt, ICT support technician at the same school echoes this, sharing: ‘[Snapplify] has made management much easier in getting the correct content to the learners and educators. Engage is an excellent tool that we use to keep track of our users and the titles they have.’

Several schools using Snapplify have noted how beneficial it is for students to have all their ebooks and e-textbooks in one place. Grant Lewis, ICT integrator at Crawford College La Lucia has spoken about how their ‘learners are loving their ebooks and the Snapplify Reader experience’, going on to say that ‘Snapplify has played a huge part in helping us transform our school into a more effective learning environment.’ Teacher Chanica Gibhard from Oakley House, a remedial school in Cape Town, shares how the reader app has specifically helped her students: ‘It can help every child differently. The technology just makes it a lot easier to target those needs. It brings everything together into one device.”

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tHE September 2019 issue of ‘the mighty pen’ IS out

The latest issue (September 2019) issue of The Mighty Pen is now available for download.

As usual, it is packed with information, relevant to education. An overview of the activities of ADESSA is included in this issue. It is also good to see advertisements and articles about several ADESSA members, including Pearson, Edupac, Snapplify, Oxford University Press and Eduboard.

Snapplify raises $2 million to accelerate growth into new markets

CAPE TOWN, 25 September 2019

Leading global edtech company, Snapplify, has secured $2 million expansion capital from venture capital firm Knife Capital, and empowered African investment manager Hlayisani Capital’s Hlayisani Growth Fund. The funding will boost the company’s continued growth into new markets.

New partnerships with local and international investors take Snapplify to the next level.

‘We’ve been following Snapplify’s impressive growth journey since inception and it is a privilege to finally partner with the company and its stakeholders,’ says Andrea Bӧhmert, Co-Managing Partner at Knife Capital, adding: ‘Africa faces a wide range of social and economic challenges, from access to affordable tertiary education, to a skills shortage across a number of key industries. Though it would be over-optimistic to say that e-learning alone can solve these problems, the impact is clearly measurable. At Knife Capital we believe in investing in companies that solve real problems and in doing so generate meaningful returns to stakeholders and shareholders alike. Snapplify is such a company and we look forward to being part of the next growth phase.’ Bӧhmert will join Snapplify’s board of directors.

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ADESSA EXHIBITS AT WCED EVENT

On Saturday, 24 August 2019, twelve members of ADESSA had the opportunity to exhibit and present their products and services at the e-Champions conference of the Metropole East District of the Western Cape Education department.

ITSI, now a part of FutureLearn, showed the different services available from this group.
Interactive devices from Interactive AV Solutions always attracts attention.

Snapplify becomes an official Google for Education partner

Snapplify offeres schools world-class digital tools as official Google for education partner

With a long history of helping teachers and students to discover and learn digitally, pan-African edtech company Snapplify is now a Google for Education partner. For schools using both Snapplify and Google in the classroom, the new Google partnership means greater value, lighter administration, and the ability to build an adaptable digital education ecosystem that works for each particular institution. The development underlines great investment in the education industry by tech companies who are working together to create real change.

Snapplify’s award-winning digital education solutions give students a competitive edge both inside and outside the classroom by  removing obstacles, and improving access to ebooks and digital learning tools. Snapplify’s e-learning platform, Engage, provides schools of all sizes with the tools they need to digitally transform their classrooms and seamlessly integrate with other powerful, globally recognised education tools – like Google Classroom.

‘Snapplify is fully invested in working with schools and as a Google for Education partner we’re in an even better position to support our schools using world-class solutions. We look forward to offering seamless integration between Google and Snapplify’s e-learning products so that the benefits of digital education can be fully realised by more and more schools as they nurture the next generation of great thinkers,’ said Snapplify’s CEO Wesley Lynch.

See how schools like Oakley House School in Cape Town are using Snapplify and Google solutions in the classroom with this short video.

Email hello@snapplify.com to chat about how we can work together.

CLEVERBOTS TEACH KIDS TO CODE

Wonder Workshop’s CleverBots teach kids to code while playing and having fun. With free apps available for iOS and Android devices and Chrome. Wonder Workshop offers a unique educational platform providing fun to girls and boys from age 6+.

Cue

A witty, entertaining robot with four hero avatars & enhanced AI that takes personality, interactive communication, and programming to a new level. Designed for kids 11yr +

Dash

Dash is smart enough to respond to voices and sounds and Dash can dance and sing, which makes for a fun and interactive learning experience for kids. Designed for kids 6yr +

Dot

Small but mighty, Dot is Dash’s companion, and quite a brainy little robot on its own. Dot comes with several built-in games, such as Magic Dot Ball, Dot of Music, and Light Sword. Using our free apps, Wonder and Blockly, students can create more than 100 games. Plus, with its IR-sensors, Dot can sense and even control Dash! Designed for kids 6yr +

For further information, contact Edit Microsystems.

Everyone can read better

President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised the importance of ensuring that all South African children learn to read during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 20 June.

Sharing President Ramaphosa’s vision, Lectorsa has taken the lead and launched their #YesIcan Literacy campaign at the beginning of the year. The Lectorsa team is determined to work with all interested schools, businesses and NGO’s to use more than thirty years of research to improve literacy skills in South African schools and boost educational outcomes. The aim is to equip South Africa’s young people affectively with the right skillsets, to grow with an ever-changing world.

LAB-on-line data refers to more than 95 000 individual profiles (mostly ESLS across South Africa) that demonstrate how to not only improve reading and visual literacy, but also cognitive abilities for users from the first year of schooling through to management levels.

 In 2018, one of the groups they empowered, Grade 4 learners, improved their reading skills to a Grade 7 level, measured to international norms and standards.

Director of Lectorsa, Minda Marshall said, “These learners, also mostly English Second Language Students (ESLS) exceeded the expected outcomes and gave us great hope for what can be achieved with the right type of intervention.”

Indeed, the debate concerning at what age students should start the language of instruction as English and not mother tongue has been raging for several years. Important aspects that deserve our attention in this area are:

  • Mother tongue instruction in reading is important[i]
  • “Instruction in English from as early as possible is the best way to become fluent in English.” As indicated by the latest cognitive research “If you want to have native-like knowledge of English grammar, you should start from up to 10 years old.”[ii]
  • The current implementation preference in most South African public schools, which is the option to use mother-tongue instruction as opposed to English instruction in grades one, two and three, generally leads to better English learning in the long run.[iii]
  • We need to ensure that the best practices to improve and develop reading skills are accessible to all our South African learners.

How can you do your part?

PARENTS

  • Parents should read to their young children-  preferably beautiful stories in their home language.
  • Children in Grade 1, 2 and 3 should read to their parents from their school workbooks.
  • Parents should ensure that there are books available at home.

SCHOOLS and other organisations

  • Schools must take up the responsibility to ensure that accurate strategies for literacy intervention and development are deployed at ALL levels.
  • TVET colleges and universities should empower all their students with the necessary skill sets to be able to interact effectively with the information they have to study.
  • Colleges and universities should ensure access to the best training courses available for teachers, facilitators and parents.
  • Government and private sector should work together to ensure that more libraries in our communities are established giving learners access to books.
  • Companies and individuals can sponsor students, schools and NPO’s with the implementation of a system like LAB-on-line (contact us at office@lectorsa.com for more information)

“At Lectorsa, we have a proven strategy. In the schools where we have implemented our solution, educational outcomes improved, learners’ self-confidence increased and growth was evident. We are ready to do our part in ensuring the next ten years see a major change in literacy levels in our nation.”

Excited about the future, Marshall said, “Transforming South Africa is possible.  Together we can make a real and sustainable difference. Join our movement – #yesican literacy campaign and be part of the solution.”