All posts by Kobus van Wyk

Stimulus Maksima joins ADESSA

ADESSA welcomes on board yet another new member, Stimulus Maksima.  When asked what the company is all about, Lotta Engelbrecht, the executive director, said:

We assist our clients, ranging from toddlers to adults, in obtaining their desired reading literacy and numeracy levels.

 “Our computer-aided learning systems are based on auto-remedial principles and monitor progress on a realtime basis.

“A variety of schools, private centers, parents assisting their children at home, as well as students and adults wanting to improve their reading skills, use our philosophy, services and products with great success.”

ADESSA WELCOMES CYLO AS A MEMBER

One of the latest companies to join ADESSA is Cylo.

“At Cylo, we have brought together decades of knowledge from around the digital world to create our powerful digital platform, Allexis,” says Enzo Vailati, the CEO of the company.

Allexis Education is much more than a Learning Management System (LMS), it is an innovative and holistic platform created to aid schools in becoming completely paperless. Everything a teacher or learner requires for their education is available to them in a smart and mobile tablet, with a plethora of interactive apps to choose from.  Allexis Education is fully customisable for each school or University, both aesthetically and in regard to the applications that they wish to use. For example, you may wish to utilise the full ecosystem of applications or you may like to utilise our eReader and Library which is rich in both educational and trade content. The Allexis library has an extensive repertoire of titles from several major publishers including Penguin, NB Publishers, Shuter and Shooter, Oxford University Press and Via Afrika. In addition to this, the Allexis library also contains a large catalogue of music, music videos and audio books.

A Mind Activation System to develop your visual, reading and cognitive skills

The Directors of Lectorsa, Thomas and Minda Marshall, firmly believe that to create a better future we must be able to think clearer, as well as read and comprehend better.

Expectations for students and people in the workplace have increased dramatically, yet our methods of interacting with information have not. With an explosion of data across the globe, a GAP formed between students and the curriculum – placing learners, students and the workforce under a lot of strain. The world we live in has changed a lot and it keeps on changing; so, it is important to develop visual and cognitive skills.

Information is multiplying by the hour and we have less and less time to assimilate and integrate existing and new information.  LAB-on-line was created to bridge this GAP and to supercharge the abilities of students and the leaders of tomorrow.

Lectorsa (a member of ADESSA) is a South African-based company that created a Mind Activation System called LAB-on-line. The programme offers the basis to ensure a strong foundation for future interaction with knowledge and information.  How many times do you find yourself reading a passage and realising that you did not understand what you read?  Or  perhaps you cannot remember what you read. The reason for this is that we learn how to read, but we seldom are taught the value of reading-to-learn.   It has never been more important to activate minds through training and developing accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading; and thereby improving comprehension through cognitive development.

With a proven track record of effective assistance and the development of crucial cognitive skills to more than 68 000 users, LAB-on-line offers the strong foundation that is needed to excel in advanced information processing.

Workshop: How to sell effectively to schools

Join SchoolAdvisor (a strategic partner of ADESSA) and CiTi  who will be  running a workshop on how to sell effectively to schools on Friday, 12 May 2017.  The workshop will consist of engaging presentations from people who have real success stories from working and selling to schools, one of the toughest markets to open.  All the presenters will be talking from real experience and give you tips and strategies you can put straight into action.

Click here for more information about the workshop and what you must to do attend.

2017 ADESSA AGM

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ADESSA was once again a successful event.  Despite protest action, many delegates braved the crowds and met at the premises of  Edit Microsystems  on Friday, 7 April 2017 to reflect on the past year; others linked in remotely from Johannesburg and Durban.  The attendees were thrilled to learn that ADESSA membership nearly doubled since the beginning of 2016 and that the outlook for continued growth is good.

The highligh of the meeting was the address by Mr Henry Kavuma of the DBE who spoke about the progress of e-education in South Africa.   Emphasizing the important roll of ADESSA, he said: “The e-education industry, rather than individual companies, must be speaking with one voice to the DBE.”  And that is exactly the mission of ADESSA.

Emails and the school curriculum

When last did you use one of these?

How many letters do you lately find in your letterbox?  And how many paper based letters do you post in the red post boxes?  Compare that with the number of emails you receive and write daily.  For most of us, emails are now the preferred way of communication, to such an extent that we hardly make use of snail mail.

At school we were all taught how to write letters: the personal “Dear Mary” type, as well as the more formal “Dear Mr Smith” business letters.  We were taught about form, register, good letter writing techniques and even some letter writing etiquette.

Did you know that this is still what is being taught in South African schools?  This in spite of the fact that learners may never have seen such a letter in their life!  The writing of emails is not part of the curriculum of language subjects.  It is true that the writing of emails is part of the CAT (Computer Applications Technology) courses, but relatively few learners take this subject at school.

Of course, a few teachers have already taken the bold move to “extend” the curriculum unofficially by including email writing in their classes … but these ones are the exception.

This is just a small example to illustrate the long way we still have to go to prepare learners to function efficiently in this digital age.

Welcome on board, Interactive AV Solutions

The latest company to join the ranks of ADESSA is Interactive AV Solutions Ltd.  The company was formed in the United Kingdom in 2008 with the purpose of providing Audio Visual solutions dedicated to the Education and Corporate sectors.

With over 10 years experience in the Audio Visual industry, Interactive Audio Visual Solutions strive to provide a first-world-service to its clients in South Africa.

The company is the proud distributors of the award winning Clevertouch interactive touch screens. Clevertouch was the first interactive touchscreen with an inbuilt Android OS and now comes with a PC built into the unit so that it can be used just like a giant tablet. Now, in its 8th year, the most recent innovations include the Clevertouch Plus Series with its custom designed, free to use, app store.

ICT for Educators’ skills training

Parrot Interactive believes in educators’ continuously practicing how to incorporate technology in the classroom to enhance their teaching style and  learning needs.  With this in view, the company is  running a special training programme.

For educators to be comfortable with technology use in the classroom, there is need for continuous use of  the devices or software, sharing information with fellow educators, support from the school authorities and seeing the benefits of technology in the classroom.   These needs will be explored on the course.

For more information on quotations and training availability contact Parrot Products at 086 126 2737 or pitraining@parrot.co.za