Those who will be at the Cape Winelands Education District conference/expo on 9 March 2019 in Worcester will have the opportunity to look at a variety of courses that are of value to educators.
Limited access to digital tools due to cost restrictions, a lack of technical know-how, and device integration restrictions have been consistent problems for educational institutions in emerging markets.To tackle this problem head on and to give schools the opportunity to explore digital learning at no cost, Snapplify has released a free version of their Engage e-learning platform – known as Basic Engage.
Schools can register online and investigate the applications of the platform for themselves, inviting staff, educators and students to have a look around, too. The platform is fully customisable to suit individual institutions’ needs. Administrators are able to manage user access, and educators can share teacher-created, multimedia resources with their students using the Resources and Groups functions. Librarians can curate a robust, 24-hour access digital library that promotes reading and learning with thousands of free ebooks and study resources to choose from, such as past exam papers, children’s books, sheet music, plays, biographies and more. All ebooks and resources are accessed through the Snapplify Reader app that has broad device integration, and allows for offline use.
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Lectorsa is another one of ADESSA’s esteemed members who will be at the Cape Winelands Education District elearning event next month.
They will showcase a tool that empowers students to master skills like extracting the main idea when reading, increasing vocabulary, arranging information in logical sequence, internalizing facts, analysing subject knowledge, forming a basis for argument and the interpretation of new knowledge.
Edit Microsystems will exhibit different assistive technologies and devices for learners during the elearning conference/expo in Worcester on 9 March 2019. A refreshable Braille device will be one of them.
People who are blind use Braille, a tactile writing and reading system. Traditional Braille is written with embossed or raised dots on paper. Today, technology enables blind persons to read computer screens and electronic devices using refreshable braille displays; electro-mechanical devices which translate on-screen text into braille characters.
Albert Ruel; an advisor to the Canadian council of the Blind; says “Braille frees your ears and your mouth in a meeting or lecture. Braille also allows you to work faster, work independently and listen and read at the same time.”
According to the Canadian Institute for the Blind’s website, those who use braille are more likely to be employed than those who rely on voice synthesizers for those very reasons.
In January 2013, Edit Microsystems introduced the e-Braille Project through which refreshable Braille devices, namely, the BrailleNote Apex and BrailleNote Touch are being deployed in 22 South African schools for blind and partially-sighted learners in order to help improve literacy and increase the possibility of further education and employment.
Blind learners from the Athlone School for the Blind in Cape Town benefit from the e-Braille Project and have access to refreshable braille devices, while those with low vision benefit from using the Eye-Pal Solo text reading device and magnification devices. With these technologies, students can access and edit digital content as well as write and answer assessment questions in braille, while silently typing on the touch screen or touch keyboard using TouchBraille technology.
As part of this project, Kyle Williams, a Junior e-Braille Project Manager at Edit Microsystems and former learner at Athlone school, offered training and support to the learners and teachers whilst stationed at the school three days a week for four years.
Listen/watch an 8 minute video where one story is read in three languages using 7 different techniques. https://www.facebook.com/editmicrosystems/videos/2092393244333619/?t=3
Talking Stories is an innovative South African reading programme that reflects real life situations in South Africa, affirming the sense of identity and dignity of every young reader. This product will be showcased by Macmillan Education on 9 March 2019 at the Cape Winelands elearning conference/expo.
Talking Stories teaches children to love reading!
64 graded storybooks + Interactive activities + Worksheets + Free support
• Talking Stories can be used on a computer or interactive whiteboard, in the classroom, in the computer lab, on a tablet or on a cell phone.
• 64 graded storybooks for levels 1 to 3 across a variety of genres in English, isiXhosa, Afrikaans and isiZulu.
• Stories are graded for Beginner, Core, Intermediate and Advanced within each level.
• Authentic South African stories with colourful illustrations to stimulate learners’ interests.
• Every story comes with three fun interactive activities that draw on the content of the story.
• The activities are aligned with the language curriculum.
• The activities are designed to give the struggling learner a sense of completion of a task, while at the same time providing extension for the most able learner.
• The activities feature ‘drag-and-drop’ answering and supported typing of the text.
• Animated feedback encourages learners, giving them a sense of achievement.
Printable worksheets related to each story are available for extra practice, homework, classroom activities or assessment.
Talking Stories is easy to use
• Child-friendly design with easy navigation.
• All instructions are sound-based.
• Children listen to a story while following it on the screen, and can listen to the same page again if necessary.
• In the lower level each word is highlighted as the child reads it.
• Children are able to listen to the story in their home language first, to build understanding, and then switch to the language of learning and teaching.
A Single User Licence consists of 64 graded storybooks for levels 1 to 3 in one language for one user.
A Network Licence consists of 64 graded storybooks for levels 1 to 3 in one language for an entire school.
For more information, contact Macmillan Education:
Tel: 011 731 3300
Stimulus Maksima will showcase their product to improve reading at the forthcoming Cape Winelands Education District conference/expo (9 March 2019). In the meantime they’ve contributed some food for thought about the success factors that will lead to reading improvement.
Every school can be successful in empowering every learner to obtain the adequate reading skills required to complete every school year, feeling confident, hopeful and inspired to fulfil their dreams and passion in life.
Based on our experience over the past twenty-three years, we identified effective change and project management as essential for the successful implementation of an effective reading strategy and reading improvement system at schools. Effective reading strategies require ownership and overall awareness involving all educators, school management and parents.
Together with overall awareness as well as passionate and motivated role players, sustainable success is guaranteed by the following technical aspects:
- A dedicated computer centre containing state of the art hardware and software.
- Dedicated school principals and educators with a passion for achieving success.
- A structured timetable ensuring that learners will get the necessary exposure required.
- A robust and user-friendly high technology Reading Improvement System that can supply accurate information when and in the format required.
Packed with useful information, The Mighty Pen is now available for download here.
The focus of the Digital Education Group is on skills development and knowledge for all. They have a range of training tools that will be shown during the Cape Winelands Education District elearning conference/expo on Saturday, 9 March 2019.
Pearson is another one of ADESSA’s members that will be present at the Cape Winelands Education District’s elearning confernce/expo on Saturday, 9 March 2019.
For those who are still struggling with adequate internet connectivity, MyPedia, an offline tool, will be of great interest.
Teach360 will be exhibiting their products at the Cape Winelands Education District elearning conference/expo in March 2019. They will also be the sponsors of a bag for each attendee.
The Teach360 team has been in the education industry for many years. Their focus is on on developing comprehensive and efficient CAPS-aligned teacher resources in the form of Teacher Files that meet classroom and administrative needs and School Policies drafted based on legal and regulatory requirements. All their content is created by subject matter and curriculum experts.