All posts by Kobus van Wyk

Lowering pass rate: fuelling the fire

Lectorsa, an ADESSA member, asked if lowering the requirements to pass in school, as recently considered by the Department of Basic Education, is truly the answer or are we only fuelling the fire?

Co-Director of Lectorsa, Minda Marshall explained:

Today we live in a technology and media-suffused environment with access to an abundance of information and our expectations for students (also in the workplace) have increased dramatically, but our methods of interacting with information have not. Students are already challenged and need improved development of skills and strategies to survive and excel in the environments they will have to function in.  Lowering the standard is not the answer we are looking for.

Owing to the explosion of data a GAP (the information/application GAP) was formed between the student and the curriculum placing learners, students and our workforce under a lot of strain resulting in poor academics and a decrease in work readiness.

We need to bridge this GAP by re-wiring learners minds through developing their Cognitive and Visual Processing Skills and by equipping them with the right ‘tools’ so that they can succeed in this globally and digitally interconnected world. At Lectorsa we have developed an on-line Mind Activation Solution – LAB-on-line, after more than 30 years of research and development, that does exactly that. By training and increasing eye-brain performance we produce healthier and stronger minds in our users.

LAB helps users to improve and develop skills pertaining to critical thinking, problem-solving, questioning, research, creativity, reading and written communication, to name only a few. This prepares them for a world where change is constant and learning never stops.

Life-long learning is the only way to sustain proficient learning in the world we live in today. Never before has it been more important to activate student minds, train and develop accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading and improve comprehension through cognitive development.

I stand by my view that the answer does not lie in lowering the pass rate, but in re-imagining our methods of teaching.

ADESSA AT EDUWEEK

The strategic partnership with EduWeek has worked well for ADESSA.  Many of our members exhibited at the event, and a number of other exhibitors showed great interest in the activities of ADESSA.  We hope to welcome some of them on board in the near future.

Andre van der Merwe at the PPM Audio Visual stand – PPM is an ADESSA member,

 

Smarter classrooms … from wePresent

Using collaborative workspaces is not a new concept in education, but the introduction of a variety of PCs, smart phones, and tablets makes it hard to let everybody participate.

Forward-thinking institutions are looking for classroom technology solutions that easily adapt to the BYOD culture and give students a better source for unified communication and collaboration. wePresent models are designed to facilitate both instructors and students with easy to use features that allow for more meaningful interaction during education.

Compatible with ChromeCast, AirPlay, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. wePresent allows students to participate in classroom discussions from their own device, interactively present and collaborate.

wePresent offers the following for your Smart Classroom:

  • Up to 64 users can connect and be in que to present
  • Quad-Screen projection of up to 4 users simultaneously
  • Allows wireless 1080p HD presentations
  • Works with ANY device (PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
  • ChromeCast and AirPlay compatible
  • Conference control gives the teacher full control
  • Audience WebSlides allowing users to save back to their device
  • Adheres to strict security standards
  • Doubles as a wireless access point
  • Integrates with SMARTboards and touchscreens
  • Eliminates the needs for additional equipment
  • Display 1 presentation to 4 displays in different rooms on the same network

With an abundance of IT network settings, wePresent easily adapts to a school’s rigorous security environment. There’s a built-in wireless access point that can be enabled, as well as additional security features such as a 4-digit randomly-generated access code, enterprise-level encryption and an onboard gatekeeper option.

Smarter Classrooms … an affordable, feature-rich classroom technology solution compatible with any device.

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.