First there was behaviourism. Then the learning theory of congnitivism became popular. And towards the end of the last century constructivism became prominent.
All of these theories still contain elements of relevance in the modern classroom. But a new learning theory has emerged: connectivism.
Connectivims has been called “the learning theory for the digital age”. It reasons that, since we are surrounded by many networks (such as networks of information and networks of people) and many of these networks are supported by means of digital means, much learning can happen through these network if we are digitally connected. Through technology a social environment in which learning can take place is thus created.
Many educators have already experienced the value of group work, such as doing projects, in their classrooms. This is getting better and easier with the use of technology. The ubiquitous nature of digital technology makes connectivism not only feasible, but has also become an important way in which people learn. When you need information quickly, how do you go about it? Google it, of course! And such is the nature of learning in the twenty-first century.
For connectivism to flourish in the classroom, one needs dependable and robust devices, reliable connectivity, appropriate knowledge content and teachers who are adequately empowered to use technology as a teaching and learning tool. ADESSA brings together the best of breed companies in South Africa that can supply all the components to make connectivism a reality in our classrooms.
Information Technology is a long-time member of ADESSA. The company is the proud importer and distributor into South Africa of InFocus projectors, meeting collaboration touch-screen and video conferencing systems and accessories. Other product lines imported and distributed are SMK-Link and Gyration remote control and portable audio devices.
Information Technology has a strong projector product presence in education, having supported its authorised dealers in their successful attainment of recent tenders pursuant to the roll-out of ‘Smart Classrooms’ in schools in the Western Cape.
InFocus projectors, with their standard Educational Warranty offering, are widely used by public and private schools, colleges and universities throughout South Africa. The warranty support includes collection, repair and return at no cost to dealers or customers.
For more than 30 years Information Technology has maintained a successful coalition with its dealers and customers based on integrity, service and support.
wePresent is a professional simple-to-use wireless presentation system that allows up to 64 users to collaborate and give a wireless interactive presentation from their Windows/Mac computer, smartphone and/or tablet. No more searching for cables, tripping on wires or calling your IT department!
There are 3 models to choose from: the WiPG-1000, the WiPG-1600, and the WiPG-2000, plus the all new SharePod for adding any HDMI content into the wePresent environment. wePresent connects to any display by HDMI or VGA and creates a wireless projection in full 1080p HD resolution; works with ANY device (PC, Mac, iOS, Android); conference control gives lecturers/presenters full control; adheres to strict security standards; doubles as a wireless access point; integrates with SMART boards and touchscreens; and eliminates the need for additional equipment.
When connected to a local area network, wePresent allows presentations from network computers and supports a passthrough internet connection. 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.
wePresent allows students to give interactive presentations, collaborate, annotate onscreen, or participate in classroom discussions from their own computer, tablet and/or mobile device. The perfect solution for your Smart Classroom.
Strictly speaking, ADE is not an entirely new member. When one door closes, a new one opens and that is exactly what happened in order for Active Digital Education to be established.
Kagiso Activ closed its doors in Feb 2016 which led to Active Digital Education (ADE) being born! ADE now contains the products, training methodologies and staff expertise from the previous company which allows it to provide a service which benefits from all the years of success in Teacher Training.
The two flagship products are eSkills 4 All and eSkills 4 Teachers.
Both products are totally South African with simple English being used for second language users
They have been developed for self-paced learning to make them more affordable but can also be used in a blended approach
Thousands of interactive exercises built in
A quiz to test your knowledge after every Unit
Both products have automated tests so that successful learners can receive certificates
Both products are SACE accredited so educators will receive 25 or 35 CPTD points
eSkills 4 All covers: Operating a PC, Windows, File and Folder Management, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and Email (NQF Levels 1 – 4)
eSkills 4 Teachers covers: Computers in Teaching Practice, Input devices tutorial, Intro to computers, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Internet and Email
Contact Celeste at email@example.com or on 011 084 6000 for further information.
Master Maths,one of the founding members of ADESSA, has been providing professional maths tuition since 1976. Its unique method of integrating personal contact from tutors with interactive computer lessons sets them apart from other maths tuition services. Lessons are authored by highly competent mathematics teachers who interpret the South African curriculum and convert it into a user friendly and easy to understand format. Lesson content is regularly updated according to changes in the curriculum and CAPS document.
Master Maths provides learners with the opportunity to work through the curriculum at their own pace, and at their own level of ability. Learning is reinforced and evaluated both on the computer and through worksheets, which are done in writing and assessed by the tutors. With better understanding comes improved marks and improved confidence. The end result is a positive, motivated, independent learner who has the opportunity to choose the future he or she wants.
Master Maths covers the entire South African mathematics curriculum for Grades 4 to 12 with more than 154 centres across Southern Africa. They also offer Master Science for Grades 10 to 12.
The Blended Learning concept is new to many teachers in South Africa!
One of ADESSA’s members, Maths & Science Marketing, has taken blended learning to the next level, making full use of ICT to enhance the teaching and learning of these critical subjects in South Africa. The subjects being catered for are: Grades 1 – 12 Maths, Grades 10 – 12 Science and Grades 10 – 12 Maths Literacy
With Blended Learning, teachers and learners can make full use of the various forms of hardware equipment – computers, tablets, smart phones, data projector, TVs and the internet. These pieces of equipment may then be used by teachers and learners to access any materials and methodology that is available from the Maths & Science Marketing website – all for FREE!
A single page in the Blended Learning programme (and there are at least 300 pages) identifies and isolates a particular topic/chapter and all relevant CAPS aligned material published by MSM on the website, together with what is also available on the same topic from other top-class websites, is all avaiable from one page on the site by means of links to the respective topic on each of at least 6 – 8 other websites!
Edit Microsystems, one of the founding members of ADESSA, was recently recognised for their work in providing life changing assistive technology to persons with disabilities at the 2016 EduWeek Awards held in Johannesburg.
Edit Microsystems received two awards; the Community Award and Supplier of the Year for Special Needs Award. Pieter Labuschagne, Managing Director of Edit Microsystems said: “We are honoured to receive these prestigious awards particularly as 2016 is our company’s 25 year anniversary.”
The Community Award is awarded to an educational establishment or individual who can demonstrate real value to the community it serves through the most imaginative attempt to aid the wider community socially, culturally or economically. The Supplier of the Year is a company that supplies educational institutions with high quality, safe products that meet the needs of teachers and learners in the classroom.
Both of the awards were motivated by the life altering work that the company does in promoting inclusion in education. “Every person, regardless of ability, should be given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and be able to live a life of dignity and self-worth,” said Pieter Labuschagne. One of the projects recognised at the event was the eBraille project, implemented by Edit Microsystems in partnership with the Department of Education, which is revolutionising teaching and learning for visually impaired learners across South Africa.
ADESSA congratulates Computers 4 Kids, one of its members, on being awarded a 3 year tender to train 500 000 Western Cape citizens on how to connect to and use the limited free wi-fi access at the 384 Neotel / WCG hotspots across the Province.
The impact that Phase 1 has made in the Cape Town Metro has been phenomenal and we are looking forward to the next two Phases where the impact will be even bigger. Citizens have the option to complete a quiz and receive an electronic certificate signed by Minister Winde.