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Fresh perspective on Education

[This article is contributed by Minda Marshall of Lectorsa.]

The world will always need human brilliance, human ingenuity and human skills.” – Brad Keywell, Co-Founder and CEO, Update Technologies.  True! The world’s most priceless commodity is indeed, people. We need to invest in them, inspire them, and empower them to have an ‘I can’ mindset.

Currently, headlines in the media are painting a bleak picture of education globally.  According to a recent article by Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), 617 million children and adolescents worldwide – six out of ten – are not reaching the minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics.  This gives us reason for concern, especially in a time where everything is changing and Industry 4.0 is a reality. However, there is a solution.

We (you and I) are the solution. If we join forces we can combat illiteracy and improve educational outcomes across the globe. It can be done. At Lectorsa we have been doing this. ]With our virtual solution, LAB-on-line, we utilize the vehicle of reading and comprehension development to improve visual processing skills and cognitive abilities. We employ the principles of neuromodulation to help readers ‘build’ a structure for interaction with visual information in order to see faster, think better and remember more. Through an online, automated, real-time, data-driven system we achieve excellent results for the personal development of each of our users.  Added to that, of course, an improvement in silent reading, fluency (required for learning), language skills and improved academic outcomes. We have successfully ‘rewired’ more than 85 000 minds to learn, retain and to excel!

Someone once said, ”A child without education is like a bird without wings.” All of us want to see every child soar to great academic heights. We want to make it possible for them to unlock their true potential and to realize their dreams, for they are our future.

We can make this happen! (#TogetherWeAreStronger)

At Lectorsa we have seen and experienced the transformation our system brings into the lives of learners across the board.  Join us in making the difference the world needs as we improve these crucial skills and results with proven scientific methods. Let’s accelerate and escalate the intellectual capital of our students.

The September 2018 issue of The Mighty Pen is now available.

Once again packed with useful information, the September 2018 edition of The Mighty Pen in now available for download.

Practical information is given in one of the leading articles: Why your school IT network needs a spring clean.  Schools who are experiencing a deterioration in network performance will find useful tips in this article.

Do yourself a favour and scroll through the entire magazine; you are sure to find something that will spike your interest.

ADESSA welcomes IDEA as a new member

IDEA is an innovative technology company that has created high quality, personalised digital education content and software for students and teachers globally, and is the latest company to have joined ADESSA.

IDEA has created interactive, data-driven, digital software, content and games for students, parents and teachers covering all grades and localised to each national education market.

IDEA has developed a completely digital STEM program from Kindergarten to Grade 12 as well as teacher training courses and ICT skills development.

The content consists of:

  • 27 800 animations, videos, images and audio files
  • 34 000 pages of content
  • 1 300 assessments
  • 10 000 interactive activities

Each country’s version is sequenced and aligned to the national syllabus.

Every click is recorded for the purpose of providing or measuring: learning outcomes, learner data, assessment reporting, progress reports, operational measurability, formative assessment and baseline and summative assessment.

Edupac has a new logo

Edupac’s new logo

Edupac is a valued member of long standing of ADESSA.  The company specializes in simplifying education management systems.  While school administration systems have been with us for a long time, not all of them are simple to use and few of them have all the functions required by school staff.

Edupac offers a comprehensive system that should meet all your demands; for more information have a look at the company’s website.

BrainPlay joins ADESSA

ADESSA welcomes BrainPlay into the association of education suppliers.

This  young, vibrant and solutions oriented company is based in Cape town and was established in 2015.  It is owned by Chanelle Pieterse and Verne van Berk.

BrainPlay supplies over 3 000 educational resources through an online store and is also providing access to e-learning content.

A non-profit company called The Pegasus Foundation has been formed to handle donations towards the Trinity ReMMS programme, making e-learning content available for free via Wi-Fi to any basic mobile device: no data or simcard required.  More about this ground breaking technology in a future post.

The relationship between adequate reading ability and economic well-being

Research, as well as our experience at Stimulus Maksima! over the past twenty-three years, demonstrated a direct relationship between the ability to read adequately and the emotional and psychological well-being of children. It, therefore, also relates positively to academic, cultural and sports performance as well as on academic and professional careers thereafter.

Successful careers perused by a passionate and motivated workforce impacts on the economic well-being and prosperity of communities, towns, cities and countries over the longer term.

Research studies demonstrated that the cost of illiteracy in our country is enormous, almost immeasurable, making it the responsibility of all stakeholders to take hands and get involved in the fight against illiteracy.

[Contributed by Hennie Engelbrecht, Director of Stimulus Maksima.]

Snapplify Library bolsters academic success

CAPE TOWN, 21 August 2018 – In the Information Age, distinguishing between decent and poor content can be difficult; but with Snapplify Library, parents and educators can feel reassured that students have access to quality educational material. Snapplify Library – a solution that forms part of Snapplify’s digital education suite – provides instant access to educational resources, making studying easier and even working to improve pass rates.

Children in library at Parklands College

Snapplify’s Library solution allows institutions to create and manage a digital library easily and effectively, and provides students with easier access to ebooks. Once titles have been selected by an institution, the library is immediately open for use, 24 hours a day – unlike print libraries, which can involve a lengthy acquisition process of curation, ordering, transport, delivery, categorising and shelving, and have restricted opening hours. Snapplify’s extensive catalogue includes over 100 000 library-licensed titles, including top-quality e-textbooks from leading local and international publishers across a variety of subjects, study areas, and grades – from primary school to higher education. The library offering also includes free ebooks from Project Gutenberg, Book Dash, and Siyavula Education, as well as past exam papers for matric students to use.

Snapplify Library allows users within an institution – whether a school, or a higher education institution – to check out library ebooks during the academic year, and for the librarian to control the access and loan period. Returns can also be managed automatically, according to a preset loan period, so there is no risk of books going missing; while the Wait List function systematically assigns specific ebooks to any users in the queue as soon as titles are returned. Other functions for administrators include being able to block inappropriate content and creating a list of ‘librarian top picks’ using Favourites. All users are also able to browse through curated lists of Recommended titles (ebooks recommended by other Library users), as well as Snapplify’s Collections (an extensive list of suggested reads, grouped by themes and chosen by Snapplify staff in consultation with qualified teachers).

‘Ultimately, Snapplify Library is a simple lending model (which mirrors the print model for libraries, but with added benefits). We make it easy for institutions to offer a robust digital library solution to students, while providing usage statistics to validate purchases. These simple and effective solutions make e-learning easier, meaning students are likely to use the platform and have a higher chance of passing,’ said Snapplify’s Higher Education Account Manager Penny de la Plain.

To learn more about Snapplify’s digital education solutions, including Snapplify Library, visit their website.

SANGARI INTRODUCES AUGMENTED AND VITUAL REALITY SOLUTIONS AT TVET COLLEGES CONFERENCE

Sangari Education showcased their Augmented Reality Welding Simulator; CNC Simulator; Automotive Trainers; Educational Virtual Reality solutions; and Electronics Technology Simulations at the 2018 World TVET conference in Cape Town under the theme: Making Technical and Vocational Education Training the First Choice.

Sangari demonstrated the worldwide-acclaimed Soldamatic augmented reality (AR) welding training simulator and a range of virtual reality (VR) educational systems for schools. The Veative educational interactive virtual reality modules cover physics, chemistry, biology, maths, educational tour and language learning.

Bez Sangari, CEO of Sangari Education, explained:

This is an important tool for the classroom. Modules are mapped to the curriculum, delivering a powerful VR solution for schools to engage students with concepts that close the gap between knowledge and understanding.  This technology encourages students to become active learners rather than passive recipients of information. With the varied immersive experiences it offers, virtual reality has huge potential to transform both teaching and learning processes. It is the ultimate medium for delivering what is known as experiential learning.

As an example, students can experience an immersive module on photosynthesis with the help of a controller. They can go into the leaf and get a sense of how plants meet the requirements for photosynthesis. Such ‘look-see-do’ modes encourage students to explore, identify and experiment with the content.

The blue-collar skills shortage in South Africa is estimated at around one million jobs.  To meet this demand, training is essential, but the machinery needed is expensive.  Providing theory and no practical training is insufficient.

To address this, the Soldamatic augmented-reality (AR) welding simulator (winning top honours at the Worlddidac Awards) was demonstrated at the conference. It is a cost-effective alternative to traditional training that provides the same level of skills but offers significant cost saving that can run into millions of rands per annum.  Consumables such as welding rods, steel plates or oxygen are not needed, and because the equipment has no gas emissions, it is eco-friendly.

In addition, the AR simulator can be used in any environment with no need for special clothing or ventilation.  The welding can be done in a classroom or even an office. It is 100% safe, simply because it provides an augmented-reality welding environment, providing augmented-reality 3-D vision through the trainee welder’s headgear.

#yeswecan

The following article has been contributed by Minda Marshall of Lectorsa, a member of ADESSA.

With the advance of technology and the 4th industrial revolution, we realize that life-long learning is the key to a successful life. One of the biggest hurdles to becoming a life-long learner can be our perspective on learning:

  • How do you view learning?
  • Do you think of it as “I have to” or as “I want to”?

Learning is crucial, but the beauty of learning lies in the love and excitement of growth. As life-long learners we have to keep it real and keep it fun!

After more than 30 years of experience in the educational field and first-hand insight as a mother of three, I know how important it is for an educational solution to be more than just an add-on, it needs to ignite excitement.

It needs to empower us with more than just skills – we need that added sense of achievement- the ‘magic’ that keeps on drawing us back for more.

While developing our virtual solution, LAB-on-line, we kept this in mind and we purposed to create a solution that empowers our users and focuses their attention. We have achieved success because we have currently assisted more than 85 000 users to unlock their true potential, while ‘playing’ at work and working at ‘play’.

Learners are under pressure to perform academically and the amount of information that they need to master has increased, but their skillset has not evolved. This has resulted in a GAP that we call the information/application GAP.

LAB-on-line develops the skills and gives you the strategies needed to bridge this GAP.  It ensures the best personal results and improves excellence in learning without adding more pressure on the student.

This year alone, with over 14 000 users on the primary school, high school and tertiary level, remarkable results have been achieved and that within completion of only 5 – 7 lessons.

In the Gr 4 division, their Visual Processing Factor (measured in words per minute) already increased from 87  to 130 and their Cognitive Development Factor (measured in % comprehension) improved with 4%. When these learners did the placement test at the beginning of this year, their skill level was below the expected Grade 1 level, but after completing only 5 lessons, their skill level has already increased with two years. We cannot wait to see the improvement after the completion of all 20 lessons.  In 2017 the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) reported that 78% of Gr 4’s in SA cannot read for meaning nor retrieve basic information from the text to answer simple questions. We are turning these statistics around.

This year we once again partnered with amazing schools across South Africa and the educators’ dedication and will to bring about real change, in order to empower their students, has been truly inspiring.

Adrienne Rivera (HOD English at Assumption Convent School), one of our partnering schools, said: “Our girls have improved dramatically and it shows in their general school performance.”

As stated by the Principal of Kannemeyer Primary School, Ridwan Samodien, we need to be co-travellers on this journey of giving our children the best possible education.

Join us in building a better future by investing in our children, because South Africa #YesWeCan!