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ARE YOUR CHILDREN PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE?

How do we prepare our children for a future that is changing at an almost unreasonable pace? Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) says:

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

A seasoned educator recently said that, after twenty-five years of teaching she realized that we need to rethink our methods of teaching. One of her Grade 12 students wrote: “Today teachers teach us what they know instead of teaching us what we want and need to know.”  This confirms that we cannot continue to use the same teaching methods or interact with information in the same way we did twenty years ago.  The challenge of the future is not so much that there will not be jobs available but rather that our children will not be equipped with the specific skills to face the day-to-day challenges that the available jobs will require.

There has never been a more crucial time to re-wire learners’ minds through developing their visual processing and cognitive skills. We need to equip them with the right set of skills in order to succeed in this globally and digitally interconnected world.  This act of upskilling will be crucial to retain or attain employment over the next few years.

The silver lining is that while millions of jobs might be lost to new technology, it will also create many new jobs, some of which we can’t even imagine today.

Lectorsa, a leading research and development company, realized more than thirty years ago that a change in education is going to be inevitable. For this reason, they developed an on-line solution (LAB-on-line) to help prepare our future generation for this moment and the challenges involved.  The vision at Lectorsa is to change the face of education, so that the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution, would not be seen as problems, but rather as opportunities.

(This is an extract of an article written by Minda Marshall, co-director of Lectorsa.)

The Digital Education Group – innovative e-solutions for all

Today we are introducing the Digital Education Group, a member of ADESSA.  The group comprises of a consortium of companies, business partners and suppliers which are focused on bringing e-Solutions to market.

Understanding the constant need for change and the demands placed on clients, a wide range of e-Solutions are offered.

The group contains a wealth of skills, experience and expertise with a portfolio of e-Solutions to meet your requirements.  The range of solutions work either independently from each other or when combined unlock unique enhancements through innovation and technology.

The Core Competencies of the group are

  • Providing e-Solutions and Products
  • Immediate cost reduction and increased productivity
  • Human Capital management and development tools

Let the Digital Education Group be your peferred partner in e-Solutions and products.

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.

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.

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.

2Simple and Purple Mash

Today we are featuring another one of ADESSA’s long-time
esteemed members, 2Simple.

2Simple South Afric2simple-logoa was established over a decade ago to supply  schools with educational software and has kept up with the demand by changing with the times.  The humble beginnings of supplying offline typing programs to schools around Gauteng has grown into the incredible base of schools all over South Africa today that make use of an online suite, Purple Mash.

purple-mash-logoThe programs range from puzzles, paint projects and games for 5 year olds, all the way to coding, 3D designing and mind-mapping for children at the very end of their primary school careers. Purple Mash is an ever growing and expanding selection of programmes.  Mini Mash for pre-school users has recently been launched.

As a company, 2Simples strongly believe in teacher support and is always available for training on the latest updates or for giving advice on how to implement the programs in a classroom setting.

Feedback, such as the following from Rivonia Primary, is often received:

Rivonia Primary have used the Purple Mash and 2Simple products since the beginning of 2016.  From the outset, their staff’s attitude to assisting and training us was fantastic and made the Rivonia staff feel very comfortable in the use of the many different options the programmes offer. 

Our main motivation and purpose was to introduce coding to the children and get them to enjoy being creative. We have built a lesson into our timetable so that the children can use the suite exclusively, and have found that there are so many other exciting and pertinent skills that the product can offer the children, and they cannot wait to explore new skills in a safe cyber space each week!

If you’d like to know more or see a Purple Mash demo at your school, you can contact Michelle at michelle@2simple.co.za or call 011 656 8847.