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A MOVE TOWARDS INKJET PRINTING

At an event hosted by Tarsus in Cape Town, Epson presented its products suitable for education. A range of data projectors and interactive devices was presented.

An interesting fact was mentioned about a trend in printing. There seems to be a definite move from laser printing to inkjet printing. Less power is required, wastage is reduced and the cost is lower. It will be worthwhile to keep an eye on this development.

Joel Chetty – Business Account Manager (Education) of Epson

Digital education for everyone with Snapplify AND Google for Education

Oakley House is a special needs school in Cape Town using Snapplify and Google solutions to give their students the competitive edge inside and outside of the classroom. Snapplify has been chosen by thousands of schools as a trusted partner in digital education; the company is passionate about empowering educators, and nurturing students with relevant and accessible digital learning tools – from Google Classroom, to your classroom, with Snapplify. Register for FREE today at engage.snapplify.com/get-started.

Link to video on YouTube here.

A guest post from lectorsa

The following article is contributed by Minda Marshall, Director of Lectorsa, a member of ADESSA.

Minda Marshall, Director of Lectorsa

“When a child who could be taught to read goes untaught, the child suffers a lasting injury — and so does society,” said Judge Stephen Murphy.

We have entered the second quarter of 2019 and the question remains: how much will our learners in South Africa improve in the crucial skills of visual processing, reading and comprehension? According to Employment and Social Development in Canada, reading comprehension will be one of the five top skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs.

This is why, as parents and teachers, we need to ask ourselves the important question: are we setting our children up for failure? Are we satisfied with the high percentage of learners not reading at a proficient level in our schools? More than 78% of South African learners cannot read for meaning, according to the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).  During this study, which tested the reading comprehension of learners in their fourth year of primary school, South Africa ranked last out of 50 countries. Research has revealed that children who do not learn to read by the end of third grade are likely to remain poor readers and as a result fall behind in other academic areas too. It has also been proven that learners who struggle with reading are more likely to drop out of school. This is especially alarming when you look at the following statistics: of the 624,733 full-time public school students who entered matric at the start of 2018, only 512,735 actually wrote the exams.

A local study at one of the leading universities in South Africa indicated that “One of the most challenging issues Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) face, but one that is not fully recognised by either students or lecturers until some way into academic courses, is the problem of reading”. It is presumed that students who have entered university are proficient readers and have mastered the building blocks of reading, but this, however, is not the case for all students.

I believe one of the key reasons why children are not reading at an acceptable level is the basic assumption that learning to read is a natural process. However, years of cognitive neuroscience research has clarified that reading does not come naturally. Our brains are not wired to read.  Children need to be taught not only how to read, but to read-to-learn. In the first three years of schooling, children are taught how to read. This is the time in reading development when a love for reading and excitement about new information should be encouraged. During this phase of development the sounds we hear in spoken language are transferred to a written symbol system. We can call this phase of development the Learn-to-Read – the “phonics phase”.

From Grade 4 children should progress to the Read-to-Learn phase, moving from ‘sounding’ out words to being able to ‘recognize and decipher’ words, sentences, paragraphs and even whole chapters and constructing the meaning of the text on different levels of comprehension. Our research across more than 30 years has shown that this transition is becoming weaker and weaker and is now at a stage where it seems to not take place accurately or efficiently enough – thus the reason why so many children are struggling, also in higher grade levels. Many learners fail to make the required transition to fluent reading and subsequently  encounter significant difficulties in constructing meaning from text. Fluency in reading is critical for reading competency and is consequently fundamental in reading success.

This is one of the areas where we see a considerable improvement of up to five years on average with LAB-on-line. There is a great solution available for Junior to Senior learners, as well as for our students in the FET and tertiary phase of education, and parents and teachers alike should take note of this.

Lectorsa has designed and developed a progressive on-line solution called LAB-on-line, that specifically targets and develops visual processing skills, together with reading and cognitive skills. We use the science of neural-wiring and combine it with the physics of muscle training through the processes of the reading action. When these essential skills are developed and refined, academic outcomes are improved, learners’ self-esteem is boosted and they are equipped with life-long learning skills.

It is said that there is a profound connection between reading, understanding the world and being able to change it. If we want the next generation to not only succeed, but to build a better South Africa, we need to step in now and equip them with the right skill set.

 If we can address this critical problem, we can not only minimize the impact of the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality that our country faces, but we can help each child to realise his/her true potential.

Join us in our campaign, #YesICan, to improve literacy across the country. South Africa’s children deserve no less. Contact our office office@lectorsa.com to stand a chance to participate in the #YesICanLiteracyCampaign and receive a free 10-week reading development program to implement at your school before the end of the year.


WIFI CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS IN THE CLASSROOM

With WiFi connectivity in the classroom becoming the norm to avoid cabling issues, the question of which WiFi device to use arises.

As a security against theft of WiFi dongles, projector manufacturers have traditionally built-in their chosen technology leaving users to deal with the limitations and operational differences from one brand to the next. InFocus has changed all this with the introduction of a projector range (standard zoom lens and short-throw models) that offers their customers the ability to install their connectivity device of choice – and to do this, hidden securely within the USB, HDMI & 5v-powered TechStation built into the projector.

The concept is simple yet enables institutions to mould the projector connectivity to whatever suits their application – from Miracast to Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Android, SimpleShare and other devices.  One can even install an Intel Computer Stick with wireless keyboard & mouse to take interactive projection to another level of usability.

Add to this its whisper quiet operational level and brilliant colour technology and it is little wonder the range is gaining such traction.

For a product overview please click on this video link: https://www.infocus.com/videos?tP-_TfTgxA8

Further details including our authorised dealers, please contact:
Gavin Smith
021-448 0650

gavin@info-tech.co.za

www.info-tech.co.za

BETTERMARKS – MATHS MADE EASY

This is yet another product from Macmillan to be seen at the Cape Winelands Education District elearning conference/expo on Saturday, 9 March 2019, in Worcester.

Having a lot of problems is, well, a problem. When it comes to Maths however, teachers will tell you that you can never have too many problems as practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, learners are often not motivated to practice Maths, as often they feel they will never grasp the concepts, or they don’t know where their knowledge gaps are. This leads to Maths teachers having to spend time on intervention strategies, or for parents to pay for expensive extra lessons which don’t necessarily provide the required direction –  sometimes all learners do is solve problem after problem with the hope that they will eventually ‘get it’.

Enter Bettermarks®, a sharp online platform for Maths that employs very sophisticated technology in order for learners to access personalised learning. Bettermarks® takes adaptive learning to the next level – it is a truly personalised platform which is complimented by how easy it is to use by both teacher and learner.

What makes Bettermarks® stand out is that learners get real time feedback at every stage, it gives specific feedback, and even gives the option to access the textbook if necessary. This turns mistakes into learning opportunities as it allows for errors in thinking to be diagnosed immediately, and then remedied, before a crucial test or exam.

There are thousands of questions and the adaptive technology checks the thousands of competencies needed across the curriculum to flag any knowledge gaps, and then provides learners with further exercises to practice and master topics. Real time feedback and self-monitoring helps motivate learners and gives them confidence.

Teachers can access learners’ results and progress via reports and then apply hands-on intervention if necessary – or assign further exercises via the platform. The platform will keep recommending exercises to learners to fill knowledge gaps until the teacher is assured the problem has been solved, and the teacher can then close the gap on the platform’s back-end.

Teachers can use Bettermarks® in many different ways to help them monitor learner progress and difficulties, and to assist them in their progress. Features include the option of building worksheets from the question banks and distributing them to all learners – or individual learners – depending on the need. The questions can also be formulated into a test (which prevents tips and textbook access and is password protected). The platform marks all worksheets and tests automatically which saves the teacher a significant amount of time.

One of the outstanding features is that Bettermarks® is developed to test learners’ skills in answering a Maths problem – not just multiple choice. Depending on the question, learners may have to divide blocks into fractions, draw graphs, or indicate points on a number line, amongst many other practical applications.

The teacher dashboard gives a teacher a one screen overview of learners’ progress, and it also conveniently highlights areas in which all learners are struggling, thereby making whole class intervention strategies clear.

This easy-to-use platform is a class act and a true asset to the classroom. Learners pay only R150 per calendar year subscription and teacher access is free with every class set purchased. Request a demo today by emailing za.digitalsupport@macmillaneducation.co.za or calling 011 731 3359.

GREAT DIGITAL TOOLS FOR EDUCATION

Information Technology (Cape) is the importer and distributor of the award-winning InFocus Projectors and Mondopad meeting and education collaboration products in South Africa and will be showcasing the following classroom technologies during the Cape Winelands Education District conference/expo in Worcester on 9 March 2019:


InFocus IN114xa projector
– XGA (1024 x 768) resolution
– High 26000:1 contrast ratio
– VGA & 2x HDMI inputs
– 3800 ANSI lumens
InFocus IN134 & IN136ST
– XGA (1024 x 768) resolution
– Standard zoom & short-throw lenses
– High 28500:1 contrast ratio
– VGA & 3x HDMI inputs
– Unique TechStation to conceal
  & power wifi devices
– 4000 ANSI lumens


InFocus Mondopad sample model
Demonstrating:
55”- 86” Mondopad Core/ Launch & Ultra:
– Interactive 4K touch display
– Android, Whiteboard, Browser
  & casting
Model dependent:
– Up to i7 Windows 10PC
– Office 2016
– 4k camera,
– Mondopad Collaboration Software Suite

Micker Pro
– 3-in-1 Microphone-amp-speaker
– Hand-held & portable
– Classroom group and outdoor use

… and more!

Looking forward to seeing you at the event.

KLIEK – Digitale Afrikaanse Taalkursus vir Generasie-Z

Waanneer jy die Kaapse Wynland Onderwys Distrik se e-leer konferensie op 9 Maart 2019 bywoon, maak gerus ‘n draai by die kamer van Macmillan, waar jy meer van Kliek kan leer.

KLIEK is ’n splinternuwe gemengdeleer leermiddel nou beskikbaar vir gebruik in die Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele taal klaskamer. Die opwindende kursus is ontwerp om ’n liefde vir Afrikaans by leerders aan te wakker.

Afrikaans word op ’n nuwe en vars manier aangebied deur digitale leerwerk, aktiwiteite en toetse – alles ondersteun deur ’n oorvleulende werkboek.

KLIEK stel die onderwyser in staat om die klaskamer te omskep in ’n lewendige, gemengde leerarea. Die onderwyser besluit wanneer en hoe om die tegnologie binne en buite die klaskamer te gebruik.

Die kursus bied die volgende kenmerke en voordele vir leerders en onderwysers:

• Alle onderwerpe in die werkboek word ondersteun en aangevul met interaktiewe oefeninge, speletjies, animasie en toetse.

• Terugvoering op verkeerde antwoorde verskyn onmiddellik en leerders leer uit hulle foute.

• Leerders word beloon met toekennings vir deelname en goeie vordering. Hierdie benadering maak voorsiening vir ‘n generasie wat dadelik resultate en terugvoering wil hê.

• Hierdie program maak ook voorsiening vir selfgedrewe leer- en probleemoplossing. Die leerder kan dus moeilike konsepte op hy/sy eie tyd bemeester.

• Tegnologie is tweede natuur by Generasie-Z en wakker hulle entoesiasme aan, en daarom kan dit tot voordeel van die leerder, asook Afrikaans as skoolvak aangewend word.

Elke verbruiker registreer vir ’n twee jaar toegang tot die platform.


Vir meer inligting, kontak Macmillan Education:

Tel: 011 731 3300
Epos: customerservices@macmillaneducation.co.za
Webwerf: www.macmillan.co.za

LECTORSA WILL BE AT THE CAPE WINELANDS CONFERENCE/EXPO

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.