The March 2019 issue of The Mighty Pen is out and is not available for download here.
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.
a product overview please click on this video link: https://www.infocus.com/videos?tP-_TfTgxA8
Further details including our authorised dealers, please contact:
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 email@example.com or calling 011 731 3359.
The time is drawing close for the Cape Winelands Education District’s elearning conference expo in Worcester (9 March 2019). Make sure that you visit the classroom of the Digital Education Group to view their superb training material.
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:
… and more!
Looking forward to seeing you at the event.
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.
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.
Edit Microsystems will exhibit different assistive technologies and devices for learners during the elearning conference/expo in Worcester on 9 March 2019. A refreshable Braille device will be one of them.
People who are blind use Braille, a tactile writing and reading system. Traditional Braille is written with embossed or raised dots on paper. Today, technology enables blind persons to read computer screens and electronic devices using refreshable braille displays; electro-mechanical devices which translate on-screen text into braille characters.
Albert Ruel; an advisor to the Canadian council of the Blind; says “Braille frees your ears and your mouth in a meeting or lecture. Braille also allows you to work faster, work independently and listen and read at the same time.”
According to the Canadian Institute for the Blind’s website, those who use braille are more likely to be employed than those who rely on voice synthesizers for those very reasons.
In January 2013, Edit Microsystems introduced the e-Braille Project through which refreshable Braille devices, namely, the BrailleNote Apex and BrailleNote Touch are being deployed in 22 South African schools for blind and partially-sighted learners in order to help improve literacy and increase the possibility of further education and employment.
Blind learners from the Athlone School for the Blind in Cape Town benefit from the e-Braille Project and have access to refreshable braille devices, while those with low vision benefit from using the Eye-Pal Solo text reading device and magnification devices. With these technologies, students can access and edit digital content as well as write and answer assessment questions in braille, while silently typing on the touch screen or touch keyboard using TouchBraille technology.
As part of this project, Kyle Williams, a Junior e-Braille Project Manager at Edit Microsystems and former learner at Athlone school, offered training and support to the learners and teachers whilst stationed at the school three days a week for four years.
Listen/watch an 8 minute video where one story is read in three languages using 7 different techniques. https://www.facebook.com/editmicrosystems/videos/2092393244333619/?t=3
Talking Stories is an innovative South African reading programme that reflects real life situations in South Africa, affirming the sense of identity and dignity of every young reader. This product will be showcased by Macmillan Education on 9 March 2019 at the Cape Winelands elearning conference/expo.
Talking Stories teaches children to love reading!
64 graded storybooks + Interactive activities + Worksheets + Free support
• Talking Stories can be used on a computer or interactive whiteboard, in the classroom, in the computer lab, on a tablet or on a cell phone.
• 64 graded storybooks for levels 1 to 3 across a variety of genres in English, isiXhosa, Afrikaans and isiZulu.
• Stories are graded for Beginner, Core, Intermediate and Advanced within each level.
• Authentic South African stories with colourful illustrations to stimulate learners’ interests.
• Every story comes with three fun interactive activities that draw on the content of the story.
• The activities are aligned with the language curriculum.
• The activities are designed to give the struggling learner a sense of completion of a task, while at the same time providing extension for the most able learner.
• The activities feature ‘drag-and-drop’ answering and supported typing of the text.
• Animated feedback encourages learners, giving them a sense of achievement.
Printable worksheets related to each story are available for extra practice, homework, classroom activities or assessment.
Talking Stories is easy to use
• Child-friendly design with easy navigation.
• All instructions are sound-based.
• Children listen to a story while following it on the screen, and can listen to the same page again if necessary.
• In the lower level each word is highlighted as the child reads it.
• Children are able to listen to the story in their home language first, to build understanding, and then switch to the language of learning and teaching.
A Single User Licence consists of 64 graded storybooks for levels 1 to 3 in one language for one user.
A Network Licence consists of 64 graded storybooks for levels 1 to 3 in one language for an entire school.
For more information, contact Macmillan Education:
Tel: 011 731 3300
Stimulus Maksima will showcase their product to improve reading at the forthcoming Cape Winelands Education District conference/expo (9 March 2019). In the meantime they’ve contributed some food for thought about the success factors that will lead to reading improvement.
Every school can be successful in empowering every learner to obtain the adequate reading skills required to complete every school year, feeling confident, hopeful and inspired to fulfil their dreams and passion in life.
Based on our experience over the past twenty-three years, we identified effective change and project management as essential for the successful implementation of an effective reading strategy and reading improvement system at schools. Effective reading strategies require ownership and overall awareness involving all educators, school management and parents.
Together with overall awareness as well as passionate and motivated role players, sustainable success is guaranteed by the following technical aspects:
- A dedicated computer centre containing state of the art hardware and software.
- Dedicated school principals and educators with a passion for achieving success.
- A structured timetable ensuring that learners will get the necessary exposure required.
- A robust and user-friendly high technology Reading Improvement System that can supply accurate information when and in the format required.