Category Archives: Member Info

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.

Interactive solutions from Inspireware

inpireware_logoToday we are featuring  Inspireware, another one of ADESSA’s members.

Inspireware offers interactive solutions for both corporate and educational environments.  These solutions contain the essential elements of successful implementation of an interactive environment.

Interactive technology: whiteboards, projectors, visualizers, and a clicker system.

Interactive software: visual teaching and learning aids that can assist teachers and learners to understand difficult concepts.

Training: SETA accredited courses, tailor-made packages, empowering teachers to create interactive classrooms.

Inspireware calls all public and private school institutions, as well as corporates, to engage with them with a view to adopting their technology in order to educate for the future.

For more information, contact Lorinda McGhee (lorinda@inspireware.co.za).

Empowering students to reach their full potential

The following are some interesting observations from Minda Marshall of LectorSA, one of ADESSA’s members:

The world we live in is changing rapidly, all the time.  A young student told me the other day that her final class at university was very insightful: after three years of study the lecturer said that almost everything he taught them is now redundant, so much had changed in the three years they completed their studies.

This emphasizes that life-long learning is the only way to sustain proficient learning today. Knowledge and information is exploding across the globe. Never before has it been more important to train and develop accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading with comprehension. Even more, we need innovative ways to teach students how to use current knowledge as a basis from which to create new knowledge.

Illiteracy is a leading cause of delinquency, poverty, frustration and depression, resulting in a loss in productivity and general reduction in lifestyles and wellness amongst people in all communities. The current economic situation has made this phenomenon even worse. High-performance environments (work, learning and sport) are here to stay and people require effective solutions, which will give them the opportunity to overcome in life and to contribute by creating a healthy society.

We have to face the reality that education is experiencing real challenges: we are training for a future we do not even see and we need to train students for jobs that does not exist in our current framework of mind.

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Contact LectorSA for assistance in finding a solution to bridge the gap effectively. Results of more than 49 000 students proves LAB-on-line is a viable solution in 21st Century Learning.

 

A reputable distributor of audio-visual equipment

Information Technology is a long-time member of ADESSA.  The Logo - Info techcompany 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.

Info tech data projectorInformation 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.

Contact Gavin Smith: gavin@info-tech.co.za  Tel: 021-448 0650