Category Archives: Member Info

WE Day Connect – 29 January 2020

Microsoft is proud to support WE Charity in delivering service learning curriculum to classrooms around the world. WE Day Connect invites students, educators and community groups from around the world to join the conversation on doing good.

Join Microsoft and @WEmovement for #WEdayConnect, an interactive global virtual celebration of social good! 🌎💙

Register today – here.

Learn more about the WE movement – here.

ADESSA welcomes ITHUTHUKO (CPTD-ONLINE)

We welcome Ithuthuko (CPTD-Online), the latest company that has joined the ranks of ADESSA members.

Ithuthuko hosts an online platform, CPTD-online, where participants can complete their continuous professional development. This platform is the result of collaboration between passionate individuals who experienced the challenges associated with earning CPTD points.  Participants can complete their continuous professional development in the most convenient way. The intention of the course content is to equip teachers to deal with issues they encounter daily as part of teaching. All points contribute to SACE level 3.

CPTD-online is an excellent place for teachers to earn CPTD points:

  • Convenience:  Teachers can gain access through their phones, laptops and tablets, anywhere and anytime.
  • All courses are relevant: Facilitators and course authors are experts in their fields and the course content originates from experience.
  • SACE compliant: All reporting to SACE is done on a regular basis.
  • Affordable:  A subscription model applies, whereby participants pay a once-off subsidised fee of R650 per year (R450 till March 2020). This allows them access to all the courses on the platform.
  • Sound administration processes in place: A tax invoice is available on request. Our company is Level 4 BEE.

For more information, see  https://cptd-online.co.za/

Snapplify launches Teacher Benefits programme for educators

Snapplify expands its offering to better support teachers using its e-learning platform

CAPE TOWN, 20 January 2020

Snapplify Engage has been internationally lauded as ‘one of the most innovative solutions in its space’. At the beginning of the last academic year, Snapplify opened up access to its award-winning e-learning platform to schools by launching a free version of the Snapplify Engage educational platform – thus making Snapplify’s world-class digital education tools accessible to schools across Africa, for the first time.

Now, with thousands of African schools registered on the platform, Snapplify is expanding their offering to better support teachers. Over the course of the first academic term, the edtech company is launching a new Teacher Benefits programme which consolidates their valuable teacher tools to empower and uplift educators.

Snapplify Teacher Benefits changes the way that teachers access and share educational resources, and includes wide promotional discounts and giveaways. Earlier this month, The Answer Series joined the programme to offer their study guides to all South African teachers for FREE, via the platform.

‘We know that teachers are on the front line when it comes to preparing the next generation for success. In their quest, educators feel enormous pressure to ensure that their students perform well. We are pleased to be supporting teachers and, in turn, their students, by increasing access to top-notch e-textbooks, teaching guides and more,’ said Snapplify CEO, Wesley Lynch.

Teacher Benefits is a feature of Engage – Snapplify’s award-winning e-learning and digital library solution. Once schools have signed up, for free, to Engage, registered teachers can log in to the platform and claim as many free and discounted ebooks as they need.

Thousands of schools have already joined the Snapplify Engage family. Register online for free today to get access to teacher benefits and other incredible educational tools.

Email hello@snapplify.com to chat about your specific needs.

Wesley Lynch – CEO of Snapplify

Anti-Bullying – sa ranks high in global survey

South Africa showed the highest prevalence of cyberbullying in a recent report by Ipsos Global, based on research in 28 countries. The report showed that more than 80% of South Africans said they were aware of cyberbullying and almost three-quarters of South Africans believe that the anti-bullying measures that are in place are insufficient. A Vodafone survey from 2018 ranked South Africa fourth for teen cyberbullying out of 13 countries, and Dean McCoubrey, founder of MySociaLife, a South African in-school Digital Life Skills Program teaching digital life skills program for schools, says that it’s likely even more prevalent, based on student feedback.

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ADESSA welcomes its latest member: MySociaLife

The latest company to join the ranks of ADESSA members is MySociaLife. MySociaLife is a Program which trains Grade 4 to 11 learners to become safer and smarter online, in order to excel in the (4IR) future. They offer 10 modules in schools – critical thinking, digital identity, privacy, security, digital footprint, empathy, resilience, values, cyberbullying, and sexuality. They also train parents, teachers and Mental Health Professionals.

Dean, the CEO, presenting to a group of students

MySociaLife uses the World Economic Forum and DQ Institute pillars of digital citizenship, and also consults a Brains Trust of top doctors and consultants on the 10 topics and then get surveys from students who reveal what works and what doesn’t and what is happening in their lives.

We hope to share some of the insights from MySociaLife on this website in future.

A way to simplify Education management

EDUPAC® Software Support Services (Pty) Ltd, a long-time member of ADESSA, is an International Leader in Education Management. The company provides an EMIS Software Solution designed to effortlessly collate Education Management Data and efficiently provide information to all stakeholders being it Owners, Employees, Educators, Parents, Students or a Government.

EDUPAC® Enterprise is an online, reliable and robust ERP Software Suite inclusive of cross-platform Mobile applications with integrated data flow between all divisional functions at Educational Institutions:

  • Student Administration and Online Registration with Documents, Performance and Mobile Management for Attendance and Conduct. 
  • Curriculum and Course Management with continuous Monitoring of Learner progress achieved by using Graphs and Dashboards.
  • Employee and Educator Management inclusive of Leave, Absenteeism, Specialization and Classroom Mobile Management.
  • Communication Portals providing secure information, Bulk SMS, e-mails and notifications to any custom group of recipients.
  • Financial Management – Budgets, Cash books, Petty Cash, Customer Ledger and batch Billing, Vendor Ledger, Income and Expense Ledger with Account Categories, Groups and Business units, Importing of Bank account statements for easy month-end and year-end reconciliations.
  • Stock and Assets Inventory Management for collating Vendor procurement history of pricing, quantity and average costs with depreciation and warehouse allocation.

EDUPAC® Enterprise is optimally designed to: 

  • Highly Reduce Manual and Duplicated Administration at Institutional level;
  • Ensure Real-time Information to all Management Levels and Stakeholders using Data Driven Dashboards;
  • Provide Effective Planning and Management via Portals and Dashboards from a centralized Data Warehouse;
  • Deliver Seamless Integration to Learning Management Systems and other Information Systems;
  • Quickly Deploy Online for a single Institution or a Country;
  • Intuitive to use with an Interactive Help guide and step-by-step Training Videos.
www.edupac.co.za Tel: +27 11 867-9420 directors@edupac.co.za
 

Everything you need for e-learning this year

For many schools, Snapplify’s simple solutions have made the adoption of digital education easy. Not only have educators seen just how easy procurement and delivery of e-textbooks can be in the digital age, but they’ve discovered how digital tools can transform their classrooms.

Snapplify makes e-textbook procurement easy!

Easy-peasy ebook access

While the procurement of physical textbooks can be a lengthy and complicated, purchasing e-textbooks via Snapplify is quick and easy.

Snapplify’s diverse catalogue of high-quality, curriculum-aligned, diverse content from trusted educational publishers – both local and international – means that schools don’t need to deal with multiple providers, nor do they need to worry about titles going out of stock, becoming out of date, or taking time to arrive. Instead, Snapplify is what Colin Zinyeredzi – Resource Centre Manager at Parklands College South Africa – calls a ‘one-stop shop for educational and leisure reading material’. With Snapplify’s prescribed lists, schools can purchase on behalf of students and staff, or direct parents to purchase exactly what they need from the Snapplify Engage e-learning platform, via credit card or EFT. Quality devices are also readily available directly from Snapplify.

Each year, students can be issued with the latest e-textbooks without paper waste or returns of older books. Institutions can also monitor e-textbook usage through Snapplify Insights, and use this valuable data to inform future budgeting decisions and content choices. Colin Zinyeredzi has found this feature particularly useful, saying, ‘The system automatically manages the circulation of resources and even more importantly – it keeps a record of important statistics,’ while his colleague,  Martin Levitt, ICT support technician at the same school echoes this, sharing: ‘[Snapplify] has made management much easier in getting the correct content to the learners and educators. Engage is an excellent tool that we use to keep track of our users and the titles they have.’

Several schools using Snapplify have noted how beneficial it is for students to have all their ebooks and e-textbooks in one place. Grant Lewis, ICT integrator at Crawford College La Lucia has spoken about how their ‘learners are loving their ebooks and the Snapplify Reader experience’, going on to say that ‘Snapplify has played a huge part in helping us transform our school into a more effective learning environment.’ Teacher Chanica Gibhard from Oakley House, a remedial school in Cape Town, shares how the reader app has specifically helped her students: ‘It can help every child differently. The technology just makes it a lot easier to target those needs. It brings everything together into one device.”

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tHE September 2019 issue of ‘the mighty pen’ IS out

The latest issue (September 2019) issue of The Mighty Pen is now available for download.

As usual, it is packed with information, relevant to education. An overview of the activities of ADESSA is included in this issue. It is also good to see advertisements and articles about several ADESSA members, including Pearson, Edupac, Snapplify, Oxford University Press and Eduboard.

Snapplify raises $2 million to accelerate growth into new markets

CAPE TOWN, 25 September 2019

Leading global edtech company, Snapplify, has secured $2 million expansion capital from venture capital firm Knife Capital, and empowered African investment manager Hlayisani Capital’s Hlayisani Growth Fund. The funding will boost the company’s continued growth into new markets.

New partnerships with local and international investors take Snapplify to the next level.

‘We’ve been following Snapplify’s impressive growth journey since inception and it is a privilege to finally partner with the company and its stakeholders,’ says Andrea Bӧhmert, Co-Managing Partner at Knife Capital, adding: ‘Africa faces a wide range of social and economic challenges, from access to affordable tertiary education, to a skills shortage across a number of key industries. Though it would be over-optimistic to say that e-learning alone can solve these problems, the impact is clearly measurable. At Knife Capital we believe in investing in companies that solve real problems and in doing so generate meaningful returns to stakeholders and shareholders alike. Snapplify is such a company and we look forward to being part of the next growth phase.’ Bӧhmert will join Snapplify’s board of directors.

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Snapplify becomes an official Google for Education partner

Snapplify offeres schools world-class digital tools as official Google for education partner

With a long history of helping teachers and students to discover and learn digitally, pan-African edtech company Snapplify is now a Google for Education partner. For schools using both Snapplify and Google in the classroom, the new Google partnership means greater value, lighter administration, and the ability to build an adaptable digital education ecosystem that works for each particular institution. The development underlines great investment in the education industry by tech companies who are working together to create real change.

Snapplify’s award-winning digital education solutions give students a competitive edge both inside and outside the classroom by  removing obstacles, and improving access to ebooks and digital learning tools. Snapplify’s e-learning platform, Engage, provides schools of all sizes with the tools they need to digitally transform their classrooms and seamlessly integrate with other powerful, globally recognised education tools – like Google Classroom.

‘Snapplify is fully invested in working with schools and as a Google for Education partner we’re in an even better position to support our schools using world-class solutions. We look forward to offering seamless integration between Google and Snapplify’s e-learning products so that the benefits of digital education can be fully realised by more and more schools as they nurture the next generation of great thinkers,’ said Snapplify’s CEO Wesley Lynch.

See how schools like Oakley House School in Cape Town are using Snapplify and Google solutions in the classroom with this short video.

Email hello@snapplify.com to chat about how we can work together.