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Sangari Partners with Veative to Bring Complete Virtual Reality Solutions to SA Schools

Continuing its promise to place innovative teaching and learning technologies into schools, Sangari Education has been appointed a distributor for Veative’s educational virtual reality (VR) solutions.

Sangari Education CEO, Bez Sangari, says:

Veative is a VR-focused education company that creates innovative VR curriculums, at an affordable price point, to transform how students learn.  Veative is the first content provider to develop an affordable and practical virtual reality solution for schools. It combines immersive and interactive education modules with plug-and-play virtual-reality headsets and controllers.

The company is a global provider of learning simulations for schools and industries, using technologies such as 3D, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Veative’s ever-growing STEM library now covers over 500 modules.

The interactive modules cover physics, chemistry, biology, maths, educational tour and language learning. The kits include portable trolleys to keep headsets charged and safe when not in use while software assists educators with reports and analytics.

This is an important tool for the classroom, which allows focused attention on topics, and is a valuable part of the learning process. With learning modules mapped to the curriculum, we can deliver a powerful VR solution for schools to engage students with concepts, closing the gap between knowledge and understanding.

This technology encourages students to become active learners rather than passive recipients of information. With the varied immersive experiences it offers, virtual reality has huge potential to transform both teaching and learning processes. It is the ultimate medium for delivering what is known as experiential learning.

As an example, students can experience an immersive module on photosynthesis with the help of a controller. They are able to go into the leaf and get a sense of how plants meet the requirements for photosynthesis. Such ‘look-see-do’ modes encourage students to explore, identify and experiment with the content.

Virtual reality also enhances teachers’ capabilities. It makes the job of teaching easier. Within VR simulations, teachers can track student understanding of the topics being taught with analytics and data reporting. As VR encourages active participation, it becomes easy for the teachers to identify possible gaps in the understanding of the students and attend to those issues timeously.

The software allows the teacher to monitor, access and analyse each student’s progress effortlessly, providing instant guidance and feedback. On the other hand, with integrated assessment scores, educators can bridge the learning gap and make learning fun and exciting for students.

Bettermarks® – Make Maths easy

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.

Closing the gaps

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.

Track and progress

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.

Zoom in … from Oxford

Zoom In is an innovative new digital study solution for FET learners from Oxford.  Zoom In targets the most critical concepts in each subject, and helps learners to reach a full understanding of each concept so that they can conquer difficult exam questions.

Zoom In consists of printed graded practice activities plus a USB card packed with offline digital learning objects, including slides, videos, animations, simulations and interactive practice activities. It is ideal for front-of-class teaching in the classroom, or for independent study at home.

Zoom In is currently available for the following subjects:

  • Map Skills Grade 10-12

  • Mathematics Grade 10 / Wiskunde Graad 10

  • Life Sciences Grade 10 / Lewenswetenskappe Graad 10

  • Mathematical Literacy Grade 10

  • Physical Sciences Grade 10

  • Accounting Grade 10

Grade 11 will be available in mid-2018.

 

The Mighty Pen – February 2018 edition

The Februay 2018 edition of The Mighty Pen is available for download here.

You can choose to view or download (5mb) the magazine, which is in the form of a fully interactive PDF.

Principals can click on any email, website or social media link in the magazine to go directly to the school supplier.

To contact the editor, Janos Bozsik, email: editor@themightypen.co.za or themightypen@vodamail.co.za 

A new product from Eduspec

Eduspec, part of Education Specialist Software (Pty) Ltd, is a company that develop tailored software for educational institutions.

In recent times the financial pressure on parents and families have significantly increased resulting in less expendable income thus increasing the financial burden on schools and the increase of exemption applications. Recent studies indicated that in some instances exemption applications have increased to in excess of 25% of fee paying families.

This burden has proven to be a massive drain on the resources due to the costly and lengthy manual processes involved when dealing with applications.

Eduspec has taken up the challenge of adding efficiency to the process. By adding automation and structure the process and worklad have been simplified and greatly. Eduspec keeps complete record of the application, documentation and communication to and with parents or families.

The process of Exemption consists of only 4 steps:

                                                         Apply

                                                        Process

                                                        Approve

                                                        Finalise

Partner schools have reported an enormous reduction in the time spent on processing applications and finalisation thereof, as well as the time taken to produce the final application results for the department.

The Exemption system started as a goodwill project for the Jan de Klerk high school. The program proved to be a big time saver and as it developed, so did interest in the program from other schools.

Eduspec was finally re-written into a suitable system that can support multiple schools with an interface to various school management and financial systems.

Micker Pro now launched

Following on from the recent article featuring the versatile and easy to use 5W Micker 3-in-1 portable microphone, amplifier and speaker product, comes the new Micker Pro.  This more powerful 10W hand-held device has some surprising functionality, including:

– Charging cradle: Place the Micker on cradle charger & start recharging battery
– 3x levels of volume control
– Echo function
– Buzzer function
– Aux audio input

Says Matthew Lord, MD of Let Me Play, a school level sport & subject training organisation:

Being able to communicate with groups in a variety of situations is key for us and the lightweight Micker & Micker Pro devices make this a breeze.  No longer do we need to spend hours shouting to be heard or having to use cumbersome megaphones.  Great products!

Available from:
Information Technology (Cape) & selected dealers.
Tel: 021-4480650
E-mail: gavin@info-tech.co.za

Full range of Interactive solutions from PARROT

Parrot offers a full range of interactive solutions to fit any budget or any environment.  Consider the following options:

Interactive Whiteboard System

  • Transform any flat surface into touch
  • USB charged stylus
  • Projector, PC or laptop required

Touch Whiteboard

  • Full HDMI quality
  • Multi-finger touch or stylus pen
  • Projector, PC or laptop required

Touch LED panel

  • Resolution 1920 X1080P/4k
  • 6-point writing / 10-point touch
  • Input: HDMI / VGA

 

When dealing with Parrot, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Free training with every purchase
  • National with branches in every province, dedicated specialist support
  • Guaranteed return on your investment
  • Free demonstrations

A hand-held all-in-one voice amplification alternative

  • Does your voice tire as the teaching day progresses?
  • Can’t you hear learners as they work on the board?
  • Do you need to interact with sport training groups?
  • Do you like to be heard without shouting?

The new Micker hand-held voice amplification device can change all that.  A cable-free handheld microphone + amplifier + speaker all-in-one that offers relief to these problems and solutions for many more.  It is suitable for classrooms, conference rooms, group activities, seminars and more.

Micker comes complete with rechargeable battery, charger, wrist strap and pouch.  This unique voice uplifting product is available from:

021-448 0650

gavin@info-tech.co.za

 

Workshop: How to sell effectively to schools

Join SchoolAdvisor (a strategic partner of ADESSA) and CiTi  who will be  running a workshop on how to sell effectively to schools on Friday, 12 May 2017.  The workshop will consist of engaging presentations from people who have real success stories from working and selling to schools, one of the toughest markets to open.  All the presenters will be talking from real experience and give you tips and strategies you can put straight into action.

Click here for more information about the workshop and what you must to do attend.

ICT for Educators’ skills training

Parrot Interactive believes in educators’ continuously practicing how to incorporate technology in the classroom to enhance their teaching style and  learning needs.  With this in view, the company is  running a special training programme.

For educators to be comfortable with technology use in the classroom, there is need for continuous use of  the devices or software, sharing information with fellow educators, support from the school authorities and seeing the benefits of technology in the classroom.   These needs will be explored on the course.

For more information on quotations and training availability contact Parrot Products at 086 126 2737 or pitraining@parrot.co.za