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The July/August edition of The Mighty Pen is out

The July/August issue of The Mighty Pen is available for download.  As in previous issues, this one is packed with useful information.

During exam time parents are often stressed out more than their children.  The article Exam advice for Parents contains useful tips that can help parents to support their children, as well as to preserve their own sanity.

One of the leading articles in this issue deals with virtual reality.  It showcases the work Sangari (a member of ADESSA) is doing with virtual reality in the world of education.

And there is much more.  Happy reading!

Effectively Selling to Schools Workshop

If your business is focused on selling to schools, this is the once-a-year event you need to attend to be equipped to more effectively reach schools. This exclusive event (arranged by SchoolAdvisor) will unveil strategies from speakers with real success stories of cracking open one of the toughest markets – the school market.

Peter Morgan – SchoolAdvisor

SchoolAdvisor is a strategic partner of ADESSA and so all ADESSA members will receive a 10% discount upon registration.

All 5 speakers will be talking from real experience and will provide you with hands-on tips and strategies on selling to schools.

  • Social media expert, Jean Vermeulen, will explain how you can use social media to successfully reach schools.
  • Karri CEO, Douglas Hoernle, will reveal how Karri successfully launched a new product into the school market.
  • Educational investor, Dries Mellet, will give his perspective on the education industry from the eye of an investor.
  • Former DF Malan headmaster, Rian Truter, will elaborate on why it’s about so more than just the profit bottom line.
  • SchoolAdvisor CEO, Peter Morgan, will help you understand the SA school market and share new trends affecting school purchasing.

Companies looking for fresh ideas and new strategies are sure to benefit from attending this highly-anticipated annual event. The event will close with wine tasting and networking. View full details.

Date: Thursday 20 Sept 2018

Start: 09:00 for 09:30 – 16:00

(a 9 am for 09:30 start gives JHB attendees a chance to fly in on the morning)

Venue: Beyerskloof Wine Farm – Stellenbosch (Google Maps)

Cost: R2,950 (includes lunch, tea/coffee/snacks, wine tasting)

NOTE: There are only 12 tickets remaining.

–> Find out more and book <–

Interactive AV solusions offers Clevertouch

As the need grows for collaborative learning spaces, so does the demand for technology in the classroom. Clevertouch, offered by Interactive AV solutions, is embracing immersive learning with intelligent digital classroom environments.

The interactive panels come packed with free apps and software designed to meet curriculum requirements to deliver more engaging lessons. The complete classroom solution is easy to use, simple installation and designed with more than 50 000 hours of use.  There are no on-going subscriptions costs.

Cleverstore is the first of its kind. A free and tested, dedicated educational app store where all apps (even those from familiar developers with big-name licenses) have had all advertising and in-app purchases removed, allowing educators to use them in the classroom with confidence.

The multi award winning touchscreens are redefining the future of classroom.   Built to last, all screens come with a comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty.

Say goodbye to HDMI cables

We all know the misery of having to install and maintain HDMI cables, patch-panels, fly-leads, trunking and more in classrooms and boardrooms for projectors and large TV monitors.  The new SimpleShare Wireless Presentation Solutions from InFocus puts an end to all of that.  SimpleShare offers easy, instant wireless presentations at the click of a button.

Simply plug and play with no software installation and transmit high quality HD data, video and sound in real time at the touch of a button. They work with any HDMI input, PC, Mac, DVD or other devices.

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

(Information Technology (Cape) is a member of ADESSA.

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