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EDIT MiCROSYSTEMS WILL EXHIBIT ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

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 TEACHER CHILDREN TO LOVE READING

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.

Interactive activities

• 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.

Worksheets

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.

Licences

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

Email: customerservices@macmillaneducation.co.za

Website: www.macmillan.co.za

BRAINPLAY Will Showcase educational aids at Cape Winelands Expo

Brainplaywill be at the Cape Winelands Education District conference/exp on 9 March 2019 and will display a variety of educational products. It may not be possible to show the entire range of over 4 000 products, but one of them that will be on display will be the Foundation Phase Maths Kit. The image below shows some of the items of this kit.

Fresh perspective on Education

[This article is contributed by Minda Marshall of Lectorsa.]

The world will always need human brilliance, human ingenuity and human skills.” – Brad Keywell, Co-Founder and CEO, Update Technologies.  True! The world’s most priceless commodity is indeed, people. We need to invest in them, inspire them, and empower them to have an ‘I can’ mindset.

Currently, headlines in the media are painting a bleak picture of education globally.  According to a recent article by Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), 617 million children and adolescents worldwide – six out of ten – are not reaching the minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics.  This gives us reason for concern, especially in a time where everything is changing and Industry 4.0 is a reality. However, there is a solution.

We (you and I) are the solution. If we join forces we can combat illiteracy and improve educational outcomes across the globe. It can be done. At Lectorsa we have been doing this. ]With our virtual solution, LAB-on-line, we utilize the vehicle of reading and comprehension development to improve visual processing skills and cognitive abilities. We employ the principles of neuromodulation to help readers ‘build’ a structure for interaction with visual information in order to see faster, think better and remember more. Through an online, automated, real-time, data-driven system we achieve excellent results for the personal development of each of our users.  Added to that, of course, an improvement in silent reading, fluency (required for learning), language skills and improved academic outcomes. We have successfully ‘rewired’ more than 85 000 minds to learn, retain and to excel!

Someone once said, ”A child without education is like a bird without wings.” All of us want to see every child soar to great academic heights. We want to make it possible for them to unlock their true potential and to realize their dreams, for they are our future.

We can make this happen! (#TogetherWeAreStronger)

At Lectorsa we have seen and experienced the transformation our system brings into the lives of learners across the board.  Join us in making the difference the world needs as we improve these crucial skills and results with proven scientific methods. Let’s accelerate and escalate the intellectual capital of our students.

A fresh approach to learning and teaching Afrikaans as a First Additional Language

Teaching and learning Afrikaans as a First Additional Language (FAL) can be quite a challenge. Learners are generally not motivated to engage with the subject and get bored with what is being taught as the language focus can seem quite repetitive year on year. In addition to this, today’s Generation Z learners have specific expectations on how they would like to be taught.

Generation Z learners are true digital natives and are motivated by technology, instant feedback, fun and engaging activities, and rewards for progress. In addition, they want to be the navigators of their learning and engage with content in a way they’re comfortable with. In many ways the learners themselves have become disruptors to traditional education and one needs to teach ‘where they are at’ to get the required results.

Enter KLIEK, an amazing, fresh, blended learning approach for teaching and learning Afrikaans FAL.

Click with KLIEK, to Click

To address 21st Century learning and teaching requirements, KLIEK has developed a fully integrated workbook and online platform approach which extends front of class teaching onto learners’ personal devices.

KLIEK is designed to blend into the teachers’ style. Teachers present lessons using the workbook and online portal, and from there learners complete the book- and platform based interactive activities and tests. All digital activities collate with the book and make learning truly engaging. The animations and games are youthful in style and are all unique. As learners complete the fun activities they get immediate feedback on their progress and even get badges for effectively completing tasks. Through this programme, Afrikaans teachers can take the reins in technology-enabled learning geared towards results.

The portal also contains much additional study work and examples related to each language concept. For teachers there is also a fully integrated feedback tool which allows teachers to assess learners’ progress and areas of required development.

KLIEK’s blended learning approach has been developed by a dynamic teacher and developer team to specifically engage and motivate Generation Z learners while meeting curriculum requirements.

Learners that are currently using the programme greatly enjoy the variety. There is a clear and measurable improvement in not only their marks but also their attitude towards learning Afrikaans.

KLIEK can be applied from Grades 6 – 12 and can be integrated at any point in a learner’s schooling. It will convert the Afrikaans classroom into a Digital Learning Hub.

For more information, or to request a demonstration at your school, please contact the KLIEK distributors Macmillan Education at 011 731 3359 or za.digitalsupport@macmillaneducation.co.za.

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.

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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.