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ADESSA affiliates with Worlddidac

In view of a similarity in objectives, ADESSA applied for affiliation with Worlddidac; and the good news is that our application has been approved.

Worlddidac is the only global trade association for suppliers and solution providers of educational products across all levels of education. The role of the association is to expose the latest world class teaching and learning solutions, as supplied through the significant capabilities of its members, to training practitioners and the education market.

Founded in 1952, Worlddidac members and affiliates are representatives of over 40 countries across 5 continents and our numbers are constantly growing. As the only globally operating organisation in this business sector, Worlddidac is uniquely placed to impartially address and support cultural and educational programmes around the World.

By promoting access to affiliated bodies, Worlddidac is creating a framework of operation thus establishing complimentary and mutually beneficial relationships. This interaction may inspire new and innovative solutions, leading to the improvement of products and the scope of offering for the future.

As an association, Worlddidac operates on a non-profit basis and is accountable to an Executive Council elected by member companies. Worlddidac subscribes to ethical business practises guided by its Code of Conduct.

For more information about Worlddidac, go to their website

ADESSA members participate in WCED workshop

In a bold move, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), conducted a workshop with the theme Relevance and Impact of Technology – How Do We Measure It? in Cape Town on Saturday, 15 September 2018. Delegates were invited from four sectors: school principals, WCED officials, academics and the business sector.  The latter sector was co-ordinated by ADESSA.

ADESSA CEO addressing the meeting on challenges experience by the business sector when working with education

Twelve members of ADESSA attended the event and had the opportunity to discuss challenges, and ways in which the business sector can assist the department to ensure that technology has the desired impact.

This workshop was promised to be only the first in a series of such workshops, during which ADESSA will explore the best way for its members to form meaningful partnerships with education.

 

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!

Why it’s so important to make time for reading

Based on the experience of Stimulus Maksima! over the past twenty years, less than 5% of learners in many top South African schools can currently read relevant graded material on the required comprehension and speed levels for their respective age and grade.

This leads one to wonder: how they were able to make it into the qualified job market?

Illiteracy lowers the quality of life and hampers economic growth.This is not only a South African problem. According to figures published in 2015 by the Department of Education in America, 775 million people around the world cannot read. In many countries, more value is placed on the education of boys, leading to a disproportionately high number of females remaining illiterate into adulthood.

Apart from the economic and quality of life benefits, research has shown that reading reduces stress levels, improves memory function and leads to better quality of sleep. Some of the other benefits of reading include: learning new skills; changing perspectives; and enhancing awareness about different subjects.

The younger one starts learning to read, the sooner the benefits can be obtained.  The battle against inadequate reading skills and illiteracy will intensify in the years to come as people increasingly tend to spend less time reading and more time watching television. The only way to counter it is for schools, tertiary institutions and companies to have a specific focus and measuring system in place that empowers their learners, students and employees to overcome the negative and catastrophic impacts of inadequate reading skills and illiteracy.

Stimulus Maksima! offers tools and solutions that can help toddlers to adults to improve their English and Afrikaans reading and learning skills.

Digital content forum established

On 24 and 25 a historic workshop took place at the Hohenhort Cellars Hotel in Constantia, Cape Town, to establish a Digital Content Forum.

The workshop was attended by senior officials of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), officials from provincial education departments, the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA), digital content developers and other stakeholders.  Kobus van Wyk, the CEO of ADESSA, facilitated the session.  The event was sponsored by The Training Room Online (TTRO).

Dr Aaron Nkosi of the DBE applauded the work done during the workshop and expressed the hope that this will strengthen the partnership  between education authorities and the digital education industry.

The three main outputs of the workshop are:

  • The formation of a sub-committee to develop standards for digital content
  • The formation of a sub-committee to develop a screening process for digital content
  • The decision to establish a formal Digital Content Forum that will meet regularly.

It was a unanimous decision that ADESSA would be steering the Digital Content Forum.  Once the sub-committees have completed their work, it will be presented to the relevant DBE structures for approval and ratification.

Open up a world of learning with supplementary resources

Each learner has a unique learning style; not all learners in a class will master the curriculum in the same way. Core textbooks may not provide all the aspects required to teach a concept to all learners. Supplementary resources expose your learners to concepts and skills in multiple ways, enhancing the probability of effective learning.

In order for learners to function at the higher cognitive levels that are demanded, they should go well beyond recalling and basic understanding. Supplementary resources provide learners with the additional skills and knowledge they need for success in the twenty-first century.

While core textbooks may have limited practice examples and exam-type questions, supplementary resources provide additional opportunities for practice and exam preparation. Furthermore, the use of different resources in the classroom can make lessons more interactive, enjoyable and engaging. This will help make classroom management and discipline easier.

The correct choice and implementation of supplementary resources as part of teaching and learning can lead to a significant improvement in learner results.

How to select the right Supplementary Resources

  1. Choose resources with high quality content that is accessible to learners. Material that has a user-friendly layout, will help learners engage effectively with the content. Work through a part of the resource to assess the level of quality and suitability.
  2. Choose resources that are suitable for use in the classroom and allow learners to work independently. This is especially important at high school level. Working through examples and completing structured exercises with answers enable learners to practice, assess and improve their skills at their own pace.
  3. Consider whether or not the resource is best suited for your classroom. For example, if your school has a strong internet connection and your learners are using tablets, use enhanced eBooks with embedded digital assets. Also consider using educational apps that allow you to assign quizzes as homework instead of giving them printed worksheets.
  4. Ask colleagues to recommend resources they have successfully used and found valuable. 

Visit Classroom Solutions to discover supplentary resources from Pearson, Maskew Miller Longman and Heinemann.

Lowering pass rate: fuelling the fire

Lectorsa, an ADESSA member, asked if lowering the requirements to pass in school, as recently considered by the Department of Basic Education, is truly the answer or are we only fuelling the fire?

Co-Director of Lectorsa, Minda Marshall explained:

Today we live in a technology and media-suffused environment with access to an abundance of information and our expectations for students (also in the workplace) have increased dramatically, but our methods of interacting with information have not. Students are already challenged and need improved development of skills and strategies to survive and excel in the environments they will have to function in.  Lowering the standard is not the answer we are looking for.

Owing to the explosion of data a GAP (the information/application GAP) was formed between the student and the curriculum placing learners, students and our workforce under a lot of strain resulting in poor academics and a decrease in work readiness.

We need to bridge this GAP by re-wiring learners minds through developing their Cognitive and Visual Processing Skills and by equipping them with the right ‘tools’ so that they can succeed in this globally and digitally interconnected world. At Lectorsa we have developed an on-line Mind Activation Solution – LAB-on-line, after more than 30 years of research and development, that does exactly that. By training and increasing eye-brain performance we produce healthier and stronger minds in our users.

LAB helps users to improve and develop skills pertaining to critical thinking, problem-solving, questioning, research, creativity, reading and written communication, to name only a few. This prepares them for a world where change is constant and learning never stops.

Life-long learning is the only way to sustain proficient learning in the world we live in today. Never before has it been more important to activate student minds, train and develop accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading and improve comprehension through cognitive development.

I stand by my view that the answer does not lie in lowering the pass rate, but in re-imagining our methods of teaching.

ADESSA AT EDUWEEK

The strategic partnership with EduWeek has worked well for ADESSA.  Many of our members exhibited at the event, and a number of other exhibitors showed great interest in the activities of ADESSA.  We hope to welcome some of them on board in the near future.

Andre van der Merwe at the PPM Audio Visual stand – PPM is an ADESSA member,