Packed with useful information, The Mighty Pen is now available for download here.
Gavin Smith of Information Technology (Cape) had a surprise e-mail from an AV distributor in Sweden recently. The person concerned was considering importing the new Micker Pro handheld mic/amp/speaker device as featured on our website about a year ago. He had spotted the article and wanted some feedback on Gavin’s experiences both with the product and the manufacturer.
It’s good to know that the ADESSA website is receiving not only local but also international hits.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go to the EduTech website to secure your free pass. This is a great opportunity to see the latest developments in technology for education.
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!
As usual, an interesting array of articles is available in the latest issue of The Mighty Pen.
It is good to see the presence of a few ADESSA partners in this issue: EduWeek, Macmillan and Sangari. It will be great if more of our members can contact The Mighty Pen to advertise or to provide relevant content to this great educational magazine.
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.
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.