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ADESSA WELCOMES HEAD START EDUCATION

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It is with great pleasure that we are welcoming Head Start Education as the latest member of ADESSA.

Head Start Education serves as the Gateway to Africa for the leading education companies from around the world and also helps distribute some of the leading education products in South Africa.

Head Start has an E-school solution where they have the best education providers from around the world and in South Africa as part of a “Netflix for Education” solution.  The product and catalogue contains over 20 000 activities, games, and videos from ages 2-18, covering all subjects from STEM, literacy, multiple intelligences, brain-training, etc.

Head Start also has a first of its kind, online coding school for kids and adults.

For more information you can reach out to Shivad – shivad@hstart.co (not.com)

ADESSA welcomes AOSIS as a member

The latest organization to join the ranks of ADESSA members is AOSIS – a big welcome to them!

AOSIS was established in 1999 and have been a CPD service provider for 21 years. This organization is the largest Open Access scholarly publisher in South Africa and has published 46 Academic Journals and more than 30 open-access Academic Books over the past two years. 

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AOSIS can transform your current content into interactive e-learning courses suitable for online teaching as well as blended learning. The solutions are tailored to specific learning needs and goals, creating the desired learner engagement (by keeping learning alive, relevant, useful and continuous) to spark the desired behavioural change.

Your learning strategy can be shaped through project management, instructional design, visual design, technology, learnability, and passion.

AOSIS services include:

  • Curriculum design
  • Scripting
  • Media design and production (including eLearning video and podcast production, voice-overs)
  • Interactive Content Development
  • SCORM Packages
  • Project management
  • Moodle LMS expertise
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Who is QUENTIN DAFFARN?

Known Magazine interviewed Instant Vitals and UC Wireless Director and founder,  Quentin Daffarn, to find out what’s behind the self-made millionaire. Take 5 minutes to find out more about him, his background, his business and lessons learned on his journey.

To read more, click here. 

UC Wireless is a member of ADESSA.

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Quentin Daffarn – Founder and Diretor of UC WIreless

MELIMU LMS WEBINAR

Does your old LMS address the needs of different users and not just learners? Probably NOT! Well, here comes our New-age LMS that makes fast deployment, easy customization, and offers features for various end-users.

The mElimu LMS not only simplifies the delivery of new-age learning. Designed for:  Quick installation and deployment  Simple economical customization  User-friendliness – for students, trainers, managers, administrators.

The next webinar session “Learning Management System: Features that Make it User-friendly” takes place on Friday, 11 December 2020, at 11:30 AM (Nairobi Time), 10:30 AM (South Africa Time).   We will show you mElimu LMS the User-Friendliness of the New-Age LMS and add on to the Traditional LMS to address student preferences, which make many of the features/functions available faster, easier, and easier to use.
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If you have any questions about this webinar, reply to askus@mElimu.com.

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App Saves Founder’s Life and Detects COVID-19 in His Colleague

Quentin Daffarn, founder of the Instant Vitals App, that launched in Sept 2020, was rushed to hospital after his own key vital signs health-risk screening app detected reduced blood oxygen levels through artificial Intelligence from skin regions of Daffarn’s face. The app immediately provides a green, amber or red risk classification for medical referral and saved Daffarn’s life.

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SA Company Launches A World First: AI-Based Risk Screening Mobile App – KEY FOR COVID-19

The Instant Vitals app converts a mobile phone into a key vital signs medical device that could save lives when screening for Covid-19 symptoms. The AI screening and risk management app safeguards people through detection of health risks by measuring key vital sign indicators.

South African company, UC-Wireless (Pty) Ltd, has launched Instant Vitals, the world’s first smart mobile-based app that provides advanced healthcare risk wellness and Covid-19 screening for business staff, clients and personal users. The app screens the main recognised symptoms and measures vital signs, which are key early indicators for health risk especially Covid-19, including oxygen saturation, heart rate and respiratory rate, using the mobile phone’s camera and Artificial Intelligence (AI) incorporated into the app, turning mobile devices into an easy-to-use clinical tool exhibiting an acceptable standard of medical device accuracy.

The presentation of Covid-19 in respect of the various signs and symptoms from several reviews, studies and reports, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), state that temperature measurement alone is ineffective in detecting a possible Covid-19 infection. Asymptomatic patients don’t reveal symptoms and aren’t aware of an infection. There’s proof that the critical early warning signs of Covid-19, include a reduction in oxygen saturation (below 95%), and/or a high resting heart rate (above 100 beats per minute), or an increase in respiratory rate (above 20 breaths per minute) in a resting person.

For more information, visit https://instant-vitals.com/

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Quentin Daffarn – CEO of UC-Wireless

The Social Dilemma – are your students puppets to social media?

Netflix smash hit movie on the influence of social media is one of the most talked about this year.

With 4.5bn online – and approximately 4bn of them on mobile devices – social media is now as commonplace as eating lunch. It is not an exaggeration to say that most people spend more time on social media than they do eating or bathing, or even talking in person to other human beings. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – and COVID-19 – have dramatically accelerated the adoption of technologies and smart devices, but are we ploughing into the future as the untested guinea pigs of these technologies, in a race to compete or to be accepted socially?

Netflix’s new smash hit documentary, The Social Dilemma, poses this question on the impact of these digital platforms, using the voices of a number of former senior-executives-turned-whistleblowers who reveal the true motivations of some of the most powerful companies on earth. 

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The movie illustrates that society finds itself as the product in ‘the attention economy‘ – where time on screen means competitive advantage to giants like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google (FAANG). The longer we stay on a single platform, the more data they collect, the more customized the ads are which can be served to you based upon your digital choices and preferences, and the higher the company value. 

The debate is whether we are all just “lab rats” in an egotistical race to market dominance, or as Tristan Harris from the Centre for Humane Technologies puts it, “The race to the bottom of the brain stem”. Which social platform can gain significant edge to amass the most data and retain marketshare, eyeballs and influence?

That last word – influence – is, of course, the concern. Adults feel that they have the critical thinking skills to discern when they are being manipulated and ‘sold’ a dummy. For this reason, many may be entertained by the movie, even shocked, but little in their concrete daily patterns of behavior may change. 

Getting this message into Generation Z, however, can shape the way they consume content, and give them the opportunity to get up to speed with the reality of social manipulation, at a critical formative junction. 

And many adults can establish an objective view of what social media really is – tech companies competing in the attention economy.That doesn’t mean they stop using it, it means they see it for what it is. MySociaLife, the leading digital life skills program in South African schools proposes, “We need to help kids to move from safer to smarter so they can explore and excel.”

Dean McCoubrey, Founder of MySociaLife, says, “I have been following many of these speakers and other professors in the movie for the last few years – I communicate with a few of them in the US via LinkedIn and email, and some are often happy to help our education program here in South Africa. They were a significant reason why I decided to move from being a media agency agency owner myself, to teach kids in schools about media literacy, online safety and their use of devices and social platforms.”

Parents work hard to build a values system in the home, and schools seek to do similar. Parents want, and society desperately needs, our kids to have an informed and balanced world view, compassion, empathy, and the skills of critical thinking. While the internet exposes us to more, and educates us, an algorithm can swim upstream against these values, feeding us more and more information to keep us glued to our screens. When you add in the science of how the brain works and the dopamine that gets delivered to the pleasure centre in the brain – when you get a like or succeed in a mission on a game – you can understand why devices are stuck into our palms, bags and back pockets. Before long we can believe what we are being fed, rather than contemplate it or challenge it. Virtual hamsters on a wheel. 

MySociaLife deeply believes critical thinking, and the 8 digital soft skills that they teach in schools, will be the superpower combination to accompany technical ability, for Generation Z. The problem is that schools need more understanding of the complexity of life online and how to straddle the line of popular culture and important life skills while inspiring their students to embrace technology safely and intelligently. 

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“Right now, there aren’t enough educators that can understand this massive landscape of digital identity, reputation management, privacy, security, sexuality online, critical thinking, mental health, compassion – and empathy and how this looks in an online context. That’s what makes our program successful. Students find it relatable and they give us credit for it, saying that it impacts the way the view this digital world they operate in,” he concludes. For interviews, please contact Mediaweb on info@mediaweb.co.za or call 0214193144

Free resources from ITSI

ITSI, as part of the Optimi Classroom Group, would like to make sure that you are supported and able to continue learning wherever you are during these uncertain times.  ITSI has made the following resources and learning tools available for free to support schools, educators, learners and parents of South Africa. 

Happy learning! We are here for you. 

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DIGITAL LESSONS

Studying from home can be tough. ITSI is making its Digital Lessons available for FREE until the end of May to help make sure you don’t fall behind. These lessons provide a variety of top-quality videos, images, animations and simulations in an attractive and engaging way. Download them here.

CAPS-ALIGNED E-BOOKS

Don’t miss out on ITSI’s exciting educational e-book offers which have been made available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with some of South Africa’s top educational publishers. Get free access to CAPS-aligned e-books today with the free e-reader, miEbooks. View all the offers here.

PAST EXAM PAPERS – FREE ACCESS

Prep for your exams with past examination papers. Click here for free access to over 700 examination papers from the DBE to help you study and prepare for the exams.

Remote Learning step by step guide

Microsoft is offering this free guide, simple and easy to use, during a time that distance learning is the only way to assist learners.

This guide will help you to adapt school systems quickly to distance learning with resources from Microsoft Education. While there’s no equal to the physical classroom and in-person connections between educators and students, Office 365, Microsoft Teams and other app experiences like Flipgrid can enable online connections and key learning outcomes when the physical classroom isn’t an option.

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It is safer internet day today

Safer Internet Day empowers youth to make smarter online decisions.

Celebrated annually, Safer Internet Day takes place on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 and South Africa’s leading online safety Program in schools, MySociaLife, has partnered with the world’s global Safer Internet Day organisation to highlight bullying, harmful conduct, illegal online activity, and help give young people the tools they need to empower themselves online in South Africa.

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There is a vast number of adults & children exploring social media apps, and yet very few young learners have been given any formal education and training.

With more than 22 millions South Africans on Facebook, 8 million on Instagram and 5 million now on teen hype-app, TikTok, there is a vast number of adults and children exploring social media apps, and yet very few young learners have been given any formal education and training,” says Dean McCoubrey, founder of MySociaLife, a South African in-school ‘Digital Life Skills Program’ teaching digital life skills program for schools.

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