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Snapplify launches free version of e-learning platform: Engage

Limited access to digital tools due to cost restrictions, a lack of technical know-how, and device integration restrictions have been consistent problems for educational institutions in emerging markets.To tackle this problem head on and to give schools the opportunity to explore digital learning at no cost, Snapplify has released a free version of their Engage e-learning platform – known as Basic Engage.

Schools can register online and investigate the applications of the platform for themselves, inviting staff, educators and students to have a look around, too. The platform is fully customisable to suit individual institutions’ needs. Administrators are able to manage user access, and educators can share teacher-created, multimedia resources with their students using the Resources and Groups functions. Librarians can curate a robust, 24-hour access digital library that promotes reading and learning with thousands of free ebooks and study resources to choose from, such as past exam papers, children’s books, sheet music, plays, biographies and more. All ebooks and resources are accessed through the Snapplify Reader app that has broad device integration, and allows for offline use.

To date, Snapplify has worked with over 1000 schools across Africa who now have access to world-class tools they need to collaborate, innovate and thrive. Snapplify has been recognised internationally for their innovations, winning two prestigious awards at the 2019 Reimagine Education Conference in San Francisco and receiving recognition in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ report twice in a row. Register for Basic Engage today, or email hello@snapplify.com to chat about your specific needs and how we can work together.

For more information, please contact Marie-Louise Rouget from Snapplify on mlrouget@snapplify.com or +27(0)21 975 7192.

LECTORSA WILL BE AT THE CAPE WINELANDS CONFERENCE/EXPO

Lectorsa is another one of ADESSA’s esteemed members who will be at the Cape Winelands Education District elearning event next month.

They will showcase a tool that empowers students to master skills like extracting the main idea when reading, increasing vocabulary, arranging information in logical sequence, internalizing facts, analysing subject knowledge, forming a basis for argument and the interpretation of new knowledge.

The long arm of ADESSA Website

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.

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.

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!