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.
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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.
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 herefor free access to over 700 examination papers from the DBE to help you study and prepare for the exams.
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.
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.
“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.
We welcome Ithuthuko (CPTD-Online), the latest company that has joined the ranks of ADESSA members.
Ithuthuko hosts an online platform, CPTD-online, where participants can complete their continuous professional development. This platform is the result of collaboration between passionate individuals who experienced the challenges associated with earning CPTD points. Participants can complete their continuous professional development in the most convenient way. The intention of the course content is to equip teachers to deal with issues they encounter daily as part of teaching. All points contribute to SACE level 3.
CPTD-online is an excellent place for teachers to earn CPTD points:
Teachers can gain access through their phones,
laptops and tablets, anywhere and anytime.
courses are relevant: Facilitators
and course authors are experts in their fields and the course content
originates from experience.
compliant: All reporting
to SACE is done on a regular basis.
model applies, whereby participants pay a once-off subsidised fee of R650 per
year (R450 till March 2020). This allows them access to all the courses on the
administration processes in place: A tax invoice is available on request. Our company is Level 4 BEE.
To create business opportunities for our members, ADESSA is forming partnerships with other organizations that could open doors for them. One such organization is BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association). To start the conversation, a brief interviewwas conducted with me to make BESA members aware of what ADESSA is doing. In time I hope that our association would reap mutual benefits.
For many schools, Snapplify’s simple solutions have made the adoption of digital education easy. Not only have educators seen just how easy procurement and delivery of e-textbooks can be in the digital age, but they’ve discovered how digital tools can transform their classrooms.
While the procurement of physical textbooks
can be a lengthy and complicated, purchasing e-textbooks via Snapplify is quick
Snapplify’s diverse catalogue of high-quality,
curriculum-aligned, diverse content from trusted educational publishers – both
local and international – means that schools don’t need to deal with multiple
providers, nor do they need to worry about titles going out of stock, becoming
out of date, or taking time to arrive. Instead, Snapplify is what Colin
Zinyeredzi – Resource Centre Manager at Parklands College South Africa – calls
a ‘one-stop shop for educational and leisure reading material’. With
Snapplify’s prescribed lists, schools can purchase on behalf of students and
staff, or direct parents to purchase exactly what they need from the Snapplify Engage
e-learning platform, via credit card or EFT. Quality devices are
also readily available directly from Snapplify.
Each year, students can be issued with the latest e-textbooks without paper waste or returns of older books. Institutions can also monitor e-textbook usage through Snapplify Insights, and use this valuable data to inform future budgeting decisions and content choices. Colin Zinyeredzi has found this feature particularly useful, saying, ‘The system automatically manages the circulation of resources and even more importantly – it keeps a record of important statistics,’ while his colleague, Martin Levitt, ICT support technician at the same school echoes this, sharing: ‘[Snapplify] has made management much easier in getting the correct content to the learners and educators. Engage is an excellent tool that we use to keep track of our users and the titles they have.’
Several schools using Snapplify have noted how beneficial it is for students to have all their ebooks and e-textbooks in one place. Grant Lewis, ICT integrator at Crawford College La Lucia has spoken about how their ‘learners are loving their ebooks and the Snapplify Reader experience’, going on to say that ‘Snapplify has played a huge part in helping us transform our school into a more effective learning environment.’ Teacher Chanica Gibhard from Oakley House, a remedial school in Cape Town, shares how the reader app has specifically helped her students: ‘It can help every child differently. The technology just makes it a lot easier to target those needs. It brings everything together into one device.”
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.
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.
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.