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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,

 

2017 ADESSA AGM

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ADESSA was once again a successful event.  Despite protest action, many delegates braved the crowds and met at the premises of  Edit Microsystems  on Friday, 7 April 2017 to reflect on the past year; others linked in remotely from Johannesburg and Durban.  The attendees were thrilled to learn that ADESSA membership nearly doubled since the beginning of 2016 and that the outlook for continued growth is good.

The highligh of the meeting was the address by Mr Henry Kavuma of the DBE who spoke about the progress of e-education in South Africa.   Emphasizing the important roll of ADESSA, he said: “The e-education industry, rather than individual companies, must be speaking with one voice to the DBE.”  And that is exactly the mission of ADESSA.

Empowering students to reach their full potential

The following are some interesting observations from Minda Marshall of LectorSA, one of ADESSA’s members:

The world we live in is changing rapidly, all the time.  A young student told me the other day that her final class at university was very insightful: after three years of study the lecturer said that almost everything he taught them is now redundant, so much had changed in the three years they completed their studies.

This emphasizes that life-long learning is the only way to sustain proficient learning today. Knowledge and information is exploding across the globe. Never before has it been more important to train and develop accurate ways to facilitate the process of reading with comprehension. Even more, we need innovative ways to teach students how to use current knowledge as a basis from which to create new knowledge.

Illiteracy is a leading cause of delinquency, poverty, frustration and depression, resulting in a loss in productivity and general reduction in lifestyles and wellness amongst people in all communities. The current economic situation has made this phenomenon even worse. High-performance environments (work, learning and sport) are here to stay and people require effective solutions, which will give them the opportunity to overcome in life and to contribute by creating a healthy society.

We have to face the reality that education is experiencing real challenges: we are training for a future we do not even see and we need to train students for jobs that does not exist in our current framework of mind.

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Contact LectorSA for assistance in finding a solution to bridge the gap effectively. Results of more than 49 000 students proves LAB-on-line is a viable solution in 21st Century Learning.

 

SANGARI launches the “F1 in Schools Technology Challenge”

It is amazing to see what ADESSA members get up to!

Sangari South Africa, the provider of learning solutions, has launched the ‘F1 in Schools Technology Challenge’ 2016 race season in its search for a team to represent South Africa at the World Finals in 2017.  The aim is for learners, between the ages of 11 and 19, to design, manufacture and race their own miniature Formula One cars.

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge has become well-known worldwide as an educational competition that actively promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). There are over 44 countries participating, making it a prestigious and fun event where the value of learning is showing exceptional results.

Registration for the programme is free for all schools in South Africa,” said Bez Sangari, MD of Sangari South Africa. “The F1 competition focuses on blended learning through a cross curricula approach where learners physically apply what is learnt in the classroom. The true value lies in how learners take ownership of their own learning.”

The teams wishing to enter the official competitions on regional, provincial, national or international level would have to source sponsorships as these have different entry costs. Teams would also need to source sponsorship for manufacturing their F1 cars.

Bez Sangari with group of participating girls
Bez Sangari with group of participating girls

You can follow Sangari on the following social media:

Twitter: @Sangarisa

Facebook: Sangarisa

Instagram: Think.Do.Learn

Email: register@f1inschools.co.za