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.
Edit Microsystems will exhibit different assistive technologies and devices for learners during the elearning conference/expo in Worcester on 9 March 2019. A refreshable Braille device will be one of them.
People who are blind use Braille,
a tactile writing and reading system. Traditional Braille is written with
embossed or raised dots on paper. Today, technology enables blind persons
to read computer screens and electronic devices using refreshable braille
displays; electro-mechanical devices which translate on-screen text into
Albert Ruel; an advisor to the
Canadian council of the Blind; says “Braille frees your ears and your mouth in
a meeting or lecture. Braille also allows you to work faster, work
independently and listen and read at the same time.”
According to the Canadian Institute for the Blind’s website, those who use braille are more likely to be employed than those who rely on voice synthesizers for those very reasons.
In January 2013, Edit Microsystems
introduced the e-Braille Project through which refreshable Braille
devices, namely, the BrailleNote
Apex and BrailleNote Touch
are being deployed in 22 South African schools for blind and partially-sighted
learners in order to help improve literacy and increase the possibility of
further education and employment.
Blind learners from the Athlone
School for the Blind in Cape Town benefit from the e-Braille Project and have
access to refreshable braille devices, while those with low vision benefit from
using the Eye-Pal Solo
text reading device and magnification devices. With these technologies,
students can access and edit digital content as well as write and answer
assessment questions in braille, while silently typing on the touch screen or
touch keyboard using TouchBraille technology.
As part of this project, Kyle Williams,
a Junior e-Braille Project Manager at Edit Microsystems and former learner at
Athlone school, offered training and support to the learners and teachers
whilst stationed at the school three days a week for four years.
Talking Stories is an innovative South African reading programme that reflects real life situations in South Africa, affirming the sense of identity and dignity of every young reader. This product will be showcased by Macmillan Education on 9 March 2019 at the Cape Winelands elearning conference/expo.
Stimulus Maksima will showcase their product to improve reading at the forthcoming Cape Winelands Education District conference/expo (9 March 2019). In the meantime they’ve contributed some food for thought about the success factors that will lead to reading improvement.
Every school can be successful in empowering every learner to obtain the adequate reading skills required to complete every school year, feeling confident, hopeful and inspired to fulfil their dreams and passion in life.
Based on our experience over the past twenty-three years, we identified effective
change and project management as
essential for the successful implementation of an effective reading strategy
and reading improvement system at schools. Effective reading strategies require
ownership and overall awareness involving all educators, school management and
Together with overall awareness as well as
passionate and motivated role players, sustainable success is guaranteed by the following technical aspects:
A dedicated computer centre
containing state of the art hardware and software.
Dedicated school principals and educators with a passion for achieving success.
A structured timetable ensuring
that learners will get the necessary exposure required.
A robust and user-friendly high
technology Reading Improvement System that can supply accurate information when
and in the format required.
The focus of the Digital Education Group is on skills development and knowledge for all. They have a range of training tools that will be shown during the Cape Winelands Education District elearning conference/expo on Saturday, 9 March 2019.
Teach360 will be exhibiting their products at the Cape Winelands Education District elearning conference/expo in March 2019. They will also be the sponsors of a bag for each attendee.
The Teach360 team has been in the education industry for many years. Their focus is on on developing comprehensive and efficient CAPS-aligned teacher resources in the form of Teacher Files that meet classroom and administrative needs and School Policies drafted based on legal and regulatory requirements. All their content is created by subject matter and curriculum experts.
Brainplaywill be at the Cape Winelands Education District conference/exp on 9 March 2019 and will display a variety of educational products. It may not be possible to show the entire range of over 4 000 products, but one of them that will be on display will be the Foundation Phase Maths Kit. The image below shows some of the items of this kit.
Kolok, a member of ADESSA, will exhibit a range of technologies that are suitable for the education environment during an expo/conference arranged by the Cape Winelands District of the Western Cape Education Department, on Saturday, 9 March 2019.