WhaT will be the education trends for 2019?

In the Acer for Education magazine of January 2019 some interesting predictions are made for the use of technology in education for the year ahead. Acer is a valued membe of ADESSA, and with their permission, the article is published below:

We may not be able to see the future, but we can make an educated guess on the EdTech trends for the coming year.

I, Robot

In 1951, Isaac Asimov imagined that in 2157, children would no longer go to school, but learn from machines that could teach them lessons and evaluate their homework: that day may be closer than he ever believed. Artificial intelligence is on the riseand the classroom is no stranger to this trend: the growing importance and capabilities of AI will change the learning experience for both students and teachers.

From AI teaching assistants to using data analysis to help pupils focus on the areas in which they are lacking, to the acknowledgement that computational thinking, coding and robotics are a fundamental part of the school curriculum and that coding should be considered a form of literacy, teachers have not been replaced by machines yet and probably will not be for a long time, but both educators and learners can expect to rely more on artificial intelligence in 2019.

The classroom of the future

The impact of EdTech on schools has changed, and will continue to change, the way classrooms look and feel. Interactive whiteboards, projectors, and mobile devices at every student’s disposal, whether assigned by the school or brought from home, are flanking and sometimes replacing the traditional blackboards and chalk we used to associate to the school experience, wi-fi connection in classrooms is more readily available, and EdTech is transforming even the design of the classroom itself, which may become an environment in which everyone is equal, with no ‘front’ from which the teacher can impart knowledge to be accepted without question, an interactive, adaptable ‘smart space’ in which information comes from multiple sources.

Beyond the screen

Using technology in the classroom is no longer limited to students staring at screens. One of the trends we can expect in 2019 is for technology to become even more pervasive and immersive and to take new and more diverse forms: the rise of wearable technology and the Internet of Things means that common objects in our lives, including the ones we use in class, will be augmented and acquire the capability to store and give information, making technology more and more integrated into our daily activities.

It comes as no surprise, then, that with the growing presence of technology in our day to day routines, one of the most hotly anticipated EdTech trends for 2019 is the cheaper and more widespread use of mixed reality, which allow students to interact with their surroundings in new ways and even simulate different environments they would never otherwise reach without stepping out of the classroom. VR sets and digital twins of real-world objects will grant them an immersive, hands-on experience without the difficulties and dangers of interacting with the physical counterparts of the places and things they are shown, and augmented reality will train them for a future in which technology is a part of the fabric of the world.

Learning revolves around students

The changes in students’ learning experience are not just physical: the advancement of EdTech goes beyond the addition of more devices to the classroom and affects education at a deeper level, bringing profound innovations to the way information is given and assimilated. The coming year will see a continuation of the trend of focusing on each individual student’s needsusing technology to provide a personalised path to learning in which content adapts to students and not vice versa: with the aid of EdTech, learning becomes a continuous, multimedia experience that spans many different forms, follows students home if they cannot be present, is interactive and engaging, particularly with the rising popularity of gamification, and most importantly, does not expect everyone to conform to the same educational model that may work well for some students and be damaging to others.

StudentsImproving students’ communication skills,for their future

Quality education matters

Eketsang Secondary School in Gauteng improved its matric pass rate by 26.7% in one year, effectively recategorizing the school as a ‘performing school’.

Following the release of the 2018 National Senior Certificate matric results, Adopt-a-School Foundation is celebrating the success of the implementation of their Whole School Development (WSD) model that has helped to deliver quality schooling to hundreds of formerly underperforming schools across the county.

The release of matric results provides us with an opportunity to examine the success of our interventions in schools. We are delighted that in the past year we have achieved a pass rate of 84% with 1 600 distinctions; a 4% improvement on 2017 results,” says Steven Lebere, Executive Director of the Adopt-a-School Foundation. The Foundation works closely with 209 schools across the country, including Eketsang Secondary School.

 “Our focus is not merely results-based, but the learners’ development as a whole,” says Banyana Mohajane, Head of Programmes at Adopt-a-School Foundation. “Learners are often pushed to gain a matric certificate and a higher pass rate against all odds; however, we aim to develop quality results by addressing all obstacles faced by learners in South Africa. This has led to a successful and sustainable quality education system for everyone at our ‘adopted schools,” continues Mohajane.

Phakamani Zondi from Boitekong Secondary School in the North West is one of Adopt-a-School’s 2018 top achievers. He obtained six distinctions, including 99% for physical science, 94% for life sciences and 89% for mathematics, and was identified as a top performer from Quintile 3 schools in the province. Speaking of his dreams, Zondi says: “I had always wanted to be a scientist, from an early age, I thought that scientists can provide solutions to many problems. I also have an idea that can save the whole planet from global warming, I am planning to invent a conservation generator.” Zondi is being considered for a Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) bursary to study Nuclear Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand this year.

 “We are extremely grateful to our corporate and strategic partners for sharing our belief that education is a critical driver for achieving South Africa’s goals for the future,” Lebere concludes.

For more information on Adopt-a-School Foundation, visit the organisation’s website at www.adoptaschool.org.za, email info@adoptaschool.co.za or call 011 592 6430.

Future scientist, Phakamani Zondi from Boitekong Secondary School in the North West Province, has been named one of Adopt-a-School’s 2018 top achievers for obtaining six discintions in his matric exams.

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.

A fresh approach to learning and teaching Afrikaans as a First Additional Language

Teaching and learning Afrikaans as a First Additional Language (FAL) can be quite a challenge. Learners are generally not motivated to engage with the subject and get bored with what is being taught as the language focus can seem quite repetitive year on year. In addition to this, today’s Generation Z learners have specific expectations on how they would like to be taught.

Generation Z learners are true digital natives and are motivated by technology, instant feedback, fun and engaging activities, and rewards for progress. In addition, they want to be the navigators of their learning and engage with content in a way they’re comfortable with. In many ways the learners themselves have become disruptors to traditional education and one needs to teach ‘where they are at’ to get the required results.

Enter KLIEK, an amazing, fresh, blended learning approach for teaching and learning Afrikaans FAL.

Click with KLIEK, to Click

To address 21st Century learning and teaching requirements, KLIEK has developed a fully integrated workbook and online platform approach which extends front of class teaching onto learners’ personal devices.

KLIEK is designed to blend into the teachers’ style. Teachers present lessons using the workbook and online portal, and from there learners complete the book- and platform based interactive activities and tests. All digital activities collate with the book and make learning truly engaging. The animations and games are youthful in style and are all unique. As learners complete the fun activities they get immediate feedback on their progress and even get badges for effectively completing tasks. Through this programme, Afrikaans teachers can take the reins in technology-enabled learning geared towards results.

The portal also contains much additional study work and examples related to each language concept. For teachers there is also a fully integrated feedback tool which allows teachers to assess learners’ progress and areas of required development.

KLIEK’s blended learning approach has been developed by a dynamic teacher and developer team to specifically engage and motivate Generation Z learners while meeting curriculum requirements.

Learners that are currently using the programme greatly enjoy the variety. There is a clear and measurable improvement in not only their marks but also their attitude towards learning Afrikaans.

KLIEK can be applied from Grades 6 – 12 and can be integrated at any point in a learner’s schooling. It will convert the Afrikaans classroom into a Digital Learning Hub.

For more information, or to request a demonstration at your school, please contact the KLIEK distributors Macmillan Education at 011 731 3359 or za.digitalsupport@macmillaneducation.co.za.

The September 2018 issue of The Mighty Pen is now available.

Once again packed with useful information, the September 2018 edition of The Mighty Pen in now available for download.

Practical information is given in one of the leading articles: Why your school IT network needs a spring clean.  Schools who are experiencing a deterioration in network performance will find useful tips in this article.

Do yourself a favour and scroll through the entire magazine; you are sure to find something that will spike your interest.

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 welcomes IDEA as a new member

IDEA is an innovative technology company that has created high quality, personalised digital education content and software for students and teachers globally, and is the latest company to have joined ADESSA.

IDEA has created interactive, data-driven, digital software, content and games for students, parents and teachers covering all grades and localised to each national education market.

IDEA has developed a completely digital STEM program from Kindergarten to Grade 12 as well as teacher training courses and ICT skills development.

The content consists of:

  • 27 800 animations, videos, images and audio files
  • 34 000 pages of content
  • 1 300 assessments
  • 10 000 interactive activities

Each country’s version is sequenced and aligned to the national syllabus.

Every click is recorded for the purpose of providing or measuring: learning outcomes, learner data, assessment reporting, progress reports, operational measurability, formative assessment and baseline and summative assessment.

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.

 

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