One of the biggest tragedies of technology in education is the huge number of unused devices in schools and other institutions throughout the country. These technologies were procured at great cost to the organization, or they have been donated. Regardless of its source, technologies that are not optimally used do not add any value.
So the question is: is the technology in your school an add-in or an add-on?
To make the difference clear, let’s use an example form your home. In most kitchens a stove can be regarded as an add-in – it is such an integral part of what you do in a kitchen that you can hardly imagine one without a cooking surface. But an electric cake mixer is seen by some as an add-on – it is nice to have, but not used all the time and you can do without it. Of course, unless you are a passionate baker – in that case the electric cake mixer is an add-in for you.
The point of the analogy is that when a piece of equipment is not an essential part of your normal operations, it is an add-on. When you elevate its use to a level where it is part of what you’re doing every day, it becomes an add-in.
Rather than having a room full of add-ons technologies, which are seldom – or never – used, it is better to have only one, or a few, technologies with which you are comfortable and that you can use to enhance your lessons.
ADESSA members are keen to assist educators make sure that technologies procured from them are not mere add-ons.
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.
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.
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.
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First there was behaviourism. Then the learning theory of congnitivism became popular. And towards the end of the last century constructivism became prominent.
All of these theories still contain elements of relevance in the modern classroom. But a new learning theory has emerged: connectivism.
Connectivims has been called “the learning theory for the digital age”. It reasons that, since we are surrounded by many networks (such as networks of information and networks of people) and many of these networks are supported by means of digital means, much learning can happen through these network if we are digitally connected. Through technology a social environment in which learning can take place is thus created.
Many educators have already experienced the value of group work, such as doing projects, in their classrooms. This is getting better and easier with the use of technology. The ubiquitous nature of digital technology makes connectivism not only feasible, but has also become an important way in which people learn. When you need information quickly, how do you go about it? Google it, of course! And such is the nature of learning in the twenty-first century.
For connectivism to flourish in the classroom, one needs dependable and robust devices, reliable connectivity, appropriate knowledge content and teachers who are adequately empowered to use technology as a teaching and learning tool. ADESSA brings together the best of breed companies in South Africa that can supply all the components to make connectivism a reality in our classrooms.
Information Technology is a long-time member of ADESSA. The company is the proud importer and distributor into South Africa of InFocus projectors, meeting collaboration touch-screen and video conferencing systems and accessories. Other product lines imported and distributed are SMK-Link and Gyration remote control and portable audio devices.
Information Technology has a strong projector product presence in education, having supported its authorised dealers in their successful attainment of recent tenders pursuant to the roll-out of ‘Smart Classrooms’ in schools in the Western Cape.
InFocus projectors, with their standard Educational Warranty offering, are widely used by public and private schools, colleges and universities throughout South Africa. The warranty support includes collection, repair and return at no cost to dealers or customers.
For more than 30 years Information Technology has maintained a successful coalition with its dealers and customers based on integrity, service and support.
wePresent is a professional simple-to-use wireless presentation system that allows up to 64 users to collaborate and give a wireless interactive presentation from their Windows/Mac computer, smartphone and/or tablet. No more searching for cables, tripping on wires or calling your IT department!
There are 3 models to choose from: the WiPG-1000, the WiPG-1600, and the WiPG-2000, plus the all new SharePod for adding any HDMI content into the wePresent environment. wePresent connects to any display by HDMI or VGA and creates a wireless projection in full 1080p HD resolution; works with ANY device (PC, Mac, iOS, Android); conference control gives lecturers/presenters full control; adheres to strict security standards; doubles as a wireless access point; integrates with SMART boards and touchscreens; and eliminates the need for additional equipment.
When connected to a local area network, wePresent allows presentations from network computers and supports a passthrough internet connection. With an abundance of IT network settings, wePresent easily adapts to a school’s rigorous security environment. There’s a built-in wireless access point that can be enabled, as well as additional security features such as a 4-digit randomly-generated access code, enterprise-level encryption and an onboard gatekeeper option.
wePresent allows students to give interactive presentations, collaborate, annotate onscreen, or participate in classroom discussions from their own computer, tablet and/or mobile device. The perfect solution for your Smart Classroom.
Strictly speaking, ADE is not an entirely new member. When one door closes, a new one opens and that is exactly what happened in order for Active Digital Education to be established.
Kagiso Activ closed its doors in Feb 2016 which led to Active Digital Education (ADE) being born! ADE now contains the products, training methodologies and staff expertise from the previous company which allows it to provide a service which benefits from all the years of success in Teacher Training.
The two flagship products are eSkills 4 All and eSkills 4 Teachers.
Both products are totally South African with simple English being used for second language users
They have been developed for self-paced learning to make them more affordable but can also be used in a blended approach
Thousands of interactive exercises built in
A quiz to test your knowledge after every Unit
Both products have automated tests so that successful learners can receive certificates
Both products are SACE accredited so educators will receive 25 or 35 CPTD points
eSkills 4 All covers: Operating a PC, Windows, File and Folder Management, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and Email (NQF Levels 1 – 4)
eSkills 4 Teachers covers: Computers in Teaching Practice, Input devices tutorial, Intro to computers, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Internet and Email
Contact Celeste at email@example.com or on 011 084 6000 for further information.