Choosing an appropriate video to use in a lesson is not
always as simple as it may seem. Whereas
there are many websites and YouTube videos that have educational value, selecting
the right one for the lesson is not easy.
One obstacle is time – time for the teacher to go through
the plethora of available videos. Many
teachers find that it is too time consuming to view available videos to find
the one that will fit in well with the lesson.
Many videos were produced for television or for use in specific
classroom situations in other parts of the world and may not be suitable for a
lesson in a South African classroom.
But there are wonderful resources out there – superb videos
that can blow life into lessons; if only one can find them!
It will be useful if a curated bank of videos is available so
that teacher can go to a subject, grade, topic and lesson and find videos that
are guaranteed to supplement a lesson.
ADESSA is proud to be working with the DBE to create a Digital Content
Framework document, that will ultimately lead to the establishment of a
repository of approved video material, as well as other digital content items.
The 2019 AGM of ADESSA was a huge success. Many members attended in person and others Zoomed in from different parts of the country to hear the main speaker, Brian Schreuder (Head of Department of the WCED), giving an inspiring talk about the approach of the Western Cape Education Department towards education.
The WCED’s transformational strategy has two pillars: e-learning and a “transform to perform” philosophy. Mr Schreuder highlighted the role that the private sector can play in providing good quality content and invited ADESSA to continue its discussions with the province.
Henry Kavuma of the DBE then spoke about the SONA ICT
Commitment of the President and in very clear terms spelled out the critical
role that ADESSA will play in the future to assist the DBE to execute its five-year
After years of working behind the scenes to boost our membership and to build good relationships with the decision makers of education, it is satisfying to see that our efforts are paying off and that ADESSA is now poised to play a significant role in the furtherance of good education in South Africa. Our members are thrilled at the prospects that this opportunity opens for them.
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.
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.