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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.

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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.

Bettermarks® – Make Maths easy

Having a lot of problems is, well, a problem. When it comes to Maths however, teachers will tell you that you can never have too many problems as practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, learners are often not motivated to practice Maths, as often they feel they will never grasp the concepts, or they don’t know where their knowledge gaps are. This leads to Maths teachers having to spend time on intervention strategies, or for parents to pay for expensive extra lessons which don’t necessarily provide the required direction –  sometimes all learners do is solve problem after problem with the hope that they will eventually ‘get it’.

Enter Bettermarks®, a sharp online platform for Maths that employs very sophisticated technology in order for learners to access personalised learning. Bettermarks® takes adaptive learning to the next level – it is a truly personalised platform which is complimented by how easy it is to use by both teacher and learner.

Closing the gaps

What makes Bettermarks® stand out is that learners get real time feedback at every stage, it gives specific feedback, and even gives the option to access the textbook if necessary. This turns mistakes into learning opportunities as it allows for errors in thinking to be diagnosed immediately, and then remedied, before a crucial test or exam.

There are thousands of questions and the adaptive technology checks the thousands of competencies needed across the curriculum to flag any knowledge gaps, and then provides learners with further exercises to practice and master topics. Real time feedback and self-monitoring helps motivate learners and gives them confidence.

Teachers can access learners’ results and progress via reports and then apply hands-on intervention if necessary – or assign further exercises via the platform. The platform will keep recommending exercises to learners to fill knowledge gaps until the teacher is assured the problem has been solved, and the teacher can then close the gap on the platform’s back-end.

Track and progress

Teachers can use Bettermarks® in many different ways to help them monitor learner progress and difficulties, and to assist them in their progress. Features include the option of building worksheets from the question banks and distributing them to all learners – or individual learners – depending on the need. The questions can also be formulated into a test (which prevents tips and textbook access and is password protected). The platform marks all worksheets and tests automatically which saves the teacher a significant amount of time.

One of the outstanding features is that Bettermarks® is developed to test learners’ skills in answering a Maths problem – not just multiple choice. Depending on the question, learners may have to divide blocks into fractions, draw graphs, or indicate points on a number line, amongst many other practical applications.

The teacher dashboard gives a teacher a one screen overview of learners’ progress, and it also conveniently highlights areas in which all learners are struggling, thereby making whole class intervention strategies clear.

This easy-to-use platform is a class act and a true asset to the classroom. Learners pay only R150 per calendar year subscription and teacher access is free with every class set purchased. Request a demo today by emailing za.digitalsupport@macmillaneducation.co.za or calling 011 731 3359.

MACMILLAN WORKSHOP ON CYBERSAFETY

The number of children with access to the internet continues to grow worldwide. Cybersafety is a growing concern for both children and adults.

Macmillan Teacher Campus will be hosting a  workshop  that will make educators aware of the dangers and guide them in teaching learners about cybersafety in a fun and exciting way.

Adessa - Macmillan picWorkshop details:
Cost: R 450.00 per person
Dates: 7 & 14 September 2016
Time: 13H00 – 17H00
Venue: 34 Whiteley Rd, 2nd Floor the Piazza, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

Workshop Outcomes

  1. Know the dangers of posting online
  2. Be able to advise parents and learners about posting online
  3. Have a good understanding of cell phone safety
  4. Be able to advise parents and learners about cell phone safety
  5. Know what cyberbullying is
  6. Be able to advise parents and learners about cyberbullying
  7. Understand the dangers of social networking
  8. Be able to advise parents and learners about posting safely on social networking sites.

For more information or to make a telephonic booking, contact Ricky Steenkamp on (011) 731-3350 or email steenkampr@macmillan.co.za