The latest issue (September 2019) issue of The Mighty Pen is now available for download.
As usual, it is packed with information, relevant to education. An overview of the activities of ADESSA is included in this issue. It is also good to see advertisements and articles about several ADESSA members, including Pearson, Edupac, Snapplify, Oxford University Press and Eduboard.
Leading global edtech company, Snapplify, has secured $2 million expansion capital from venture capital firm Knife Capital, and empowered African investment manager Hlayisani Capital’s Hlayisani Growth Fund. The funding will boost the company’s continued growth into new markets.
‘We’ve been following Snapplify’s impressive growth journey since inception and it is a privilege to finally partner with the company and its stakeholders,’ says Andrea Bӧhmert, Co-Managing Partner at Knife Capital, adding: ‘Africa faces a wide range of social and economic challenges, from access to affordable tertiary education, to a skills shortage across a number of key industries. Though it would be over-optimistic to say that e-learning alone can solve these problems, the impact is clearly measurable. At Knife Capital we believe in investing in companies that solve real problems and in doing so generate meaningful returns to stakeholders and shareholders alike. Snapplify is such a company and we look forward to being part of the next growth phase.’ Bӧhmert will join Snapplify’s board of directors.
An exclusive partnership between leading local educational publisher, Oxford University Press South Africa, and global edtech company, Snapplify, has made the publisher’s interactive content series, Zoom In, easily available to thousands of learners. Both Snapplify and Oxford University Press are members of ADESSA and it is great to see strong partnerships between its members.
Covering the major South African subjects for Grades 10–12, in both English and Afrikaans, the Zoom In interactive products are designed to help learners tackle tough exam concepts, giving them the confidence to conquer all their exam questions. Interactive resources are integrated throughout, providing opportunities for self-assessment, as well as increased engagement, leading to deeper understanding of the subject matter.
For those signed up to Snapplify’s e-learning
platform, Engage, free
samples are downloadable, with all additional content available to check out
via the digital library. The full series is also available to purchase by
individual learners (through Engage or Snapplify’s online store), or in bulk via a school-wide licence.
‘Snapplify is committed to improving access
to quality digital educational content, so we’re especially pleased to be
distributing the Zoom In series, which really takes digital study to the next
level. Using a range of interactive features, such as simulations, animations,
games and activities with immediate feedback, videos, and more, Zoom In truly
provides learners with the opportunity to get to grips with key concepts in the
curriculum,’ said Snapplify’s Operations Director, Mark Seabrook.
Oakley House is a special needs school in Cape Town using Snapplify and Google solutions to give their students the competitive edge inside and outside of the classroom. Snapplify has been chosen by thousands of schools as a trusted partner in digital education; the company is passionate about empowering educators, and nurturing students with relevant and accessible digital learning tools – from Google Classroom, to your classroom, with Snapplify. Register for FREE today at engage.snapplify.com/get-started.
Limited access to digital tools due to cost restrictions, a lack of technical know-how, and device integration restrictions have been consistent problems for educational institutions in emerging markets.To tackle this problem head on and to give schools the opportunity to explore digital learning at no cost, Snapplify has released a free version of their Engage e-learning platform – known as Basic Engage.
Schools can register online and investigate the applications of the platform for themselves, inviting staff, educators and students to have a look around, too. The platform is fully customisable to suit individual institutions’ needs. Administrators are able to manage user access, and educators can share teacher-created, multimedia resources with their students using the Resources and Groups functions. Librarians can curate a robust, 24-hour access digital library that promotes reading and learning with thousands of free ebooks and study resources to choose from, such as past exam papers, children’s books, sheet music, plays, biographies and more. All ebooks and resources are accessed through the Snapplify Reader app that has broad device integration, and allows for offline use.
CAPE TOWN, 21 August 2018 – In the Information Age, distinguishing between decent and poor content can be difficult; but with Snapplify Library, parents and educators can feel reassured that students have access to quality educational material. Snapplify Library – a solution that forms part of Snapplify’s digital education suite – provides instant access to educational resources, making studying easier and even working to improve pass rates.
Snapplify’s Library solution allows institutions to create and manage a digital library easily and effectively, and provides students with easier access to ebooks. Once titles have been selected by an institution, the library is immediately open for use, 24 hours a day – unlike print libraries, which can involve a lengthy acquisition process of curation, ordering, transport, delivery, categorising and shelving, and have restricted opening hours. Snapplify’s extensive catalogue includes over 100 000 library-licensed titles, including top-quality e-textbooks from leading local and international publishers across a variety of subjects, study areas, and grades – from primary school to higher education. The library offering also includes free ebooks from Project Gutenberg, Book Dash, and Siyavula Education, as well as past exam papers for matric students to use.
Snapplify Library allows users within an institution – whether a school, or a higher education institution – to check out library ebooks during the academic year, and for the librarian to control the access and loan period. Returns can also be managed automatically, according to a preset loan period, so there is no risk of books going missing; while the Wait List function systematically assigns specific ebooks to any users in the queue as soon as titles are returned. Other functions for administrators include being able to block inappropriate content and creating a list of ‘librarian top picks’ using Favourites. All users are also able to browse through curated lists of Recommended titles (ebooks recommended by other Library users), as well as Snapplify’s Collections (an extensive list of suggested reads, grouped by themes and chosen by Snapplify staff in consultation with qualified teachers).
‘Ultimately, Snapplify Library is a simple lending model (which mirrors the print model for libraries, but with added benefits). We make it easy for institutions to offer a robust digital library solution to students, while providing usage statistics to validate purchases. These simple and effective solutions make e-learning easier, meaning students are likely to use the platform and have a higher chance of passing,’ said Snapplify’s Higher Education Account Manager Penny de la Plain.
To learn more about Snapplify’s digital education solutions, including Snapplify Library, visit their website.
Snapplify’s Shaun Marshall urges schools to see how easy it can be to embrace digital learning, saying the following:
The development of digital technology has been of enormous importance to the education environment. It opens possibilities for teachers and students, transforming the classroom in a multitude of ways. Yet, despite its benefits, digital education is not always eagerly embraced by schools and educators. The reasons for this can present as real challenges, but I believe that they are not insurmountable.
At Snapplify we work hard alongside institutions and educators to create solutions that serve education best, regardless of infrastructural challenges. We’ve addressed this challenge with the Snappbox, our award-winning hardware distribution solution for digital educational content. The Snappbox is an effective way to include the core elements of e-learning in unconnected classrooms. In rural Cofimbama in the Eastern Cape, we used the Snappbox to preload over 2000 school tablets with the Snapplify ebook Reader app and over 300 ebooks from leading publishers. These tablets are being shared among 4000 students in 11 schools. Using the Snappbox has saved institutions like this one over R600 000 in bandwidth costs, and approximately 4000 hours (166 days) in download time – meaning more time for teaching.
A common challenge many schools face when bringing digital education into their classrooms is resistance or reluctance from educators. This most often comes from a lack of confidence. Teachers sometimes feel intimidated – not only by the technology itself, but by their students, who are au fait with this technology.
With this skills gap in many schools, it becomes important to ensure that educators have the training and support that they need to incorporate technology into their pedagogy. In fact, this is so integral to the success of digital education that we’ve incorporated teacher training into our initial rollout for schools signing up with Snapplify, with the option of further training during the year, depending on an individual school’s requirements. Snapplify is committed to supporting our schools and an essential part of this is supporting educators.
Ultimately, the move to embrace digital education is not as daunting as some initially believe it to be. Whatever the ICT setup and skills level, you can make digital education a reality in your school by choosing the correct digital education partner.
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ADESSA congratulates Snapplify on being selected from over 1000 applications as one of the top 20 digital companies to participate in XL Africa – the World Bank’s new accelerator programme for Africa’s top digital entrepreneurs. This programme begins November 2017 in Cape Town, with interaction with international
investors and potential partners.
Over five months, the 20 growing businesses will move through
a rigorous programme designed to generate further capital to catapult growth and expansion to new territories. XL Africa is supported by the World Bank Group, with financial assistance from the governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden, and managed by implementing partners IMC Worldwide, VC4Africa and Koltai&Co.
Snapplify is proud and excited to have been included in this important pan-African initiative. We look forward to connecting with other companies who are using technology to tackle social problems, and with investors looking to drive innovation in Africa.
Snapplifyhas been invited to partner with Innovation Africa –Africa’s Official Ministerial Summit, for the second consecutive year. The event welcomes education ministers, senior government officials, and other leading decision makers from over 40 African countries.
Now in its seventh year, Innovation Africa facilitates strategic conversations between thought leaders in education, innovation and ICT. This year’s event takes place in Maputo, Mozambique.
Known for its award-winning innovations in the EdTech space in Africa and a wide range of features on its Snapplify for Educationplatform, Snapplify has become a top choice for schools looking to embrace digital learning.
Earlier this year, Snapplify was recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) as one of the Companies to Inspire Africa for 2017. The company also won an SAB Innovation Award and was nominated for the 2017 Eduweek Awards.
Snapplify CEO, Wesley Lynch, says:
Snapplify is committed to providing unique solutions to support blended learning in schools. We are looking forward to joining other highly respected companies and key decision makers in these important discussions about the future of education in Africa.
In 2017, Snapplify has rolled out eLearning solutions to just under 1000 South African schools, and run digital learning pilots in Kenyan schools. Here, Snapplify’s award-winning Snappbox – a hardware distribution solution for eBooks – has been used to increase affordable access to digital books where internet connectivity is limited or expensive.
Snapplify, a member of ADESSA, is proud to have been invited to participate in this year’s principals’ conference in Cape Town, 22-25 September 2017. They will be showcasing their suite of eReading and eLearning solutions.
In response to changing education environments and approaches to learning, the theme of the 2017 ICP Convention is Brain Waves of Change. Snapplify is committed to enabling easier access to digital learning, and is proud to be included in this important event.
Shaun Marshall, accounts manager at Snapplify, says:
At Snapplify, we’re passionate about education and we believe in the digital learning revolution. We’re pleased to be connecting with school principals and providing digital learning solutions to schools, making eBooks both accessible and affordable.
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