Fairlands Laerskool, is a government primary school based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Under the guidance of the SGB and IT manager they implemented CLEVERTOUCH displays into their classrooms in 2019.
The school is currently using the CLEVERTOUCH V Series Displays in their Maths and Science classrooms.
The classrooms had a mixture of interactive whiteboards and standard whiteboards. The cost of the projector globes and the annual license fees of the software being used, as well as the cost of teacher laptops, became too expensive to maintain. Hence, they looked for an alternative solution.
“We chose CLEVERTOUCH because it is an all-in-one solution. With the built in android device, teachers do not require anything else to teach. Teachers are able to walk into the classroom and teach immediately. We researched many other solutions and this was the most cost effective and easiest to use solution,” says Francois Pienaar, IT Manager.
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Snapplify expands its offering to better support teachers using its e-learning platform
CAPE TOWN, 20 January 2020
Snapplify Engage has been internationally lauded as ‘one of the most innovative solutions in its space’. At the beginning of the last academic year, Snapplify opened up access to its award-winning e-learning platform to schools by launching a free version of the Snapplify Engage educational platform – thus making Snapplify’s world-class digital education tools accessible to schools across Africa, for the first time.
Now, with thousands of African schools
registered on the platform, Snapplify is expanding their offering to better
support teachers. Over the course of the first academic term, the edtech
company is launching a new Teacher Benefits programme which
consolidates their valuable teacher tools to empower and uplift educators.
SnapplifyTeacher Benefits changes the way that teachers access and share educational resources, and includes wide promotional discounts and giveaways. Earlier this month, The Answer Series joined the programme to offer their study guides to all South African teachers for FREE, via the platform.
‘We know that teachers are on the front line
when it comes to preparing the next generation for success. In their quest,
educators feel enormous pressure to ensure that their students perform well. We
are pleased to be supporting teachers and, in turn, their students, by
increasing access to top-notch e-textbooks, teaching guides and more,’ said
Snapplify CEO, Wesley Lynch.
Teacher Benefits is a feature of Engage
– Snapplify’s award-winning e-learning and digital library solution. Once
schools have signed up, for free, to Engage, registered teachers can log in to the platform and claim as many
free and discounted ebooks as they need.
Thousands of schools have already
joined the Snapplify Engage family. Register
online for free today to
get access to teacher benefits and other incredible educational tools.
This article is contributed by Teach360, a member of ADESSA.
The 2019 school year is already underway and this week the admissions application process opened for 2020. If you run a school that is preparing to review its next set of young applicants, you need to ensure that you are fully up to date with the Gauteng Department of Basic Education’s new admission policies.
In particular, you should be aware that recent changes have been made regarding the province’s feeder zone regulations, with the radius of these zones extended from 5km to 30km. Are your school’s 2020 policies compliant?
Until recently, public school
policies mandated that schools prioritise applicants living or working within a
5km radius of their schools. This diminished the chances of children living
further away from better-resourced schools from being admitted to these
But for the last 18 months, Gauteng
MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi has been acting on a 2016 Constitutional Court
ruling to address these issues. Lesufi has done this, and in November 2018 new
regulations regarding the province’s feeder zones were officially gazetted.
“Feeder zone determination plays a
significant role in ensuring that access to our schools is fair, transparent
and conducted in an equitable manner,” Lesufi said.
The new system gives learners
who apply to the school closest to them preferential rights but, if the school
is full, they can now apply to any school within a 30km radius of where they
live or work. Learners who have siblings at the school they are applying to are
also given priority.
Other admissions rules have been
under the spotlight, too, with Lesufi calling for reform in regulations that
potentially discriminate against learners based on their race, ethnicity,
language, age, religion, sexual orientation, HIV status and other criteria.
Assessing your school’s compliance
As a public school in Gauteng, it’s
critical that you are compliant with these new legislated changes, but
assessing all of your school’s policies can be a confusing and time-consuming
Fortunately, there are resources
available to help you, such as Teach360, an education solutions provider that
developed a number of school policies addressing most of the needs of
schools. These policies are
comprehensive enough to cover the pertinent components that schools need to
manage, but you can even adapt or tailor them according to your school’s
Teach360’s school policies are fully compliant with
the most recent legal and regulatory requirements and cover matters such as
learner discipline, language, religion, human rights, HIV/AIDS and
These policies have been drafted by
one of South Africa’s top education law professors and endorsed by
international specialists in the field.
“We recognise that schools have to
have clear and comprehensive policies in place in order to operate effectively
and be compliant with the law,” says Edwell Gumbo, GM for Teach360. “Our
products simplify this process by providing all the access to information and
tools that schools need.”
The new school feeder zones
will be revised at least every three years, or whenever a new school opens in
an area. Ensuring that your policies are up to date and legally complaint will
minimise any disruptions these changes cause so that you can get on with the
task of educating South Africa’s young minds.
Teach360, which forms part of the FutureLearn Group, develops
comprehensive and efficient CAPS-aligned teacher resources in the form of
Teacher Files that meet classroom and administrative needs and School Policies
drafted based on legal and regulatory requirements. Teach360 also provides a
full set of educational resources and learning materials that include the likes
of CAMI and Quanta.
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.
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.
Following a successful project facilitation and software training for teachers for the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge (JPSC) during the month of October, two official races have taken place at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg. This programme, facilitated by Sangari Education (a member of ADESSA), saw 14 teams from various primary schools across Gauteng partake in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) challenge.
The challenge is open to students aged 5-11 years and involves designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies such as Jaguar Cars. Each team designs an F1 racing car using 160gm/s cardboard paper created on 2D drawing software. After manufacturing teams race their cars on a 20 metre race track powered by gas chargers.
Pieter du Plessis, F1 in Schools programme manager at Sangari Education, said:
At first it was a challenge getting both learner’s and teachers to buy into the concept of designing and racing a miniature F1 car. But the concept has now caught on and interest is growing rapidly. The JPSC-F1 is literally STEM education in action. Teacher involvement is critical for learners, who need both emotional and physical support. The JPSC offers primary school pupils the opportunity to take part in a fun hands-on STEM activity, tackling real-life problem solving, design, manufacturing, team work, communication and business skills.
Involvement of teachers and parents is an integral part of the programme as it motivates children to maintain their focus and determination in the challenge.
Christo Jones, deputy chief education specialist for Technology, Gauteng Department of Education said:
Partnering with Sangari Education to bring active STEM education to primary schools is a good starting point towards improving the education system in the country. Seeing young people design F1 model cars on computers, manufacture and then race them is really inspiring.
The competition is open to all primary school children from grade 5 to grade 7. Teams wishing to be part of this competition can register on the website at: www.sangari.co.zaor contact Pieter du Plessis on +27 11 466-1440.
ADESSA congratulates one of its members, ITSI on winning the Supplier of the Year Award in the Basic Education category during the EduWeek 2017 awards event in Cape Town on 4 October 2017.
The EduWeek awards recognise excellence across the African education ecosystem.
ITSI’s platform provides a unique way of simplifying, enhancing and unifying a single point of entry for teachers and learners – irrespective of the origin and variety of content and actions they employ in order to achieve mastery. It has the additional advantage of making learner activities, such as engagement with textbooks, visible and transparent to teachers and parents.
The ITSI platform works within any education environment, with any content, on any device. It provides an easy to adopt approach to 21st century teaching and learning, without sacrificing the rigour associated with traditional teaching and learning.
Dr Lieb Liebenberg, founder and CEO at ITSI, commented:
We are delighted to have been honoured with this award. The teaching environment is increasingly fragmented in terms of the content and activities which teachers need to employ. The fragmentation stems from teachers having to use textbooks from different publishers, a variety of other printed and online resources, and a range of educational apps – the vast majority of which operate in silos. This is what we strive to overcome.
From being the first-mover in the South African market, ITSI has expanded to over 180 public and private schools, with more than 80,000 full-time users. The company also has an office in the UK, as well as one in the Middle East.
ITSI brings the future of education to schools – delivering an exceptional tailored learning experience to any teacher and any student with any content, anytime.
On one day, last week, we had over 6 000 page hits on our website! We now regularly have over 1 000 individual visitors per day looking at our website … this means that people in education are interested in what ADESSA members have to say.
The ADESSA website is dedicated to its members and provides a platform on which they can let the world know about their products, services and achievements.
ADESSA congratulates one of its members, Computers 4 Kids, for scooping up another two awards
Computers 4 Kids was placed third in the ‘Job Creation’ category at the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA) at a gala event hosted by the Premier and Minister Winde on 23 November 2016. This recognition was based on the Internet Champion programme that Computers 4 Kids is rolling out as part of the Western Cape’s Broadband initiative.
And then, on 6 December2016, the company won the SMME of the year award at the South African Premier Business Awards gala event in Gauteng. Once again the Internet Champion programmewas key to the company being awarded this prestigious accolade by Dr Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry.
Edit Microsystems, one of the founding members of ADESSA, was recently recognised for their work in providing life changing assistive technology to persons with disabilities at the 2016 EduWeek Awards held in Johannesburg.
Edit Microsystems received two awards; the Community Award and Supplier of the Year for Special Needs Award. Pieter Labuschagne, Managing Director of Edit Microsystems said: “We are honoured to receive these prestigious awards particularly as 2016 is our company’s 25 year anniversary.”
The Community Award is awarded to an educational establishment or individual who can demonstrate real value to the community it serves through the most imaginative attempt to aid the wider community socially, culturally or economically. The Supplier of the Year is a company that supplies educational institutions with high quality, safe products that meet the needs of teachers and learners in the classroom.
Both of the awards were motivated by the life altering work that the company does in promoting inclusion in education. “Every person, regardless of ability, should be given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and be able to live a life of dignity and self-worth,” said Pieter Labuschagne. One of the projects recognised at the event was the eBraille project, implemented by Edit Microsystems in partnership with the Department of Education, which is revolutionising teaching and learning for visually impaired learners across South Africa.