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A GIANT LEAP FOR SPORTS ADMIN: SPORTSCAP SPORTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

School sports administration has been simplified and streamlined with the forward thinking of the SportsCap Sports Management Software.

Dated and time-consuming manual processing is a thing of the past with SportsCap’s easy to use and slick interface.

Integration is the buzz word and that is exactly what this software does.

With exciting features such as automatic age banding logic, the ability to capture team sheets, fixtures and results as well as load reports and essential data, seamless integration into Edupac’s already established software, as well as automatic BokSmart integration, SportsCap is the full circle sports admin solution. 

SportsCap are the developers and official software partners for BokSmart and is proud to announce the launch of this exciting new software, which will be available as of January 2022.

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CLEVERTOUCH – AN ALL-IN-ONE solution

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.

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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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Check out how the teachers are using  CLEVERTOUCH in their classroom – click HERE

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Snapplify launches Teacher Benefits programme for educators

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.

Snapplify Teacher 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.

Email hello@snapplify.com to chat about your specific needs.

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Wesley Lynch – CEO of Snapplify

Public schools in Gauteng, are your admissions policies up to date?

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?

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Edwell Gumbo, the GM of Teach360

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 schools.

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 process.

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 specific needs.

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 time-scheduling.

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.

About Teach360

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.

Digital education for everyone with Snapplify AND Google for Education

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.

Link to video on YouTube here.

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Snapplify selected for World Bank’s accelerator programme, XL Africa

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 Snapplify Edu Image Male Studentcatapult 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’s Growth Director. Tarryn-Anne Anderson, says:

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.

Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge Takes Off

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.

Sangari Nov 2017The 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.za or contact Pieter du Plessis on +27 11 466-1440.

ITSI wins EduWeek 2017 award

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Wikus Breetzke receives the award from Jacques Zakarian, Chairman of the ADESSA Executive Committee

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 LogoITSI brings the future of education to schools – delivering an exceptional tailored learning experience to any teacher and any student with any content, anytime.

You can follow ITSI on its website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Record page hits for ADESSA website

On one day, last week, we had over 6 000 page hits on our website!  Six thousandWe 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.

Another 2 awards for Computers 4 Kids

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.

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Russel Pengelly proudly receives the award

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 programme was key to the company being awarded this prestigious accolade by Dr Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry.

Well done folks … we’re proud of you!