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OPED: Early Childhood Literacy- Preparing your pre-schooler for reading

According to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) of 2016, almost 80% of South African Grade 4 learners do not understand what they read. One cause of this is that many teachers are overwhelmed by large classes, and another is that schools lack resources. As a parent, you can help by preparing your pre-school child for reading. One way of helping your child is by developing their spoken vocabulary and emergent literacy skills.

This can be done by encouraging your child to speak and tell their own stories, to ask questions. Read and speak to your child and make them aware that words make up sounds.  Ensure your child makes the connection between letters and the sounds using songs nursery rhymes, reading aloud and playing simple word games.  You can also use Oxford’s Reading Tree: Floppy’s Phonics Sound and Letters Programme.

Once your child can read words, it’s an easy step to reading sentences.  The pre-reading skills you have managed to instil in your child before they start school will help smooth their path to becoming independent, confident and fluent readers – leading to better academic performance.

To read the full article, click HERE.

EARN AFFORDABLE CPD POINTS

Did you know that it costs a teacher between R150 and R300 to earn one CPD point through traditional training sessions?  AOSIS has an alternative, cost effective way to earn those points through its CPD platform, in the comfort of your own home or office.

Debbie Badenhorst, an occupational therapist based in George, was excited to try out the CPD platform from AOSIS.  She said: “Since discovering AOSIS, I’ve been collecting regular clinical and ethics points.  It is a very user-friendly website, easy to understand and the process works flawlessly.”

She was so impressed with the platform that the WCED purchased  memberships for almost all the therapists in the Western Cape.  Debbie says: “Due to the COVID-restrictions this year, it was almost impossible to accumulate enough points.  This platform has made it possible for all of us to obtain points on a regular basis, at a fraction of the price of on-site workshops.”

A useful feature of the platform is that you are not restricted to articles only listed under your own profession.  Debbie has obtained many points from the list of articles under physiotherapy, speech therapy, as well as psychology, all relevant to her profession.  She adds: “I will continue my professional development through AOSIS and will also continue advertising their website to other therapists.”

For more information about how you can benefit from the DPD platform of AOSIS, please contact:

Email: health.admin@ecpd.co.za

Or visit the website.

Meeting room problem – EXPLORE COLLABOTATION

Explore our J Touch world

Information Technology (Cape) was founded 20 years ago and has always focused on supply of products into the education sector – mainly laptops and projectors. Even though the company remains focused on the supply of these products, the range has been expanded in the last 5 years into the interactive displays, mainly the MONDOPAD RANGE.

This year though, sees the launch of the most innovative interactive displays – THE J TOUCH RANGE. InFocus, which supports this new range of products,  has been involved in the creativity and development of visual display solutions for over 3 decades.  During that time InFocus introduced new trends, technologies and lead the way for innovation across the global market, breaking the traditional way customers conduct their business activities.

The Mondopad has been at the forefront of the evolution in how we communicate, interact and present – either as a small or medium sized business or in the education sphere. Only today are customers realising it’s true capabilities

Bundled solution:

J Touch interactive display

JTOUCH Series display  provides the interactivity of the collaboration system, using the quality engineering, latest technologies and robust design creating the elegant business solution for all locations

4K video camera

Capture the remote participants in full HD streaming video or use it to capture 4K images for using as part of a presentation

 Office

Full support of opening and presenting the Office files, ready to share, annotate and distribute notes captured during those important meetings.

Casting ready

Display your mobile or desktop content directly to the J Touch using Airplay, Chrome browser or InFocus LightCast 2 app.

Video Conference Integration

Explore the boundaries of an office location and involve more with video conferencing. Ready to go with InFocus ConX or customise with Zoom, Skype, Hangouts or MS Teams. No fuss just simple collaboration.

Hardware features:

4k UHD Display

Anti-glare, 4k UHD.

TOUGHENED GLASS

Uncompromised safety with glass designed to withstand every day use and the occasional knock.

TOUCH CONTROL

5th Generation Infrared Sensing supporting up to 20 touch points

CONNECTIVITY

With full options on connectivity from HDMI to USB 3.0, audio and networking with full control through RS232, the hardware supports all installations.

DIRECT LIT LED

Direct-Lit LED display providing incredible brightness, colour and clarity, with high resolution, your images, text and video will be seen and enjoyed even in large spaces with high ambient light.

Information Technology (Cape)

https:\\info-tech.co.za

Telephone: 021 448 0650

Cape Town 7700

IS YOUR ORGANIZATION COVID COMPLIANT?

Is your business or school Covid compliant? As of today (26 November 2020), the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 775 502 with 3 250 new cases identified since the last report. We have registered a positivity rate of 14%, which is concerning. Protect your business or school from viruses by monitoring and managing your staff wellness and business risk. Instant Vitals, a revolutionary medical-grade risk screening app greenlights staff/customers or teachers/learners for entry. Offer peace of mind to all involved by improving overall health & safety and risk management with Instant Vitals.

Find out more



Latest Teacha! Magazine set to inspire and empower teachers

In the fourth-term issue of the Teacha! Magazine, teachers share their best practices around teaching strategies. This ‘Bringing Purpose Back to the Classroom’ edition reflects on the effects that Covid-19 has had on education; includes tips on creating a calm classroom environment (which teachers and learners so desperately need right now); takes a fresh look at the 4Cs (there’s a fifth one too: Courage!); explores what it means to have empathy for students and how to implement philosophy for children in the classroom. As always, it provides encouragement, acknowledgement, and inspiration for educators.

About Teacha! Magazine

Recently acquired by global edtech company Snapplify, Teacha! Magazine serves as a platform for professionals in the schools industry to share best practices and practical advice with each other.

The online magazine for teachers is published at the beginning of every term and sent to more than 15 000 subscribers, who include educators and school administrators. Over 8000 Snapplify schools also have free access to the magazine (including back issues). The publication serves as a valuable reference for teachers who might need inspirational ideas or trusted advice on education-related topics.

READ NOW

Using paid promotional advertising on Snapplify’s platforms gives you the opportunity to speak to Africa’s largest group of digitally enabled public and private schools. That’s over 8000 schools and up to 500 000 users (including school administrators, bursars, teachers, librarians and students). Increase the visibility of your products and services, and grow your business.

Contact Melanie McGregor (mmcgregor@snapplify.com) for advertising and partnerships enquiries, or reach out to the editorial team for content-related enquiries (editor@teacha.co.za).

SA Company Launches A World First: AI-Based Risk Screening Mobile App – KEY FOR COVID-19

The Instant Vitals app converts a mobile phone into a key vital signs medical device that could save lives when screening for Covid-19 symptoms. The AI screening and risk management app safeguards people through detection of health risks by measuring key vital sign indicators.

South African company, UC-Wireless (Pty) Ltd, has launched Instant Vitals, the world’s first smart mobile-based app that provides advanced healthcare risk wellness and Covid-19 screening for business staff, clients and personal users. The app screens the main recognised symptoms and measures vital signs, which are key early indicators for health risk especially Covid-19, including oxygen saturation, heart rate and respiratory rate, using the mobile phone’s camera and Artificial Intelligence (AI) incorporated into the app, turning mobile devices into an easy-to-use clinical tool exhibiting an acceptable standard of medical device accuracy.

The presentation of Covid-19 in respect of the various signs and symptoms from several reviews, studies and reports, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), state that temperature measurement alone is ineffective in detecting a possible Covid-19 infection. Asymptomatic patients don’t reveal symptoms and aren’t aware of an infection. There’s proof that the critical early warning signs of Covid-19, include a reduction in oxygen saturation (below 95%), and/or a high resting heart rate (above 100 beats per minute), or an increase in respiratory rate (above 20 breaths per minute) in a resting person.

For more information, visit https://instant-vitals.com/

Quentin Daffarn – CEO of UC-Wireless

Enhance your remote teaching with Parrot Products

Parrot Products offers Hard Wired & Software solutions to facilitate interactive teaching from single to multiple environments.

Hard Wired solutions allow teachers without internet or a network to connect their Touch LED panels, monitors, TV or projector displays to other connected displays by HDMI Daisy Chaining.

Teachers who only have a network can opt for the Parrot Classroom Management software, allowing teachers to stream content from their display to other connected devices such as Touch LED Panels or Projectors.

Teachers who have both internet & a network can make use of the ParrotEdu Bronze, ParrotEdu Silver or ParrotEdu Gold Solutions that include Interactive Whiteboard Software & Training.

Through their added value offerings of free site assessments, quotations and after sales servicing, Parrot Products can determine solutions bested suited to the needs of the educators and learners.

For more information please contact 010 140 4900 / sales@parrot.co.za  or visit www.parrot.co.za

Working Remotely? Stay Connected with FUEL’s Aranzi LMS

Take control of your training with Aranzi! Everything you could want in a Learning Management System (LMS) whilst maintaining complete flexibility.

FUEL’s Aranzi Learning Management System (LMS) powers training for today’s innovative organisation. With the capacity to scale to hundreds of users, straight forward reporting functionality, and an easy-to-use, customisable interface, Aranzi provides a streamlined solution to your training needs.

Aranzi offers training professionals everything needed to manage a successful training programme from one secure, centralised environment. A cloud-based solution that seamlessly marries virtual, classroom, mobile and social learning, Aranzi empowers training departments, sales and service leaders, safety and compliance managers, and HR teams to collaborate, author, distribute and track online training courses, as well as schedule and track employee skills development. Aranzi’s ease-of-use frees up Learning and Development teams to focus their energy on aligning training to a company’s strategic goals, rather than getting bogged down in the detail of having to train learners onsite.

Features

Aranzi has all the tools needed for an easy-to-use training experience for all. Effective and sophisticated e-learning is what we promise.

Customisable

Create your LMS using your own domain, logo, and company theme. Add content, or purchase select courses from the Marketplace, for a bespoke learning experience.

Content Creation

Add your existing training material or presentations, or create new courses, and custom learner assessments, for a thorough training experience.

Easy-to-use Reporting

Our simple and comprehensive User Tracking Report enables you to keep an eye on learner progress as they work their way through the training pathway.

Explore more features here.