Choosing an appropriate video to use in a lesson is not
always as simple as it may seem. Whereas
there are many websites and YouTube videos that have educational value, selecting
the right one for the lesson is not easy.
One obstacle is time – time for the teacher to go through
the plethora of available videos. Many
teachers find that it is too time consuming to view available videos to find
the one that will fit in well with the lesson.
Many videos were produced for television or for use in specific
classroom situations in other parts of the world and may not be suitable for a
lesson in a South African classroom.
But there are wonderful resources out there – superb videos
that can blow life into lessons; if only one can find them!
It will be useful if a curated bank of videos is available so
that teacher can go to a subject, grade, topic and lesson and find videos that
are guaranteed to supplement a lesson.
ADESSA is proud to be working with the DBE to create a Digital Content
Framework document, that will ultimately lead to the establishment of a
repository of approved video material, as well as other digital content items.
To create business opportunities for our members, ADESSA is forming partnerships with other organizations that could open doors for them. One such organization is BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association). To start the conversation, a brief interviewwas conducted with me to make BESA members aware of what ADESSA is doing. In time I hope that our association would reap mutual benefits.
The 2019 AGM of ADESSA was a huge success. Many members attended in person and others Zoomed in from different parts of the country to hear the main speaker, Brian Schreuder (Head of Department of the WCED), giving an inspiring talk about the approach of the Western Cape Education Department towards education.
The WCED’s transformational strategy has two pillars: e-learning and a “transform to perform” philosophy. Mr Schreuder highlighted the role that the private sector can play in providing good quality content and invited ADESSA to continue its discussions with the province.
Henry Kavuma of the DBE then spoke about the SONA ICT
Commitment of the President and in very clear terms spelled out the critical
role that ADESSA will play in the future to assist the DBE to execute its five-year
After years of working behind the scenes to boost our membership and to build good relationships with the decision makers of education, it is satisfying to see that our efforts are paying off and that ADESSA is now poised to play a significant role in the furtherance of good education in South Africa. Our members are thrilled at the prospects that this opportunity opens for them.
ADESSA is proud to have been part of a highly successful elearning event, hosted by the Cape Winelands Education District of the Western Cape Education Department at the new Somerset High school in Worcester.
Nineteen ADESSA members exhibited their products and services; each one was given a classroom in which to display, demonstrate and present a variety of technology tools for education. About 200 principals, teachers and education department officials stayed till late to visit all the exhibits.
The SG of the Western Cape Education Department, Brian Schreuder, warmly thanked ADESSA and the exhibitors for the valuable contribution they are making to education in general and for contributing to the success of the elearning event.
In a bold move, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), conducted a workshop with the theme Relevance and Impact of Technology – How Do We Measure It? in Cape Town on Saturday, 15 September 2018. Delegates were invited from four sectors: school principals, WCED officials, academics and the business sector. The latter sector was co-ordinated by ADESSA.
Twelve members of ADESSA attended the event and had the opportunity to discuss challenges, and ways in which the business sector can assist the department to ensure that technology has the desired impact.
This workshop was promised to be only the first in a series of such workshops, during which ADESSA will explore the best way for its members to form meaningful partnerships with education.
On 24 and 25 a historic workshop took place at the Hohenhort Cellars Hotel in Constantia, Cape Town, to establish a Digital Content Forum.
The workshop was attended by senior officials of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), officials from provincial education departments, the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA), digital content developers and other stakeholders. Kobus van Wyk, the CEO of ADESSA, facilitated the session. The event was sponsored by The Training Room Online (TTRO).
Dr Aaron Nkosi of the DBE applauded the work done during the workshop and expressed the hope that this will strengthen the partnership between education authorities and the digital education industry.
The three main outputs of the workshop are:
The formation of a sub-committee to develop standards for digital content
The formation of a sub-committee to develop a screening process for digital content
The decision to establish a formal Digital Content Forum that will meet regularly.
It was a unanimous decision that ADESSA would be steering the Digital Content Forum. Once the sub-committees have completed their work, it will be presented to the relevant DBE structures for approval and ratification.
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.