The new coding and robotics subject is aimed at guiding and preparing learners to solve problems, think critically, work collaboratively and creatively, and function in a digital and information-driven world. But how are you, the teacher, coping? Are you feeling lost when the term “coding and robotics” is used? Attend this popular workshop and get the uncertainty out of the way.
Date: 28 September 2021
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
ENGINEERING/DESIGN PROCESS IN CODING AND ROBOTICS
When teaching the robotics and coding curriculum, the Engineering Design Process (Investigate, Design, Make, Evaluate, Communicate – IDMEC) forms the backbone of the subject and should be used to structure the delivery of all learning aims.
Technology has become an increasingly important part of learners’ lives beyond school, and even within the classroom it can help increase their understanding of complex concepts or encourage collaboration among peers. Because of these benefits, current educational practice suggests that teachers implement some form of technology in their classrooms – but many teachers face difficulties in doing so. This webinar will give you some insight regarding the right tech to choose for your lesson.
At Macmillan Teacher Campus, we are passionate about teachers and we understand the difficult task they are faced with during this pandemic. As you know, South Africa has been in different stages of lockdown since March 2020 and while this has significantly changed the way teachers interact with their learners, many teachers feel demotivated and a little lost.
Macmillan Teacher Campus decided to boost morale a little bit by hosting a series of free webinars. These webinars are aimed at providing a much-needed morale boost, and at the same time, providing tips to enhance teaching during this crazy and unpredictable time.
Our first webinar was held on 27 May. We decided to kick off with “How to develop a personal vision”. It was attended by almost 400 teachers and visitors from our neighbouring countries. The feedback was phenomenal and the webinar was well received.
Our second webinar was held on 24 June, and gave some insights on how teachers can give good feedback to their learners.
Macmillan Teacher Campus have scheduled a free webinar once a month up until November and we are confident that each one will be well attended.
How to be an effective mentor and responsive mentee
Remote teaching has pushed teachers out of their comfort zones and while keeping learners engaged might seem tricky, Exercising English for Generation Z provides you with an effortless solution to continue to:
assess learners remotely
engage learners remotely
integrate in-person teaching with remote learning
This unique English language and grammar series offered by Macmillan Education includes core exercise books for Grades 7 to 12 and access to an online component to enhance remote learning.
This is yet another product from Macmillan to be seen at the Cape Winelands Education District elearning conference/expo on Saturday, 9 March 2019, in Worcester.
Having a lot of problems is, well, a problem. When it
comes to Maths however, teachers will tell you that you can never have too many
problems as practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, learners are often not
motivated to practice Maths, as often they feel they will never grasp the
concepts, or they don’t know where their knowledge gaps are. This leads to Maths
teachers having to spend time on intervention strategies, or for parents to pay
for expensive extra lessons which don’t necessarily provide the required
direction – sometimes all learners do is
solve problem after problem with the hope that they will eventually ‘get it’.
Enter Bettermarks®, a sharp online platform for Maths that employs very sophisticated technology in order for learners to access personalised learning. Bettermarks® takes adaptive learning to the next level – it is a truly personalised platform which is complimented by how easy it is to use by both teacher and learner.
What makes Bettermarks® stand out is that learners get
real time feedback at every stage, it gives specific feedback, and even gives the
option to access the textbook if necessary. This turns mistakes into learning
opportunities as it allows for errors in thinking to be diagnosed immediately,
and then remedied, before a crucial test or exam.
There are thousands of questions and the adaptive
technology checks the thousands of competencies needed across the curriculum to
flag any knowledge gaps, and then provides learners with further exercises to
practice and master topics. Real time feedback and self-monitoring helps
motivate learners and gives them confidence.
Teachers can access learners’ results and progress via reports and then apply hands-on intervention if necessary – or assign further exercises via the platform. The platform will keep recommending exercises to learners to fill knowledge gaps until the teacher is assured the problem has been solved, and the teacher can then close the gap on the platform’s back-end.
Teachers can use Bettermarks® in many different ways
to help them monitor learner progress and difficulties, and to assist them in
their progress. Features include the option of building worksheets from the question
banks and distributing them to all learners – or individual learners –
depending on the need. The questions can also be formulated into a test (which
prevents tips and textbook access and is password protected). The platform
marks all worksheets and tests automatically which saves the teacher a
significant amount of time.
One of the outstanding features is that Bettermarks® is
developed to test learners’ skills in answering a Maths problem – not just
multiple choice. Depending on the question, learners may have to divide blocks
into fractions, draw graphs, or indicate points on a number line, amongst many
other practical applications.
The teacher dashboard gives a teacher a one screen
overview of learners’ progress, and it also conveniently highlights areas in
which all learners are struggling, thereby making whole class intervention
This easy-to-use platform is a class act and a true asset to the classroom. Learners pay only R150 per calendar year subscription and teacher access is free with every class set purchased. Request a demo today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 011 731 3359.