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CODING AND ROBOTICS

Workshops for Foundation Phase teachers

INTRODUCTION TO CODING AND ROBOTICS

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

Cost: R250

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.

Date: 30 September 2021

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Cost: R250

For more information and to register click HERE.

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FREE WEBINAR: TECHNOLOGICAL, PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE (TPACK)

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.

Date: 26 August 2021

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

To register, click HERE.

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Macmillan Teacher Campus boosts teachers’ morale with a series of free webinars

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.

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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.

UPCOMING WEBINARS:

How to be an effective mentor and responsive mentee

Date: 29 July 2021 – To register, click HERE.

Technological, Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)

Date: 26 August 2021 – To register, click HERE.

How to be an inclusive educator

Date: 22 September 2021

To register, click HERE,

How to develop a growth mindset

Date: 28 October 2021

To register, click HERE.

How to develop a positive learning environment

Date: 4 November 2021

To Register, click HERE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: mtc@macmillaneducation.co.za

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Exercising English for Generation Z

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:

  • teach remotely
  • 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.

To learn more, click here.

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BETTERMARKS – MATHS MADE EASY

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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.

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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.

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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 strategies clear.

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 za.digitalsupport@macmillaneducation.co.za or calling 011 731 3359.

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