“It is very difficult to think of any learning that is not E-enabled.” Are mobile devices revolutionary or disruptive in a classroom setting? Should IT and social media be used to develop professional learning networks? And can twitter, Facebook and MixIT enhance teaching and learning in the classroom? These are some of the compelling questions that will be discussed during the Education Technology Indaba at the annual African Education Week from 19-22 June at the Sandton Convention Centre. The African Education Week Convention and Learning Expo is the meeting and trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. Now in its 7th year, it remains the continent’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event. “E” will be big! “’E' will be big this year in South African education!” says well-known educational technology expert and head of e-Learning at Mustek, Kobus van Wyk. “Although e-Learning is already happening in isolated schools, it still has to get going at a much broader level. e-Learning can make a huge contribution towards alleviating the bad state of education in South Africa.” He continues: “the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) is putting large emphasis on the use of technology in education, or e-education as they call it. In its document, “Action Plan to 2014”, chapter 7 is entitled “The importance of e-education,” with some ambitious goals set for 2013 and 2014. This adds impetus to the implementation of e-learning initiatives in the different provinces.” From tablets to phablets According to Kobus van Wyk, who is a regular speaker at African Education Week, it became very apparent during 2012 “that the use of tablets and mobile devices will play an increasingly important role in education in the future.” He encourages teachers to embrace technology: “Educators, get your hands on a device – today! Experience it . . .
“Education is serious business right now” Leadership in education, technology in the classroom, STEM education*, OERs** and the future of higher education are some of the pressing issues that will be focused on at the annual African Education Week and Career Indaba taking place in Johannesburg from 19-22 June this year. *STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics *OERs = open educational resources African Education Week Annual Convention and Learning Expo is the meeting and trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. Now in its 7th year, it remains Africa’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event. Claire O’Connell is the programme director: “over the past seven years African Education Week has established itself as the leading content-rich platform that unites cross-sections of participants from all education sectors, as well as representatives of government and business.” Education is serious business She continues: “Education is serious business right now, not only in South Africa but throughout Sub Saharan Africa with governments and the private sector recognising that there can be no further delay in getting the education system on track to provide the skilled workforce desperately needed to drive economic growth. Today African governments are making strategic decisions on how they will respond to the demands of 77 million new students.” According to Claire O’Connell: “public spending on education in sub-Saharan Africa has increased by more than 6% per year in the past decade. South Africa alone spent R207 billion on education in 2012, which is set to increase in the next fiscal year to R236 billion. African Education Week offers a credible and tried-and-tested platform for the sector where the decision makers meet up with the best service providers who have the latest technologies and solutions on . . .
Maybe it’s the enigma associated with port cities across the globe: Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, Shanghai.... Perhaps it is the power inherent in the everyday lives of people and their music – think Goema, the musical love child of Cape Town’s past, and the scarred and empty landscape of District Six from which 60 000 residents were forcibly removed in the 1960’s - that has provoked such interest in uncovering the lesser known stories of the District: the proverbial untold stories. The District Six Encounters Series invites visitors to step out onto the land, hear stories from ex-residents and returnees and experience the food, music and folklore that formed the backbone of District life before its destruction. From March – June 2013, four main tours have been planned: 1. Thursday Sunset Walks: The evening light falling over the vacant land of the District brings into sharp focus the horrors of the forced removals. This walk is to four main sites which have been identified for memorialisation by the returning community, each telling a poignant story. The tour starts at the Museum and ends in the home of a returned family who have been successful in their claim for restitution Thursdays 28 March, 25 April, 30 May and 27 June from 17h30-19h00. Cost is R 100 per person. Length is 2 hours. 2. Stories of Hope: This tour starts at the Museum and ends in conversation in the homes of two families who have been successful in their claim for restitution. It includes sharing traditional snacks and a cup of tea. The process of return enabled by the Land Restitution Act of 1995 has been a rocky yet hopeful one for the returned families. The stories of their lives- their resilience and their hopeful approach to a future which at times was uncertain - is exemplary. Saturday 6 April, 4 May and 1 June at 14h00 or at arranged times for groups. Cost is R 120 per person. Length is 1 ½ hours. 3. ‘No matter Where we Are, We are Here’: inspired by words spoken by an ex-resident . . .
On the 12th of March 2013, Ukondla officially launched Creel. Creel is a portal of eLearning modules directed towards entrepreneurship development. These modules cover different topics. ''Creel will start a revolution for how entrepreneurs are educated in South Africa'' said Sibusiso Nkosi, founder of Ukondla. ''Creel has been on the cards since last year October (2012) and I would like to announce that the first online module on Creel is now open for registration''. The first module on Creel, titled Successful Business Planning, is presented by InnovateBiz. ''Karen Venter, owner of InnovateBiz, put together this wonderful module that will really equip entrepreneurs to write their own business plans'' said Sibusiso Nkosi. ''It has four sections and can be studied over four days from anyhwhere since it is online''. Sibusiso also explained that this is the most convenient platform for entrepreneurs to learn. ''Entrepreneurs spend most of their free time on their smart phones and tablets between meetings. Now they can quickly go to their browser and simply do their module during those free times'' said Sibusiso Nkosi. Sibusiso explained that this is one of many modules that will be presented on Creel. He added that Ukondla's strategic alliance with Karen Venter and her company, InnovateBiz, will bring more modules that are needed to harness entrepreneurship skills. ''We signed a partnership agreement with InnovateBiz in December 2013 and we have major plans to come up with very unique subject matters relating to entrepreneurship development.'' To register for the Successful Business Planning module please visit http://www.portal.creel.co.za. Als visit http://www.creel.co.za to find out more about the eLearning portal for entrepreneurs. To learn more about InnovateBiz please visit http://www.innovatebiz.co.za. Follow creel on twitter @creelonline and InnovateBiz @Karenventerbiz URL: http://www.creel.co.za Twitter: . . .
EDITORIAL FOR THE MEDIA 2013-03-14 South Africa is alive and well!! Congratulations to the deputy president of the ANC and the Kagiso trust for challenging the business sector in South Africa to step up to the plate and assist in investing in education. Mr Cyril Ramaphosa argues that government alone cannot address all the overwhelming challenges facing South Africa’s educational problems. In this context, the generous commitment of a R 100 million rand donation from his Shanduka group, as well as a further R 100 million rand donation from the Kagiso trust, to financially assist Free State schooling projects, is particularly commendable and significant, particularly with the announcement by the Free State department of education to match the R 200 million commitment with a further R 200 million of the department’s own funds. Also rising to this challenge, in Kwazulu natal, is a new 100% B.E.E. company, the Inkunzi Group, headed by two young, dynamic entrepreneurs. These two young lions have persevered against all odds during the past three years, to finally be recognised for their outstanding efforts in designing a total electronic communication platform, the ITECP. This comprehensive Inkunzi total electronic communication platform, designed specifically for schools in South Africa, incorporates the basic Inkunzi schools biometric fingerprint time book system. The Inkunzi Group qualified for the finals of the department of science and technology’s sponsored top 100 technology awards, in November 2012, with this same project. The unique power point presentation was shown to the full management committee of the department of education KZN in October 2012, after the incorporation of extra modules into the electronic platform, following concerns voiced by the H.O.D. dept. of education in KZN Dr. Sishi, at a presentation to him and members of his executive in July 2012. A successful due- diligence study was then carried out by senior members of the department, . . .
Shades of Grey is presented by The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, as part of the 2013 programme for the Infecting the City Public Arts Festival. Old and new converge with the Cape Consort’s exploration of early vocal repertoire in Shades of Grey, a fractured audioscape of late medieval European and 19th-century colonial culture in historically informed interpretation. The music can be perceived as if through an aural kaleidoscope, which even though it fragments the image, unites the fragments into a pattern: the original veneration for the saint in 15th-century Münster, Grey’s inclusion of the music in the collection during his governance of the Cape Colony, today’s research on early music and its historically informed performance. Slave Church in Long Street @ 12:30 on Thursday 14 March and Slave Church in Long Street @ 10:30 on Saturday 16 March For more information on the Festival see www.infectingthecity.com or www.gipca.uct.ac.za The work is the result of a Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award, awarded to musicologist Rebekka Sandmeier. The Cape Consort is comprised of Tessa Roos and Vasti Knoesen (alto), Nick de Jager and Lance Phillip (tenor), Charles Ainslie and Patrick Cordery (bass), and Erik Dippenaar (organ). URL: http://gipca.uct.ac.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Grey in front of NLSA [/l2g] . . .
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. 18 February, 2013. Indigo Properties, which owns the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, one of the most creative and commercially successful hubs in the country, has transformed the 6-storey high old silo on the property into a state of the art design space, which is home to the Cape Town Creative Academy (CTCA) - a perfect fit with Cape Town’s designation as World Design Capital (WDC) in 2014. The Cape Town Creative Academy (CTCA) occupies five floors and will offer degree courses in interaction design, audiovisual studies or communication design. “We’re taking the creative domain out of the playground and placing it on a professional level,” says Francisca Gebert, chief executive officer of CTCA. “It’s all about ‘design thinking’, in which science and art come together and we think beyond prettiness, to functionality, sustainability and usefulness.” That vision fits in perfectly with Cape Town’s WDC title, given to cities dedicated to using design for social, cultural and economic development. And also in keeping with this, the Old Biscuit Mill has had a major upliftment effect on Albert Road, Woodstock, with new businesses opening all the time, says Barry Harlen, director of Indigo. But Indigo had always had its eye on the old grain storage silo standing on the property, and two years ago plans were approved to develop it. “We’re keen to keep as much of its heritage value as possible,” says Harlen. Heritage is clearly important to the company, as it also restored Victorian buildings in Upper Long Street in the city, leading to the rejuvenation of the area. Indigo owns most of the buildings there. But tackling a silo is a whole new thing and Harlen explains that they had to think very carefully about how to let light at the same time as keeping the integrity of the structure. “The building is windowless now, of course, and from our courtyards we’ll have small windows so as to preserve the look as much as possible. The . . .
All staff at CMH, of which First Car Rental is a wholly-owned subsidiary, embarked on an Adopt-A-School Project in 2012, in an attempt to significantly upgrade selected schools, making a big difference to those that need help. The objective of the adoption is to support the creation and enhancement of a conducive learning environment at schools in rural areas. CMH strongly believes that the future of every company in the country, including CMH, lies in the hands of our children, and without proper education, they cannot succeed. The First Beneficiary - Kwamakhuta Comprehensive High School The first beneficiary identified is Kwamakhuta Comprehensive High School, located south of Durban. CMH visited the school and there is so much that needs to be done that they got started straight away with identifying urgent needs. Needs Identified - Kwamakhuta Comprehensive High School Based on discussions with the principal and the Head of Department of the Technical department, CMH and First Car Rental staff have agreed to start by assisting the school to buy new teaching aids and technical apparatus in the science and mechanical/ technical streams (where some equipment is 30 years old), and by sponsoring sports gear for the school’s three soccer teams. Update January 2013 • Plans for the new science lab have been drawn up by an architect. • CMH have received a costing from a quantity surveyor. • CMH are looking to source contractors and suppliers of desks, lab equipment, fittings, etc. • CMH plan to commence with work on site when the building season opens in January 2013. • CMH employees and mangement have raised a total of R115,000 so far. CMH personally thanks everyone who has donated to this worthy cause. Thanks to you, CMH are one step closer to achieving their goal of giving the Kwamakhuta students the education they truly deserve. URL: http://www.firstcarrental.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/firstcarrental Facebook: . . .
Impossible is nothing," it seems impossible until it is done" These are the words of Lebohang khitsane. In just 14 days he managed to arrange close to R800000-00 of funding to assist 7 bright but underprivileged matriculants from Katlehong. Bursaries, Laptops, smart phones, modems and return flight tickets for the UCT students were also arranged with the help of friends, the Ekurhuleni govt and business associates. A further R70000 was raised to act primarily as a monthly stipend, that will be paid in tranches of R1000 per month per students. The event held at the generous Birchwood Hotel this past Friday, was after all in aid of seven top achieving matriculants from the Katlehong. In attendenance, well-wishers, ekurhuleni representatives, leading local businessmen, academic leaders, parents and the generally proud community of Katlehong. Keeping the attendees enthralled was Kaya FM’s day time radio show host Thabo T-Bos Mokwele, a generous man himself having donated some funds towards the pocket money of two of the three Cape Town based students. Four thought provoking speeches by international award winning Mpho Lakaje from the E-News Channel, ENCA. Mpho hosts the inspirational show titled Against All Odds. The guest speakers imparted a wealth of inspirational words directed at the seven students but impacting on all those that attended. This was made possible by the working together of Bataung Granite Holdings, Saville Consulting International, Smartcom, Bidal Attorneys at law, Mbuyela Holdings, stockvel Voice,Black Key,Thabo Mokwele & Birchwood Hotel who contributed to the success of the fundraiser. by Lebo Mukansi URL: http://www.inventorskitchen.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/IKsouthafrica Facebook: YouTube: Author: Lebo Mukansi from inventors Kitchen. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
"I didn't have money to study further" how many times have we heard that. its almost a cliche. These young people decided they wouldn't become a cliche and they are now on the way to starting their academic lives. This is their story. Imagine seven young people who have just matriculated and obtained six distinctions respectively, arrive at your doorstep with the news that despite their distinctions they will not be able to attend university because of financial constraints. All seven of them come from disadvantaged households in the Katlehong area in the east of Gauteng, but they have worked hard and have earned a place at some of South Africa’s prestigious Universities: 2 have been accepted at University of Cape Town, 4 at Wits University and the 1 at University of Pretoria. As luck would have they knocked at the right door. They knocked at the door of Lebohang Khitsane, a young businessman based in katlehong, popularly known for his charitable work in his community and his stint on the inaugural Big Break Legacy TV show. This is South Africa, big hearts lurk everywhere and anything is possible! Lebohang has managed to arrange bursaries for all seven students to study fields like actuarial sciences, medicine and Engineering. The bursaries were provided by the City of Ekurhuleni. Lebohang reached out to his network of friends and they have succeeded to kick start the dreams of these young people. To date accommodation for 3 of the Wits students has been paid for. But we still need to complete the job and ensure all of them have accommodation and financial support they will need to complete their degrees. Lebohang said “As an organization that works within the community, we have a social obligation and responsibility to contribute towards its development and progress by nurturing young leaders, however, we cannot do it alone and therefore appeal to you to assist us in this endeavor.” A cocktail event will be held on the 25th January at the Birchwood . . .