Archive for June, 2016

Winter 2016 edition now online

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
Winter 2016 edition now online

All articles from the winter, 2016 edition reproduced online.

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The fourth revolution hits Kyalami Schools

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
The fourth revolution hits Kyalami Schools

By David Rogers They say we are in the fourth Industrial Revolution. Steam replaced human and animal power in the first Industrial Revolution, electricity replaced steam in the second, electronics automated many repetitive tasks as computers drove the third Industrial Revolution, and now the interconnectivity of devices is heralding the fourth Industrial Revolution. Education has […]

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Learning to live at Lilyfontein School

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Learning to live at Lilyfontein School

By Ian Galbraith In 2002, I joined Lilyfontein School, a small school situated in the rolling farmlands on the eastern seaboard of East London in the Eastern Cape. My brief as the new head was to expand the almost 100-year-old primary school into a high school, and to add adventure-based education to the already successful […]

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Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

Author: Susan Greenfield Publisher: Random House ISBN: 978-0812993820 Reviewed by: Patti Blackhurst I recently read the book, Mind C hange: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, by Susan Greenfield. Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, of Oxford University, is a British scientist with a doctorate and more than 32 honorary degrees. In this […]

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What’s up with that? WhatsApp as a new weapon

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
What’s up with that? WhatsApp as a new weapon

By Lara Van Lelyveld In many parts of the world, WhatsApp, a digital social media platform, has become a key communication tool in schools.1 Ifound myself using WhatsApp to communicate with my register class and began to wonder: how does the daily use of WhatsApp affect teenagers? Previously, research done on instant messaging tools have […]

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WhatsApp in India

| June 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
WhatsApp in India

In January 2016, the Indian education department asked each primary school teacher in the country to become a member of a WhatsApp group of 100 members each. The Indian government believes this is the best way to inform all teachers about new policies teaching techniques to teachers, especially those in remote areas. The 100-member groups […]

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Typing not the best test

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Typing not the best test

They’re at it again, those folk who quibble over which is more effective – typing/tapping or handwriting. Academics at Princeton University in New Jersey and the University of California in the US, have collaborated on new studies that suggest that taking notes longhand appears to focus classroom attention and boost learning in a way that […]

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In Melbourne, parents cyberbully teachers

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
In Melbourne, parents cyberbully teachers

Many retired teachers may feel thankful they don’t do their job in the social media age. It’s not just today’s students who are hectored online, teachers get bullied too. Now a Melbourne, Australia school, has stepped up to protect its staff. The primary school write a legal letter to parents asking them formally to stop […]

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Another brick in the wall

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

Teachers view classroom appraisal visits with some scepticism, if not downright cynicism (and also, let it be said, with some trepidation.) “How can a single visit measure my teaching!?” teachers ask scornfully. And then they say with impressive bravado, “Well, you won’t find me doing anything different just because of some inspection next week… I […]

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Woema: Graad 12 Werkboek: Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Woema: Graad 12 Werkboek: Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal

Authors: Cecile Smith and Kara Smith Published by: Pikkie Publikasies Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Studying Afrikaans as a first additional language can be challenging, which is why it’s exciting that enterprises like Pikkie Publishers produce eminently clear and useable books in this subject area. These hard copies are published alongside a variety of online […]

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A day in the digital life of teenagers

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
A day in the digital life of teenagers

By Sonia Livingstone With each generation, the public consciousness conjures up a new fear for our youth: where once it was rock ‘n’ roll, today the concern is that teenagers’ lives are dominated by digital media. The worry is that the digital deluge may affect their capacity to learn, to converse, to spell, and more […]

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