Archive for August, 2016

Another brick in the wall

| August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

Why do otherwise sane and normal people become teachers? Ican tell you. Let’s face it. If teachers are absolutely honest (and, please, I am not suggesting for one moment that they are dishonest – at least, not most of them and certainly not most of the time; some of my best friends are teachers), they […]

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Practical Teaching: Physical Education for Secondary Schools

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Practical Teaching: Physical Education for Secondary Schools

Authors: C. Burnett, R. Naidoo and C. Roux Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-907817-2 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Oxford University Press’s (OUP) Practical T eaching: Physical Education for Secondary Schools (there’s also a resource for primary schools) will be a boon for every teacher who lays a hand on it. Many researchers and policy […]

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Jabulani Means Rejoice: A Dictionary of South African Names

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Jabulani Means Rejoice: A Dictionary of South African Names

Author: Phumzile Simelane Kalumba Publisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 978-1-920397-34-0 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Modjaji Books is an independent publishing enterprise thoroughly deserving of the support of South African schools. In addition to publishing novels from new authors, Modjaji (named for the Balebedu Rain Queen, Modjadji) also produces other works with a distinctive South African […]

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Mama’s Special Baby – ME

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Mama’s Special Baby – ME

Author: Bongiwe Nomaqumba Published by the author ISBN: 978-0620-558532 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers This slim book may have only 31 pages, but it has a mighty heart. It was self-published by a woman who has known enormous loss. In 2011, Bongiwe Nomaqumba gave birth to a little girl, Loyisolwethu (lovingly nicknamed Lolo). To the […]

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Support Short Story Day Africa

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Support Short Story Day Africa

By Fiona De Villiers Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) is a nonprofit organisation headed by Rachel Zadok, Tiah Beautement and Nick Mulgrew. Says this literary trio: When Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, addressed an international conference in 2009,1 she spoke of the danger of the single story, a distorted, onedimensional view of Africa that sees […]

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Introducing Know Your Nation: a new multimedia resource

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Introducing Know Your Nation: a new multimedia resource

Sometimes the simplest things can have the greatest impact. Teaching history can be daunting and unwieldy, but if the information is broken up into bite-sized pieces and presented in a compelling way, it suddenly becomes much more interesting and easy to teach. Know Your Nation (KYN) is a simple idea that came not from the […]

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Why schools should provide one laptop per child

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Why schools should provide one laptop per child

By Binbin Zheng And Mark Warschauer A recent international study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found no positive evidence of impact of educational technology on student performance. Does this mean we should abandon attempts to integrate technology in schools? We are researchers of technology and learning in kindergarten-Grade 12 (K-12) environments, […]

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Sexting skyrocketing in the UK

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Sexting skyrocketing in the UK

In the UK, the Labour Party has accused the government of neglecting children. The accusations were made in March in the context of a rapidly growing trend of “sexting” among British youngsters. Sending sexually inappropriate texts and/or pictures is “skyrocketing”, but the government is “refusing to protect the smartphone generation”, says Labour. The party has […]

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Oracle predicts girls around the world need more STEM

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Oracle predicts girls around the world need more STEM

In June 2016, Oracle – an American multinational company dealing in a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services and engineered systems – publicly announced that it is dedicating US$200 million to immerse girls worldwide in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). This brings Oracle’s total financial commitment to STEM education to […]

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Be honest: do you humblebrag?

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Be honest: do you humblebrag?

A recent study undertaken at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US, examined a worrying social media trend. The study, entitled “Humblebragging: A Distinct – and Ineffective Self-presentation Strategy”, drew several conclusions: for example, that when children “humblebrag”, they often mimic their parents’ online behaviour, and that the practice can actually damage the […]

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Option for teens to vape vaporised by new law

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Option for teens to vape vaporised by new law

In early May 2016, the US government banned the sale of cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 years. E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that vaporize a fluid, typically including nicotine and a flavour component. Using them is called “vaping”. They were invented to help smokers kick the habit and to eliminate the polluting […]

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