Makerspaces topped the list of global tech trends in 2016, according to many technology specialists. The term refers to workshop- or laboratory-style spaces where 3-D printers, woodworking materials, robotics and other tools are used. Virtual and augmented reality were also buzzwords last year. Headsets, narrative clips attached to clothing and brain-sensing headbands provide students with […]
In 2016, the internet was “shut down” more than 50 times by various governments, threatening the right to free speech, silencing election news and damaging economies, says Deji Olukotun, senior global advocacy manager at digital rights organisation Access Now, based in New York City. “In Ethiopia, there’s been consistent blocking of social media and internet. […]
Action Fraud, the UK’s cybercrime and fraud reporting centre, has warned schools all over the UK about the proliferation of “cold calls” from suspicious individuals claiming to work for “the Department of Education”. Such callers request the personal contact details of the school principal, claiming that they have sensitive information that cannot be sent to […]
Higher Education Degree Datacheck (Hedd), is the UK Higher Education’s official service for candidate verification and university authentication. Hedd reported in early 2017 that it had found 220 “nonexistent” tertiary institutions that have offered fake courses and worthless degree certificates. Hedd was alerted to the problem by the increasing numbers of degree “selfies” taken by […]
Around the developed world, health experts are trying to get people to quit (or not start) smoking. An e-cigarette is now a popular alternative to a nicotine patch or nicotine-flavoured gum. E-cigarettes vaporise substances rather than burning them, saving users from inhaling dangerous carcinogens. E-cigarettes are, however, hazardous – they don’t filter out substances like […]
BY HELGA BISHOP Brescia House School, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, along with four of its teachers, has been recognised as a global leader in successful integrations of technology with teaching and learning. Brescia has been selected by Microsoft as a 2014/2015 Microsoft Showcase School1 for its excellence in transforming the learning environment to deliver more personalised […]
Unicorn Preparatory School is a Christian, English-medium day school catering for 346 boys and girls from Grade R to Grade 7. In 2015, Unicorn Preparatory celebrates 21 years as an independent school and its 43rd birthday.
In November 2014, four Elkanah House School teachers were selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts for 2015.1 This ISASA member school is in Cape Town in the Western Cape.
BY TOMER DORON Software is eating up education. Ubiquity of connected devices, school budget pressures and dependency on the publishing industry make American education a ripe target for software-based disruption. As a result, an increasing number of software companies have been founded in recent years around the idea of making digital education smarter, cheaper and […]