The old adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ often proves all too true. The cover of Text Bites: South African poems, plays, stories and non-fiction put me off from the get go. “Not another boring English text book,” I thought, gazing at the image of a young man jumping for joy and holding his iPod. Next to him appeared a clapperboard.
Ever wondered how to preserve that Pulitzer prize-worthy e-mail for posterity? The American non-profit Internet Archive is now able to provide libraries and other institutions with the tools to preserve what it calls “the ephemera of the Web” – websites and their various documents, images, videos and links. Internet Archive hosts collections of archived websites for more than 60 different American colleges and universities.
Wikipedia – the controversial online encyclopaedia – plans to colonise India next. It’s set to open its first foreign office in New Delhi in a matter of months, although it’s already the fourth-most visited website among India’s 100 million Internet users.
Elegant penmanship used to be a prized education outcome in the one-roomed schoolhouse. In July 2011, however, Indiana joined a growing list of American states that no longer require schools to teach cursive writing. Mastery of keyboarding skills in junior school is the new mandate.
I had the privilege and honour of once again travelling to and presenting in South Africa at a national Information Communication Technologies (ICT) SchoolNet conference in July this year. This year’s conference was hosted at the lovely St John’s College in the vibrant city of Johannesburg.
Imagine a school where pupils develop the multidimensional abilities necessary for the 21st century, such as innovation, critical thinking and problem solving; communication and collaboration; flexibility, initiative and self-direction; social and cross-cultural skills; productivity and accountability; and leadership and responsibility.1