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Text a little less and think a little more

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
Text a little less and think a little more

If you’ve suspected lately that your family’s mobile phone bill is driven entirely by your 15-year-old, you are probably right.

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Text Bites: South African Poems, Plays, Stories and Non-fiction

| November 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
Text Bites: South African Poems, Plays, Stories and Non-fiction

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.

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The start of an ambitious project: Archiving the Web

| October 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
The start of an ambitious project: Archiving the Web

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.

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India: Wikipedia’s new frontier

| October 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
India: Wikipedia’s new frontier

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.

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Cursive writing a thing of the past in Indianna

| October 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
Cursive writing a thing of the past in Indianna

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.

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Tablets only for South Korea

| October 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
Tablets only for South Korea

South Korea has announced that pupils in all its state-run schools will use only electronic tablets by 2015.

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In Harm’s way – innovative educator shares with SA ICT teachers

| October 14, 2011 | 1 Comment
In Harm’s way – innovative educator shares with SA ICT teachers

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.

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Dikgwebas@OWLA

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Dikgwebas@OWLA

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, South Africa (OWLA) is a boarding school hosting 372 students enrolled in Grades 7–12.

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The sounds poems make

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
The sounds poems make

Music and poetry are sister arts – a truism embedded in the word ‘lyric’.

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Teach to your strengths

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Teach to your strengths

Any job may wear us down over time, and teaching can be especially challenging in this regard. Teachers who experience fatigue, boredom, uncertainty or frustration and who feel overwhelmed at work are at risk.

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Roedean (SA)

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Roedean (SA)

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

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