Archive for September, 2010

Our Body series – By Cheryl Jakab

| September 22, 2010
Our Body series – By Cheryl Jakab

Published by Macmillan: 32 pages Example of ISBN: 978-1-4202-6842-3 Macmillan is particularly good at producing series for younger students. Its new Our Body set is one of these, aimed at older learners in the Foundation phase, or their peers in the Intermediate phase. Our Body consists of six books, each covering a different system: circulatory, […]

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Oxford University Press has come out with three new South African playscripts

| September 22, 2010
Oxford University Press has come out with three new South African playscripts

At her Feet: the playscript – by Nadia Davids 96 pages ISBN: 978-0-19-599254-0 Cissie: the playscript – by Nadia Davids 128 pages ISBN: 978-0-19-599014-0 Itsoseng: the playscript – by Omphile Molusi 96 pages ISBN: 978-0-19-599125-3 Two – Cissie and At her Feet – are by Nadia Davids. The third in the Literature for Southern Africa […]

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An ancient city hosts a technological giant

| September 22, 2010
An ancient city hosts a technological giant

By Sean Porter Technology giant Apple’s choice of venue for its recent Education Leadership Summit – the International School of Prague (ISP) – was deliberate: the school has bought totally into the Apple philosophy. At the ISP, laptops (MacBooks) are compulsory from Grade 4 – supplied by the school from Grade 4 to Grade 8. […]

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An ‘Apple’ a day at Auckland Park Primary School

| September 22, 2010
An ‘Apple’ a day at Auckland Park Primary School

US based Fortune Magazine, recently cited computer-related research findings. The magazine reported that 95% of American college students interviewed this spring owned at least one computer (83% owned a laptop, 24% a desktop, and 15% both). Among the laptop owners, 27% owned Apple Macs Among those who planned to purchase a new computer, 87% planned […]

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Pedagogy and technology – three half-truths – In conversation with Professor Ian Moll

| September 22, 2010
Pedagogy and technology – three half-truths – In conversation with Professor Ian Moll

Professor Ian Moll, Head of the Division of Educational Information Technology at Wits, shared with Independent Education his contribution to a recent public seminar hosted by the Wits School of Education, entitled ‘The Gauteng Online and Offline experience: What schools need to be able to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning’. […]

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St Cyprian’s School takes technology to the learners

| September 22, 2010
St Cyprian’s School takes technology to the learners

By Angela Schaerer Under the guidance of the Head, Sue Redelinghuys, St Cyprian’s School in Oranjezicht is embracing technology wholeheartedly. This ranges from making teachers and administrators less reliant on paper-based systems to improving communication between staff and learners. Placing pupils – not technology – at the centre Nina Adams, the Information Technology (IT) manager […]

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Aspirations and achievements

| September 21, 2010
Aspirations and achievements

By John Gardener – In his book Civilisation, historian Roger Osborne points out that if civilisation is to be seen as including our history and our current state of being, but is also ‘an expression of our enduring values’, then there is a problem.

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Is this a new curriculum I see before me?

| September 21, 2010
Is this a new curriculum I see before me?

By Jane Hofmeyr – While most of the hype has declared that outcomes-based education (OBE) is dead and the country will get a totally new curriculum, this has been disputed by other educationists, resulting in mixed messages and considerable public confusion.

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Retirement – again and again

| September 21, 2010
Retirement – again and again

By Mike Carvalho – I was born, as the saying goes, ‘with a silver spoon in my mouth’. As a result, I still see the funny side of daily life, much to the annoyance of many of my colleagues.

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Small acts improve lives

| September 21, 2010
Small acts improve lives

Today Chris Mburu is a graduate of the Harvard School of Law. Not too long ago, he despaired of ever getting an education at all. A new documentary, A Small Act, chronicles Mburu’s remarkable journey from a mud hut in Kenya to the home of the United Nations, where he works as a human rights […]

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Children can change the world

| September 21, 2010
Children can change the world

Kiran Bir Sethi is the school principal behind the Design for Change competition, which started in India but now involves schools from Sydney to Salzburg. Launching this year’s competition at Ashley Primary School in Surrey, England, in mid July, Sethi said, “Don’t tell children what they should be doing to help the world: let them […]

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