Archive for September, 2017

Pearson’s new poetry guides

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Pearson’s new poetry guides

Title: X-kit Achieve! Literature Study Guides for Grade 12 Prescribed Poetry (English Home Language) Authors: Mignon Gulbrandsen and Glynis Lloyd Publisher: Pearson South Africa ISBN: 978-1-776-10164-1 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers “Hot off the press” is how Camilla Costa, market specialist: schools for Pearson South Africa describes the company’s X-kit Achieve! Literature Study Guides for […]

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Young adult literature: what does it all mean?

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Young adult literature: what does it all mean?

Title: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index Author: Julie Israel Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN: 978-0-141-37642-4 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (JLHI), by Julie Israel, can serve as a fantastic teaching and learning tool for high school English teachers and librarians and all their more senior students.   It’s this student cohort that publishers […]

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The real debate about 13 Reasons Why

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The real debate about 13 Reasons Why

BY JACQUELINE AITCHISON The latest flashing red, hot-button phenomenon that has teenagers – and their parents – huddling in groups over iPads, laptops and phones worldwide, is the Netflix1 series 13 Reasons Why It’s all about teen depression, bullying, rape and suicide, and is based on the novel of the same title by Jay Asher.2 […]

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ITSI implementation at Cornwall Hill College

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ITSI implementation at Cornwall Hill College

BY JANINE DUMAS KUCHLING After an exciting couple of years looking into educational development, it has been wonderful to start using the Institute for Technology Strategy and Innovation (ITSI)1 digital learning system within the senior preparatory and college phases here at Cornwall Hill College in Irene, Gauteng. ITSI provides a platform for learning whereby any […]

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St Andrew’s School for Girls at the cutting edge of communication

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St Andrew’s School for Girls at the cutting edge of communication

BY DANIELLA ROSSOUW Effective communication is fundamental to success in many aspects of life, including the running of organisations, companies and schools, and interpersonal relationships with friends and family. Constantly learning how we can improve our communication has many benefits, and for this reason, St Andrew’s School for Girls in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, strives to improve […]

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Get (h)appy: technological trends for school marketers

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Get (h)appy: technological trends for school marketers

BY DEIDRE ALCOCK We are living in a digital world where you either keep up to date, or you fall behind. In this world, our thumbs are becoming an important commodity. If you are having issues with an iPad, you can just ask a six-year-old, and Google is your best friend. It’s a world in […]

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United Herzlia Schools joins other innovative ISASA members with its own online shop

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United Herzlia Schools joins other innovative ISASA members with its own online shop

BY TRACY KLASS United Herzlia Schools is a multi-campus, co-educational institution, with 10 schools providing education services ranging from day care to matric across five campuses around the Western Cape peninsula. In 2003, a decision was made to run a centralised uniform shop from the Highlands Estate campus. In 2014, Herzlia decided to update its […]

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Virtual-reality technology allows us to understand autism better

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Virtual-reality technology allows us to understand autism better

Much of the research done into autism has hitherto focused on social cognition, also known as the psychology of human interaction. This kind of analysis, say authors and scientists Nathan Caruana and Jon Brock (both postdoctoral research fellows and lecturers in the cognitive science department at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia), is now moving to […]

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Afghan girls show they’ve got true grit

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Afghan girls show they’ve got true grit

A group of Afghan girls, all robotics fundis, were invited to participate in an international robotics competition, the FIRST Global Challenge, hosted by non-profit First Global – which promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers in the developing world through Olympics-style robotics competitions – in Washington in the US in July. However, […]

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Is the fidget spinner driving us all mad?

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Is the fidget spinner driving us all mad?

In late July, 2017, Russia’s consumer watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, issued a warning that fidget spinners could be addictive and dangerous. The interestingly shaped plastic toys are the latest craze for children and parents around the globe. Some parents, however, claimed Rospotrebnadzor, are deeply concerned about the impact the toy may have on their offspring. The watchdog […]

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Poor old Pooh Chinese bloggers and other “netizens” have been having a great deal of fun comparing Winnie the Pooh to their president. Reports the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), “When Xi Jinping and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [recently] endured one of the more awkward handshakes in history, netizens responded with Winnie the Pooh and […]

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