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The top five educational digital trends for 2019

The top five educational digital trends for 2019

BSD Education, an online learning environment, recently outlined the five top technology in education trends for 2019, based on its own research. First up, says BSD journalist Mo Qureshi, is the mass migration of schools towards curricula grounded in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and technology). Says Qureshi, “we are seeing an increased interest in […]

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Schools must aim for digital sobriety

Schools must aim for digital sobriety

Journalist Michael Le Page, writing for www.newscientist.com, reports that the digital technology we use is harming the planet. Says Le Page, “Our tech addiction is cooking the planet. The manufacture and use of smartphones, computers and TVs will produce four per cent oF global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and eight per cent by 2025”. […]

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Who’s there?

Who’s there?

“Bug-in-ear” coaching is becoming more popular in US classrooms, reports www.edweek.org. This is because the notion that making learning more effective depends on the ‘soft skills’ of the teacher – like pausing, appreciating student input and asking open-ended questions – is gaining traction. Theoretically, the practice is simple: a teacher wears an earpiece as she […]

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Everyone can do maths – the research proves it

Everyone can do maths – the  research proves it

BY DR J LIEBENBERG Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to grow new neural pathways. It happens when we are exposed to new knowledge, have new experiences and master new skills. As these new neural pathways form, we are increasingly able to complete tasks (like mathematics problems) which we were unable to master before. […]

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Radio: a global way to connect and learn

Radio: a global way to connect and learn

On Christmas Eve, 1906, Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden made the first radio broadcast in history.1 Since then, radio has proved to be an effective teaching and learning tool for communities in far-flung places. Today, says Edith Lennon, writing for www.techdirections.com, the use of radio as a social media tool in schools is an easy way […]

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A reliable way for us all to connect: the Cannons Creek Independent School radio station

A reliable way for us all to connect: the Cannons Creek Independent School radio station

BY WENDY JOUBERT At Cannons Creek Independent School in Cape Town, we are increasingly being asked, “How are you preparing your pupils for the second half of the 21st century?” What a pertinent question that begs others in order to fully comprehend an answer: What are pupils lacking when they leave the hallowed halls of […]

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The German International School Cape Town (DSK) robotics team

The German International School Cape Town (DSK) robotics team

After achieving fifth place in 2017 and third place in 2018, the DSK Robotics team , nicknamed “ASAP”, finally cracked the big win on 1 December 2018 at the National First Lego League (FLL) Competition in Johannesburg. This outstanding achievement was only possible thanks to coach Ross Needham and teacher Jens Zundel, who both helped […]

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A “One-way ticket to Mars” fundraising event at the German International School Cape Town (DSK)

A “One-way ticket to Mars” fundraising event at the German International School Cape Town (DSK)

Champions in December 2018, the German International School Cape Town (DSK) robotics team, nicknamed “ASAP”, presented the “One-way ticket to Mars” event on 12 March 2019. It was one of their fundraising efforts to help them represent South Africa at the First Lego League (FLL) world championships in the US in April this year. The […]

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“Our house is on fire”

“Our house is on fire”

On 15 February thousands of UK students joined the Youth Strike 4 Climate strike. Scholar Rosie Smart-Knight told the Guardian newspaper: “I want my generation’s voice to be heard and listened to. We stand to lose the most from catastrophic climate change, yet we’re the ones who’ve been excluded from the most serious conversations.” Smart-Knight […]

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Theodor Herzl: one of many schools caught up in a creative storm

Theodor Herzl: one of many schools caught  up in a creative storm

BY DAVID LIMBERT Schools throughout Port Elizabeth have been creating artistic productions of a professional standard for over a decade. Adding to the audience experience, Magnetic Storm1 has offered mentoring to these schools, coupled with the hire of equipment for the technical crew to create sound and lighting experiences one would expect in established theatres. […]

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Pridwin Preparatory School turns STEM into STEAM

Pridwin Preparatory School turns STEM into STEAM

BY DEMI-RAE LE ROUX We acknowledge that we live in a technology- and media-immersed world with access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technological tools, and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions to society. As such, we strive to continuously incorporate the latest developments and innovations in technology and education into […]

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