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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:45

Pre-Reading Strategies

One of the most practical suggestions from a useful book, When Kids Can't Read' is the use of pre-reading strategies, especially in the early grades.

Learning Academy Worldwide have, in all its work in South African schools, supported efforts to foster a desire amongst teachers to use pre-reading strategies to help young readers BEFORE starting with the required reading material.

I remember that, during 2010 teachers from a school in the south of Johannesburg, when working through Beverley Naidoo's 'Journey to Joburg', used a pre-reading strategy based on the cover of the book with tremendous effect. Anticipation is one of the most powerful drives that can stir reading habits amongst young readers and such was some of the discoveries made during the project in Johannesburg.

More recently, upon working with two Grade 7 classes at Siphosethu Primary School in the KZN province, I was once again encouraged by the powerful possibilities of deploying pre-reading strategies based on the same text.

  1. Students use their imagination as they respond to speculation about what the book could be about.
  2. They feel secure because their answers are all correct. To be clear, if a teacher asks a student 'What catches your attention when you look at the cover?', the answer is not only correct, whatever the student observes, but the teacher also creates the space for the student to speak her mind without being judged as right or wrong.
  3. Students use their creativity to craft their own versions of a possible
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:31

Leaders are Readers

The habit of reading is a necessary routine.

'Reading' suggested Terry Martin during a summit in Bloemfontein in 2015, '...is the singular thing that develops your brain capacity like nothing else does.' Terry is onto something with that statement as his assertion speaks to the benefit of such an important habit. While everyone, it is assumed, will agree that such benefits are to be desired by every person, the reality is that, generally speaking, reading is not a top priority for many - for far too many.

After more than a year-long collaboration with the World Bank Book Project, the 30 000 books donated by the World Bank Book Project are being distributed in the Durban area in South Africa.

Destined for more than 25 schools, most of the books are for Primary Schools. Several thousand books are also for Secondary School reference and textbook needs. The Margot Fonteyn Secondary Schoo from Klaarwater in the KwaZulu-Natal province is the distributing center for the books in collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide.

The books form part of the Academy's literacy improvement initiatives in South Africa.

Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:44

Three big awards for Innovation

Three projects from the 2014 Innovation in Education summit were presented with the ISTEEM awards. Innovative Solutions in Technology that Embraces and Enhances Meaning (ISTEEM) is the first of an annual award that will be made available for initiatives within Education and development in Southern Africa. The Awards totaled R15 000 and were sponsored by Learning Academy Worldwide, Beijing Royal School, Royal Haskoning DHV and Communications Management Support (Pty) Ltd.

Mr Terrence Martin hosted the event, on behalf of Learning Academy Worldwide with support from Mobile Support Leader, Desmond van Rensburg.

"It was absolutely worth it traveling down from Johannesburg to this event," Mr Martin explained. "It is clear that the gesture means a great deal to the recipients."

ABOVE - From left to right: Mr Riaan van der Walt and Mrs Marisa Venter receives their award from Dr Masinde. Middle Picture: Royal Haskoning DHV Education Foundation Director, Mrs Pauline Makama present Mr Moeti and Mr Chandos with their awards assisted by Mr Terrence Martin, furthest to the right. In the picture to the far right, Mr Desmond van Rensburg receives the award on behalf of the Kwavulindlebe Primary School's Sekuyasa Project.



Short Excerpts from the Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:25

Three Awards for Innovation in Education

Three projects from the 2014 Innovation in Education summit were presented with the ISTEEM awards. Innovative Solutions in Technology that Embraces and Enhances Meaning (ISTEEM) is the first of an annual award that will be made available for initiatives within Education and development in Southern Africa. The Awards totaled R15 000 and were sponsored by Learning Academy Worldwide, Beijing Royal School, Royal Haskoning DHV and Communications Management Support (Pty) Ltd.

Mr Terrence Martin hosted the event, on behalf of Learning Academy Worldwide with support from Mobile Support Leader, Desmond van Rensburg.

"It was absolutely worth it traveling down from Johannesburg to this event," Mr Martin explained. "It is clear that the gesture means a great deal to the recipients."

ABOVE - From left to right: Mr Riaan van der Walt and Mrs Marisa Venter receives their award from Dr Masinde. Middle Picture: Royal Haskoning DHV Education Foundation Director, Mrs Pauline Makama present Mr Moeti and Mr Chandos with their awards assisted by Mr Terrence Martin, furthest to the right. In the picture to the far right, Mr Desmond van Rensburg receives the award on behalf of the Kwavulindlebe Primary School's Sekuyasa Project.



Short Excerpts from the Awards Ceremony

Learning Academy Worldwide and the Education Foundation Royal Haskoning DHV availed mini-grants to 3 innovative projects in South Africa.

The grants form part of the 1st Innovative Solutions in Technology that Embraces and Enhances Meaning (ISTEEM) award in South Africa. Brilliance Extra Classes, Mobile Educational Games and The Sekuyasa Project were awarded a total of R15 000 to propel their innovative work in education.

The projects were presented at the Innovation in Education Summit Bloemfontein, South Africa in November 2014. The grants, funded by Communications Management Support (Pty) Ltd and Royal Haskoning DHV, will be presented on Friday 20th February in Bloemfontein.

Monday, 24 November 2014 09:16

Bloemfontein Conference

Curiosity and capacity collided at the Innovation in Education conference in Bloemfontein over the weekend of 7-9 November.

After three days in the City of Roses, participants at the conference expressed a real desire to propell the inspiring challenges, from a gauntlet to a voice. Ten national projects and 2 projects from the USA and CHINA respectively, presented at the conference.

Mr James Williams demonstrated the Learning Academy Worldwide tech-solution for pre-reading strategies at the Unesco Mobile Learning Week in Paris last month.

Part of the M-Ubuntu project in South Africa, the teacher-lead, off-the-grid solution will stream curriculum-related media-rich content to mobile devices.

Using recycled phones donated by Sprint, USA, refurbished routers and MacBooks, Mr Williams created a local internet that works within the parameters of the school where, especially rural schools with unreliable internet connection, can access curriculum-related content in a browser-based interface.

Several schools in South Africa will switched on their own internet at the beginning of the 2nd quarter of the country’s academic year.

A professional development program for young Mobitechs and Teachers will also be launched as part of the roll out starting in April, 2014

Teachers from both Ilanga Secondary School and Isizinda Secondary School in the KwaZulu Natal Province spent precious days of their Spring holiday in sharpening their skills for mobile learning initiatives at their respective schools

Friday, 10 May 2013 13:21

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