Off-the-grid solution showcased at UNESCO 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


Spirulina project in Cape Town schools combine microbiology with solving real problems

The Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology and Groenberg Secondary School will be hubs to a quartet of teachers and eight students from the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium in Tel-Aviv, ISRAEL, from 21 February - 1 March in the Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA. Grade 10 students from 4 other schools will convene to provide knowledge and skills that will enable schools to collaborate in solving the nutritional needs of young children. The practical approach in teaching microbiology to High School students will improve understanding of the ecology needed to grow Spirulina and will establish the basis for schools to replicate the process in other schools, the region and the country. Spirulina has been dubbed the “super food” because of its high content of protein (70%). Students at Herzliya have been growing the algae in plastic bottles - a process that forms part of their studies in microbiology. Several international organizations, including UNESCO and Rotary International, are seeing the potential of Spirulina to help fight malnutrition.