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Model of integrity as Cop wins case for disobeying orders - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za

Model of integrity as Cop wins case for disobeying orders - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
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Good things happen. We do not always hear about them, but they do happen. The outcome of Ms Nkomo's story is such.


It clearly demonstrates that, although integrity is challenged from a surprising (or not so surprising for the cynics) and powerful source, justice does prevail.

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WhatsApp, Skype, Hangout...face possible regulation in SA

WhatsApp, Skype, Hangout...face possible regulation in SA | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
Over-the-top internet services, such as WhatsApp, could be regulated in South Africa depending on the outcome of planned Parliament hearings this month.
Theophilus's insight:

If I was a preacher at the First Church of the Technologians and needed to illustrate the main idea that opposition to innovative communications solutions reveals the greed of mobile service providers, then this story would fit perfectly.


It does not matter whether the consumer is benefitting from the inexpensive nature of the communications solution, if it starts denting the income of the likes of MTN and VODACOM, as this article shows, it will be opposed and they will insist that the service be regulated.


It was quite amusing to me last year (the story is not new) when MTN's CEO suggested that it was unfair that WhatsApp should benefit from the infrastructure that MTN built.


Well, if you are in Disaneng or in Vaalwater or Kalkgat you will be hard-pressed to find this infrastructure that is supposed to be there.


Furthermore, way back in 1997, major battles were won for the MTNs and Vodacoms against Telkom's attempt to be the exclusive information service provider in this country. The brave who fought did it because they believed that "The people in this country are entitled to equitable, affordable quality and universal service in respect of information" - whether they lived in Kakamas or Kingsmead.


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Young innovators shine during pitch sessions

Young innovators shine during pitch sessions | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
Botswana saw an array of upcoming tech wizards selling their ideas during the Vendors’ Day pitch sessions this week.
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We are all in need of "adoring crowd(s) of scientists, technicians and policy-makers" and, of course, investors to respond to innovative solutions for problems within life and learning.

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Why a Wisehub Pillar is a Business Tower

Why a Wisehub Pillar is a Business Tower | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
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Some things just do not change and when the newly appointed chief executive of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) was asked to comment on the relationship between Government and Business, he hinted at that unchangeable element: TRUST.


"A lot of stuff", he alluded, "is caused by fear and lack of trust".


In the mid-90s Joel Kotkin, in his insightful book, TRIBES, suggested that trust relationships is one of the important keys to the success of any organization in the 21st century. Of course, this is not original with Kotkin and the new CEO of SACCI, Mr Alan Mukoki.


The Wisehub summit, scheduled for October this year in Bloemfontein, South Africa, will showcase a model for momentum in education that is not only milestones-oriented, project-based and collaborative in nature, but also one that is relational in trust-building.

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Money, Special Needs and the Art of Sniping

Money, Special Needs and the Art of Sniping | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
A collaborative space for lifelong learning
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It was an absolute honour to be in the same space as these men and women -  serious about life and learning. Memorable moments in Cape Town, South Africa turned a cold winter chill into the warmth of  hope for every young child who crosses the thresholds of our schools every day.

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Content Production for Learning in the Hands of each Teacher

Content Production for Learning in the Hands of each Teacher | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
A collaborative space for lifelong learning
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A commendable example of commitment to learning as young Engineers who teach Saturday classes to Matriculants (Grade 12s) in Bloemfontein in South Africa give of their time to source innovative ideas to improve student performance outcomes. 

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Evidence that events for amusement trumps access to justice for the poor.

Evidence that events for amusement trumps access to justice for the poor. | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it

The clash for access to justice in Cape Town will be won by those who have the cash and those of us who feed the frenzy of amusement and entertainment.

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We will always have the poor with us, yet we've still not come to our sense when deciding who to really care for. Amusement still trumps justice for the poor in a world gone mad with winners from a very disturbing source.

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My Hands My Home

My Hands My Home | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it

During the March 2015 teacher professional development program in South Africa, Learning Academy Worldwide handed over MacBooks and Phones to Kwavulindlebe Primary School in Durban. Teachers tested the possibilities for creating their own content using the MacBooks' creative tools. Kwavulindlebe Primary School caters exclusively for the learning and development needs of hearing-impaired and deaf students.

Theophilus's insight:

These teachers are my heroes. It was an honour to meet with them and see their excitement about finding meaningful solutions. See here

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eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [Infographic]

eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [Infographic] | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
Fantastic infographic with eLearning Trends to you should follow in year 2015.
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If these trends are accurately or reliably describing the trends within eLearning, it will pose a very big challenge to teachers in formal and informal learning environments. Attitudes to change and management of the people in the vortex of change will both be tested yet again.


That is why I wonder: What would an infographic look like if the focus was on eTeaching Trends to Follow in 2015?

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Not all Undergraduate Spots in SA Universities are Created Equal

Not all Undergraduate Spots in SA Universities are Created Equal | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
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That 90 000 prospective students jostle for 8400 undergrad spots in the KZN province in South Africa represents one powerful reason why entrepreneurship for innovative educational solutions could unlock the potential for many of our young people.

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Could this award-winning literacy model be a LEAN startup idea for South Africa?

Could this award-winning literacy model be a LEAN startup idea for South Africa? | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
Kimberly educators developed a new way to meet student needs using LEAN principles.
Theophilus's insight:

These iBlock periods could be part of the powerful and drastic measures needed to remedy the ailments in education in South Africa and young people could be key - like the the MOBISERVE use of recess in a Bloemfontein High School.

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Just another number in the scramble for cash in South Africa - connectivity still a pain

Just another number in the scramble for cash in South Africa - connectivity still a pain | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it

"(Vodacom)... reportedly confirmed on Wednesday that some of its 32.5 million local and 27m international subscribers' personal details were supplied to other businesses."

Theophilus's insight:

The numbers are staggering. It is incredible that, despite the amount of cash that people pump into Vodacom, we are still not able to get a simple Khan Academy Math video downloaded in much of rural South Africa - we are mere numbers that can be sold. 

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Public prefers bandwidth for entertainment over bandwidth for education

Public prefers bandwidth for entertainment over bandwidth for education | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
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Theophilus's insight:

While this story highlights the punishable and illegal choices the public makes, it provides a complicated basis for why people should modify their behaviour.


Solidarity to a moral standards is not high on the public's priority list - amusement is. Passively soaking up the pleasures of entertainment trumps intellectual spadework and scoffs at intellectual property.


In the meantime, our kids cannot find decent bandwidth to download a Khan Academy video or hone their skills on an interactive engineering and science internet portal - the adults in their world spend time and money on consuming for entertainment instead of committing to education.


Why?

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Community- and school-based Spirulina projects could dent the devastation of hunger in South Africa.

Community- and school-based Spirulina projects could dent the devastation of hunger in South Africa. | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it

"It’s dark and cold in the tiny, cramped house the Tshwedi siblings share with their mentally-ill uncle in Kagiso. And there is hardly ever any food to eat."

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The scandal of this reality is drenched in a decaying moral responsibility, sheer lack of political and economic will, flaunting greed, waning solidarity and ineffectual charity projects. None of these are uniquely South African diseases and I will be the last to devalue the importance of being a good samaritan. Yet, I favour solutions that maximizes the resources we plough into education through problem- and project based learning strategies.


An example of such a project was picked up by the media earlier this year when "Schools (joined) forces"

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Impact of Drought on Learning

Impact of Drought on Learning | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
  The current drought, viewed by some as the worst in 80 years, will most certainly impact learning in beloved South Africa. While most of the discussion focuses on the impact on the economy, too little is said about the devastation that this unnerving reality will bring to, especially, the country's rural communities of school-going children…
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Chapter 2

Chapter 2 | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
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So now and then a South African business comes alongside us to make a difference in South African education.


Guided by the persuasion of its leader, Euclid Jacobs' ProStaff and Labour do more than 'come alongside' us. They share their resources and expertise to give each child a fair chance to read. Euclid.


We encourage you to support and share his ministry and inspiring gift.


http://learningacademyworldwide.org/index.php/donor-update (Euclid's company gives to book project)



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Inspiring Voices - The New Experts

Inspiring Voices - The New Experts | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
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There is a real case to be made in South Africa this year to champion a journey for a voice that redefines the notion of "expert" - this conference will set the pace.

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Video of LeadSA heroes gives clues to real transformation in education

Video of LeadSA heroes gives clues to real transformation in education | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it

Ten-year old South African, Sheldon Spear is achieving more for his peers than most of our literacy programs today. There is a clue here, for all of us, as to what it takes to make a big difference - using small opportunities to read to each other paints a picture of hope for our young minds.

Theophilus's insight:

Ten-year old South African, Sheldon Spear is achieving more for his peers than most of our literacy programs today. There is a clue here, for all of us, as to what it takes to make a big difference - using small opportunities to read to each other paints a picture of hope for our young minds.

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'Underground' initiative makes dreams for reading come true

'Underground' initiative makes dreams for reading come true | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
After months of operating from a tiny room, the Randfontein local municipality has finally approved a piece of land for the Underground Library.
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This story is an emerging case study of what it takes to truly build a community. There will be no surprises if Mohlakeng will be the place on everyone's lips when South Africa's future leaders are traced back to this town, this time.

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View online: Book a flight for just R1 with the Mango Windows 8.1 application

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Not a bad deal - for the Windows addicts.

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Planning for Thandi's future - Diagnostic Report - National Planning Commission (NPC) - YouTube

Thandi's chances in life growing up as a woman in South Africa shows why the National Planning Commission is needed. http://bit.ly/npconline
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Definitely worth reflecting over again - Trevor Manuel's succinct explanation makes a valid and powerful case that a movement for  change trumps isolated initiatives.

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New ‘paperless’ education system launches

New ‘paperless’ education system launches | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
Dignitaries have filed into a large marquee at a school in Tembisa, Johannesburg, for the launch of the Smart Schools paperless education project in Gauteng, also known as 'The Big Switch On'.
Theophilus's insight:

These bold decisions in South Africa shows political will, and it is encouraging. Yet, and although I am a huge supporter of innovative solutions in education, I am very concerned about three big matters: a) Impaired Teacher professional development initiatives and b) Teacher atrophy (we replace just over 1 new teacher for every 10 we loose) and c) Unreliable Broadband Connection (still in the hands of unscrupulous mobile service providers with fragmented service in the very rural areas where the tablets for these students will be deployed)

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News

News | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
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What strikes me as significant in this story is the "influence by a book called Colour Blind Faith" that is cited as the origin of this incredibly powerful demonstration by these young people.


Biographical sketches, like the book referred to, are powerful tools in the hands of young people who, collaboratively respond to an understanding from two key factors in the story: a) Observe the world around you and b) Read and Respond to inspiring stories.

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Useful insights for South Africa from extensive research on early reading and counting skills

Useful insights for South Africa from extensive research on early reading and counting skills | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
Early reading and counting skills are slowly improving in children starting their education at public schools in WA, results from pre-primary entry tests have revealed.
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No one disputes that "more support" is needed for learners who speak English as a second language when they enter an English-medium  formal learning environment. Where more needs to be done is in the area that Peter Titmanis identifies in this article when he points out that "Parents and families should never underestimate the important role they have to play as their children's first teachers, right from the time children are born,"

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Young Innovators are the cornerstones of ideas for startups in South Africa

Young Innovators are the cornerstones of ideas for startups in South Africa | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
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Although it is rather close to that dreaded First World Problem, I just love young Thami's line, "I would encourage more children to take part because science and innovation can lead to solving everyday problems."

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What happened to boldness in the face of obstacles?

What happened to boldness in the face of obstacles? | Technology, Education, Learning and Life in Southern Africa | Scoop.it
hard-working, dedicated and committed
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While it is likely that more suggestions were made on how to fix the South African education system at the recent South African Principals' Association gathering, the media's focus on challenges from Habib, Van Rhyn and Chetty omitted society's general acceptance of mediocrity.


The call for  "hard-working, dedicated...committed, honest,fair,  transparent" and exemplary leadership should be balanced with an equally bold challenge at unions, interest groups and parents who do not consistently encourage boldness in the face of obstacles.


It's become rather predictable how people respond to the South African education crisis. This response is nothing new. Boldness in the face of obstacles is still unpopular.

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