Education to read and write


Technology is fueling change, but human relationships are at the heart of progress

At last month’s EdTechTeam South Africa Summit, it sometimes felt like I was witnessing magic. In a dazzling two-day whirlwind, we explored augmented reality, flipped classrooms, automagical differentiation, gamification, digital storytelling and more apps than I could count. The summit, which featured presenters from Google for Education, was all about what’s possible – and opportunities for […]

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Posted on 5 Aug 2014

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Wordworks engaging parents and communities to support early language and literacy: Free resources

Wordworks, in Cape Town, was established in 2005 to help parents to support early learning in preschool children. Today, Wordworks trains volunteer tutors to work with children on a weekly basis at schools and at local libraries, to help them to read and write; facilitators to work with parents and caregivers, usually at a preschool […]

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Posted on 28 Mar 2014

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National call for the development of a Charter Of Children’s Literacy Rights

This International Literacy Day, the Nal’ibali reading for enjoyment campaign, is calling on everyone in South Africa – children, moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, librarians, teachers, fellow literacy organisations, reading clubs and communities – to help shape a Charter of Children’s Literacy Rights to honour and guide our children’s right to literacy. A love of stories […]

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Posted on 4 Sep 2013

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Learning from experience – Building a Monitoring and Evaluation system for FunDza

The FunDza Literacy Trust aims to improve reading for pleasure and access to interesting books for “book poor” teens and young adults from poor communities.  In early 2013, FunDza commissioned a literature review to investigate the current practice of measurement and evaluation in the fields of literacy and mobile learning to inform aspects of their […]

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Posted on 31 May 2013

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How can teachers be assisted to use learner results to inform effective teaching?

Significant improvements in learning can take place when teachers and learners are able to obtain and use information to help them establish where learners are in their learning.  JET carried out a pilot project to determine whether teachers could analyse and use common task assessment data, leading them to adapt their teaching strategies to improve […]

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Posted on 31 May 2013

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