With education in the 21st Century becoming decidedly digital, software companies are jumping onto the bandwagon by developing products that they hope will be snapped up by the educational channel, thereby increasing their sales revenue. And apparently there is much money to be made from educational software. Recently revealed statistics from the US demonstrate that this industry is indeed booming and enjoying steady growth.
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It’s been a year and a bit since my personal, critical take on open source software solutions in the South African education system. Naturally, I was lambasted by the open source evangelists, and applauded by those who are vehemently opposed to Moodle – no surprise there. However, what become very apparent was that most critics of my opinion didn’t or couldn’t read my article well enough to understand what I am (still) looking for: a success story of an open source solution being used to the real benefit of learners and teachers in South Africa.
Schools, classes and individuals are once again invited to compete in another exciting and educational SA Maths Challenge due to take place on the 26 to 27 September. The challenge, which is free to all learners from Grade R right through to grade 12, enables anybody to take part in real time maths challenges powered […]
“High School Maths is important because it is the most widely used subject in the world. Doing maths helps the mind to reason and organise complicated situations or problems into clear, simple, and logical steps. High paying jobs often demand someone who can take complicated situations and simplify them to the level that everyone can […]
By Anna Malczyk As younger generations become increasingly comfortable with technology, teachers are challenged to integrate these familiar mediums into their lesson plans to engage school learners and keep their attention and interest. Here are some creative approaches to using technology in the classroom and bridging this gap. Xbox Kinect helps teach English In an […]
Article by Arthur Preston I recently called a major software distributor to ask for site licences for our school. As an independent school we do not qualify for the same discount granted to state schools (another topic for another time!) and so I wanted to know what costs we would incur to license seven computers […]
There’s nothing like working really hard with a group of learners, only to have one of them submit an essay that is, to put it mildly, not their own original work. Fortunately, many tools exist that detect plagiarism in work. Here are some recommended applications: WCopyFind (free) PlagiarismDetect.Com (paid) – I’ve personally used this tool […]
A critical and generalised look at why open source software solutions fail at most South African schools and why you should rather invest in proprietary software.