Education: South Africa
- Bela Bill: Support for harsh punishment of those who hinder teaching and learning Source: IOL Mpumalanga parents and educationalists who came out to voice their support and concerns around the Basic Education Laws Amendment (Bela) Bill were most interested in the new clause that promises to criminalise the unlawful and intentional interruption or hindrance of any school activity.The residents shared their views on the bill with the portfolio committee on basic education during the first of three public hearings on it in the province recently.
- Simple #ActsofGoodness can change the future of children in South Africa Source: Daily Maverick Maurice Maeterlinck was right when he said: ‘An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it.’ Our support to a primary school in Mamelodi, linking it with a private school in Pretoria, proved that people want to overcome social injustice.
- Images of trauma and hope – Covid-19 pandemic through young people’s eyes Source: Daily Maverick While Covid had a massive impact on children and young people, the story wasn’t necessarily being told through their voices, said Toby Fricker, chief of communication and partnerships for the United Nations Children’s Fund. Through a photography project, Unicef and Maverick Citizen have launched a photo book depicting the experiences of young people during the pandemic.
Language and Literacies
- Your brain on books Source: Reading Partners 'When you open a book, your brain lights up with activity. But what exactly is happening when you see a letter? What about a word? A sentence? We decided to find out. Here’s your brain on books.'
- 5 Ways to Engage Reluctant Readers Source: Tech & Learning A high school library media specialist at Canton City Schools offers some successful strategies that utilize both technology and good old-fashioned classroom management.
Open Education and Open Educational Resources
- Artificial intelligence, copyright infringement and protection – a legal quagmire? Source: Daily Maverick The rise of AI tools such as ChatGPT raises new and complex legal questions about copyright. As technology continues to advance, South Africa must ensure that it is adapting its legal frameworks to keep up with these changes. A bill currently being debated in Parliament offers a timely opportunity to update the law.
- Report calls for professional standards for TVET lecturers Source: University World NewsThe study titled Towards the Professionalisation of TVET lecturers, that was undertaken by JET Education Services, a non-governmental organisation which conducts research on the school and TVET sectors, delved into TVET colleges in Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Kenya, Malaysia, Moldova, South Korea and South Africa and assessed aspects including TVET status, quality of lecturers, professional autonomy, identity and accountability.
- Project is advancing HE network connectivity on continent Source: University World News The €27 million (about US$29 million) to support the AfricaConnect project, which in turn provides the internet infrastructure to drive initiatives such as the African Open Science Platform and support education and research institutions with affordable network infrastructure, is currently in its third phase and marked its 10th anniversary in 2021
- Do universities in the Sub-Sahara serve the public good? Source: University World News To what extent can higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa promote the public good? This was the theme that the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) chose for a special issue of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa. In their exploration of the public good role of universities, researchers touched on colonialism, commercialisation, elitism and corruption.
Skills and Employment
- Public-private collab to create coding skills pipeline Source: ITWeb Software developer training academy WeThinkCode and Ekurhuleni West TVET College (EWC) will pilot a coding skills programme for youth with no prior experience.
This, after the organisations entered into a public-private partnership aimed at creating a pipeline of in-demand technical skills.
Teaching and Learning- Local and Global
Technology Enhanced Learning
- Achieving online dialogic learning using breakout rooms Source: Association for Learning technology This study uses Laurillard’s (2013) Conversational Framework to evaluate the effectiveness of breakout rooms in achieving learning through peer-to-peer dialogue in large-scale teaching. Data were collected through online surveys, comprising Likert ratings and open questions, to undergraduate students (n = 115) and tutors (n = 9) at Aberdeen Business School (Robert Gordon University) reflecting on Year 1 studies in the 2020–2021 academic year.
- AI Strategy Guide for Schools Source: ChrosGoodAll A guide linked to the UK teaching standards, to support school leaders and staff in implementing and using AI in the classroom.
- Some Recent Developments in AI for Learning Source: LinkedIn A blog post by Stephen Downes who writes "While most media is paying attention to commercial AI solutions provided by the likes of Google, Amazon, Baidu, Meta and OpenAI, there is also a thriving open source AI scene that has been making some noise in the last few days."
- Digital learning is just learning Source: Wonkhe We can obsess about tools and technologies, but for Simon Thomson the critical questions are about how we design learning experiences to make best use of the opportunities we have