Kwavulindlebe Primary School is now the first school in the country that has 100% Mobile Phone saturation after the generous donation of the Mobile devices for learning at the school for deaf in Chatsworth, DURBAN.

It is also the first school where teachers are being trained to develop customized content for learning using MacBooks donated by Learning Academy Worldwide's partner in Europe, the American Overseas School of Rome. During the first training session earlier in March, teachers immediately created a demonstration to show the possibilities for teaching in sign language.

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The presentation of innovative projects within mobile learning, deaf education, game-based learning, youth workforce development and more challenged the status quo of education in South Africa.

Durban University of Technology reported on the value of M-Ubuntu to their own Community Engagement Program

Teachers from Kwavulindlebe Primary School, together with Director of Deaf Education, Mrs Odette Swift and Learning Academy Worldwide intern, Ms Louise Österberg were excited about teaching each other in the use of Mobile Devices for learning within Deaf Education.

This collaborative took place in April this year and was followed up with a more intensive program earlier this month.

The young Louise Österberg from Sweden just returned home after giving her time to others who need it most in South Africa.

Following into the footsteps of her older sister who also served wih Learning Academy Worldwide, Louise gave to children and young people care, attention, patience and a willingness to help wherever it was needed.



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Every September, South Africa celebrates Heritage Day and while, for most folks, it presents another holiday and a day away from drudgery, teachers at Ilanga Secondary School in Durban, joined by their counterparts of Isizinda Secondary School, gathered to ponder with the Learning Academy Worldwide team on the innovation needed for their schools.

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You either perish or adapt if you are going to make a real difference in the learning space in South Africa today. We are here because we want to make a difference.

School Principal, Mr Hlakanyana

 

Over the 3-day conference, from 23-25 September, teachers were introduced to the case for Mobile Learning, its value for learner-centered and teacher-directed learning while at the same time experimenting with the devices by creating their own projects. Learning Academy Worldwide Founder, Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter, demonstrated the use of media-rich and varied content on the themes emerging from a comparison of the South African sculptor, Lucas Sithole and the Chinese legendary sculptor, Dr Liu Zhengde.

 

Viewing Completed Video Projects
Enjoying Showcased Projectes
Blending the Tools for Learning
Principal Leading by Example
Affirming Partnerships of Learning
Affirming Participants' Contributions
Collaborations in Small Teams
Showcasing the Projects of Teachers
Harness Tech Expertise for Learning
Ilanga Secondary shines on Hill
Teachers Evalute their Own Projects

Viewing Completed Video Projects

Enjoying Showcased Projectes

Blending the Tools for Learning

Principal Leading by Example

Affirming Partnerships of Learning

Affirming Participants' Contributions

Collaborations in Small Teams

Showcasing the Projects of Teachers

Harness Tech Expertise for Learning

Ilanga Secondary shines on Hill

Teachers Evalute their Own Projects


“Look,” declared school principal, Mr Hlakanyana, “you either perish or adapt if you are going to make a real difference in the learning space in South Africa today. We are here because we want to make a difference.” The conference, jointly sponsored by the Beijing Royal School in China and Ukhozi FM (the almost 8 million/day listener isiZulu Radio Station) is a second phase of Mobile Learning at Ilanga Secondary School.

Later in 2013, Ilanga Secondary School will interact with the Beijing Royal School in order to establish a partnership. Beijing Royal School founder, Mr Guangfa Wang, will visit Ilanga Secondary School in November.

What content did Teachers use at the conference? Teachers acquired an overview of the lives of the South African sculptor, Lucas Sithole and the Chinese legendary sculptor, Dr Liu Zhengde. Snippets of Sithole's life were introduced through the reading of handwritten letters he wrote concerning himself and his work. Dr Liu's daughter, who lives in Washington DC, Dr Liu Zhongchi provided images and descriptions of her father's work.

How was the content introduced to the teachers? Another stunner. Sithole's letters and the images of Dr Liu's sculptures were displayed on a large screen using a data projector. Teachers responded to questions based on the letters and sculptures.

Where can one access the content that was used? Dr Liu's daughter graciously compiled a PowerPoint presentation for us to use. As for Lucas Sithole's letters, The Haenggi Foundation created a website on his life and work.The PowerPoint presentation on Dr Liu's work, on the other hand, is embedded here.



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