[Case Study] Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (Casme)

Casme  works primarily with teachers to build their capacity, skills and competence in subject content knowledge, pedagogical skills and the use of research-based strategies. Part of their work includes the integration of technology in teaching. The project not only focuses on Mathematics, Science and English teacher development and support but also includes components that address curriculum management, tertiary access and e-learning. 

Bad education: It starts with how we train teachers

One of the best safeguards to ensuring a fair education system is making sure that all teachers have a similar level of capability. In a good system, a child in a rural poorer community and a child in a wealthier urban suburb should have an equally good teacher standing in front of them every day. But, when we look at the data on how teachers are trained in South Africa, it is clear that our system still sets teachers up for failure long before they even enter the classroom – and in the process further disadvantages the children they teach. 

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Digital library for Maths and Science high schoolers

Siyafunda digital library created by Zakheni Ngubo challenges three gaps that he has identified in the South African school system; language barriers‚ patchy academic support and teachers lacking in confidence.
The organisation is a learning and data management platform that provides access to local Maths, Science, Entrepreneurship, Financial literacy and digital skills through mobile technology. It integrates teaching through video, audio and e-books using a wireless digital library for high school students for a South African curriculum.

Read more here: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-05-22-digital-library-a-treasure-chest-for-pupils/

Information and communication technology (ICT) in education

"In some contexts, ICT has also become integral to the teaching-learning interaction, through such approaches as replacing chalkboards with interactive digital whiteboards, using students’ own smartphones or other devices for learning during class time, and the “flipped classroom” model where students watch lectures at home on the computer and use classroom time for more interactive exercises."

Read the full brief on the Learning Portal

Managing ICTs in South African Schools A Guide for School Principals

"The purpose of this guide is to give principals and senior school management information on using and managing ICT resources so that they can provide leadership in their schools. The guide also considers some implications of the use of the computer and related resources for teaching and learning. The authors hope that it will also be a valuable resource for other senior members of the school staff, and for School Governing Bodies."

Read the guide on education.gov.za

SA needs 'urgent' digital teacher training

'South Africa needs to urgently increase the rate of teacher training for digital education programmes if e-learning is to succeed, says an industry insider.

“At a national level, only 26% of teachers have basic ICT skills and only 7% have intermediate skills in using ICTs for teaching and learning, according to the department of basic education,” Micheal Goodman, group content manager at Via Afrika told Fin24."'

Read more in the article on Fin24.com

South African teachers fail simple maths and English tests

A study by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation revealed that when given simple maths and English tests:

  • 5 of 22 primary school teachers were able to identify the main idea in a simple paragraph.
  • 6 of 22 were able to do a simple calculation in maths.
  • Teachers scored as low as 10% for English first additional language and 5% for maths.

“At least 18% of teachers were not in class during the days when schools were visited by two researchers,” stated the report. Education expert Jaco Deacon said the problem was due to poor leadership at schools.

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Teacher training in ICT integration

Microsoft Partners in Learning is a 10-year, almost 500 million dollar, global initiative aimed at improving teaching and learning. In South Africa, they have trained over 31 000 teachers and school leaders on ICT integration to enhance teaching and learning, having an impact on nearly 4 million learners.

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The mobile education training programme is addressing SA’s shortage of ICT skills

"Exposure to ICT for all pupils is essential and there is an urgent need for skills training in it throughout the education sector. To address this, the Vodacom Foundation, in partnership with the department of basic education, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel and Mindset, established the mobile education training programme to expose pupils to ICT and empower teachers to use it effectively in the classroom."

Read more on mg.co.za

Vodacom Tries for Books campaign

"The programme is an educational content application, which is freely available on tablets at the 81 Vodacom ICT resource centres that are situated across the country. The e-library has been uploaded with e-books made available by publishing partners including Via Afrika, Oxford University Press, Shuter & Shooter and FunDza. Internet connectivity and access to the e-libraries is free."

Read more on vodacom.co.za