In a fast-paced digital world, the adoption of technology devices in African schools is at an all-time high.
With education being a key foundation for Africa’s development, progress has been made over the past decade and according to a recent report by Ambient Insight, Africa has the highest growth rates in e-learning in the world.
Despite the progress, there is still a need for careful consideration in the implementation of e-learning strategy in schools. Factors including; costs, internet access, connectivity, availability of locally developed content, online curricula and even training and professional development are some issues that need to be accounted for.
For South Africa, Gauteng’s Education MEC (Member of the Executive Council), Panyaza Lesufi has begun building a socially cohesive education system; introducing smart paperless classrooms to ensure that all learners and teachers have progressive access to innovative learning and teaching tools which will enable learners to meaningfully participate in the economies of the future.
The Department conducted a province wide ICT Audit to identify resources and interventions required in schools to support the use of ICT to attain effective teaching and learning. Based on these findings and the province’s e-learning strategy, the department plans to develop a fully costed business case to secure the necessary resources for successful rollout.
Unpacking this topic and giving in-depth insight is the Education Innovation Summit set to take place on 31 May 2018 at the Hilton, Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa. The summit will provide discussion topics about cutting-edge education technology challenges facing the industry today. Moreover, the summit will explore technology innovations that will enhance teaching and learning in academic institutions.
Key topics to be discussed:
- How assistive technology is changing special education.
- Overcoming barriers to tech adoption in education.
- Change management: administrators and educational technologies- narrowing the divide.
- Fostering creativity through introducing design thinking to the educational process.
- Practical challenges of digital learning: getting the balance right for future-thinking.
- Transforming education: the power of ICT policies.
- Navigating the road blocks to innovation in education.
- Transforming Education: The power of ICT Policies.
- Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education.
- Innovation in Education: what works, what doesn’t, and what to do about it?
- ICT Integration in Education – Incorporation for Teaching & Learning Improvement.
- Creating an e-learning strategy that works.
Speakers at this year’s event include:
- Riaan Van Der Bergh, Technology Manager Education Lead, FEDSAS
- Anele Davids, Director, Ict And Teacher Development, Sci-Bono, Discovery Centre
- Dr James Keevy, Ceo, Jet Education Services
- Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director, Think Ahead Education Solutions
- Michele Botha, Assessment Specialist: Primary Schools: Independent Examination Board (IEB)
- Prof Duan Vd Westhuizen, Professor: Learning Technologies, University of Johannesburg
- Tom Parry, Co-Founder and MD South Africa, Instill Education
- Wesley Lynch, founder and CEO, Snapplify
For more information regarding the summit, visit: http://www.educationinnovationsummit.co.za/
Sponsorships & Exhibitions: http://www.educationinnovationsummit.co.za/sponsor/
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