The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has called for greater investment in the training and mentorship of young men and women in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Dr. Zuma made this call while delivering her keynote address at the 4th...
South African schools and universities are struggling with the high costs of textbooks and other educational materials, a shortage of teachers in key subjects like maths and science, and difficulties in funding IT infrastructure. However, technology continues to offer some compelling answers to these challenges. Related: 2nd Healthcare Innovation Summit set...
We’ve entered an age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and while many people are still getting used to the idea of AI, education institutions have already started a rollout as part of the curriculum. For years, we’ve adapted to the traditional way of learning, but today the contemporary classroom has become more...
GirlCode has announced that its inaugural hackathon will be taking place - this time as a virtual event held in August to coincide with the Women’s Month celebration. The organisation says that COVID-19 has presented a unique opportunity to provide innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide, hence the...
Technology is a tool. And like any tool, it can be used successfully or abused. In 1996, the late Steve Jobs was being interviewed for Wired magazine and was questioned on his views on the potential for technology to transform education. His reply was a sobering one, particularly for the...
Nedbank has announced that it is partnering with global educational institution Shaw Academy to offer free online interactive courses to its customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. With 1 million job losses predicted as a result of the current economic crisis, Nedbank hopes this move will see hundreds of customers given...
Education technology can boost learner performance but there’s plenty of debate about how soon it should be used and then… how much. In his recent budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reaffirmed the government’s commitment to improving education – stating that R320.5 billion will be allocated to education for the...
Internships provide a vital link between academic learning and professional employment, and with strategic partnerships, these internships can be effective for business and the youth. With this in mind, e4 partnered with the EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and the National Skills Fund (NSF) Project and Internship Program to...
How is your spelling? Or rather, how is your spelling when you are lying on your back remote-navigating a virtual paper aeroplane? This integration of the motor senses with learning is one example of technology challenging traditionally accepted teaching methods. Another is a virtual chemistry lab table, where children...
itSM Solutions, a development training organization, has announced its partnership with eLearnAfrica, to provide more than 1,400 professional and vocational classes in close to 175 specialized areas through the eLearnAfrica platform. eLearnAfrica is a web portal and mobile application built to assist Africans search for and access the best online...
Prof Ben Shneiderman, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland and a world leader in the visualisation of big data sets, was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, during its Spring graduation ceremony. Prof Shneiderman...
Gammatek, a distributor of technology accessories, has announced the introduction of Pai Technology educational games for children in South Africa. The company will add Pai Technology’s TJ’s Math Adventure, Stem Lab-Little Engineer, Ocean Pets and Cube Tastic to its offering for young people. “These educational games are designed to stimulate...
Mastercard in collaboration with Digitata Insights, recently launched a gamification campaign to educate South Africans on the benefits of making safe, secure and fast payments with Masterpass, the global digital payment service from Mastercard. The interactive game - “The Masterpass Race” - showed South African consumers the benefits of Masterpass...
Technology has affected our lives in almost every way. One of the most important revolutionary changes technology has made is with education. Classrooms now have smartboards, students have tablets accessible as learning tools, and technology today makes distance learning and acquiring a degree easier than ever. Universities like NC IUL...
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has announced the launch of a one-year intensive African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) in partnership with Facebook and Google. The master’s will begin this September at the AIMS-Rwanda campus in Kigali. “Machine Intelligence (MI) is revolutionizing critical aspects of our lives. It...
Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) has launched its seventh consecutive skills trends survey in the South African information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The survey is part of the JCSE’s continuous effort to create a meaningful representation of South Africa’s ICT skills landscape and provide an...
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