Take a look at these pictures of our recent visit to Lusikisiki District in the Eastern Cape – showing rural multigrade schools how to use the Talking Stories software.
The software for Talking Stories has been installed in most schools in the Western Cape and 2nd, 3rd and 4th visits involving training and technical support are well underway. Visit 2 consists of demo lessons for Grades 1-3 Foundation Phase educators in the lab, with classes of 20 learners per grade. This is followed by a combined training session for all Foundation Phase educators after school. Visit 3 involves technical support including follow-up on any previous problems, the fixing of minor technical issues, and CeI fault reporting on major technical issues.
Reports on schools that have received visit 2 (training), and 3 (technical), and 4 (check-up) are published below. The “notes” page will be of particular interest to district co-ordinators and facilitators.
“SchoolVisit2.3.4″ in the file extension indicates that visits 2, 3 and 4 have taken place. Reports are updated and uploaded on completion of each school visit, so watch this space!
This coming weekend (1 to 3 April) all the Radical Learning staff and their families will be heading up into the Cederberg mountains for a weekend of rest and relaxation. Beaverlac campsite is exquisitely beautiful, with the Ratel and Olifants rivers cutting through stunning rock formations, creating deep pools and waterfalls.
We’ll pitch our tents amongst the trees and enjoy braai-ing and chatting late into the night, looking up at the stars that are so much brighter and closer here! During the day we’ll walk and swim and snooze and eat ice creams from the excellent farm shop.Click here to find out more information about Beaverlac.
For all those joining us, click here for directions.
We will meet you up there on Friday evening, with fires and food supplied. Please bring your own breakfasts and lunches. We’re thinking of doing potjies on Saturday evening… if we have enough pots between us. So bring what you can and we will supply the evening meal. If you are one of those super-duper potjie people, then please make yourself known, and send a shopping list for groceries!
Don’t forget your swimming costumes and walking shoes… or alternatively your comfy armchair and a good book.
At the beginning of this year the Western Cape Education Department ordered the Talking Stories software and a range of reading books, for all isiXhosa schools in the province. I am happy to report that all the books and other classroom resources (alphabet charts, word cards, sentence strips, big books) have been delivered to every school.
We have installed the software in computer labs at most of the schools, conducted training sessions and provided technical support. If you would like to check the status of individual schools, please click on the school reports listed below. Those with the word “edited” at the end have had the software installed and received the first session of training and technical support. These reports will be very informative to district coordinators and facilitators. The “Notes” page is particularly useful in tracking technical problems at each school.
SchoolVisit1_562_W F Loots_edited
SchoolVisit1_564_P J B Cona_edited
SchoolVisit1_567_Van Cutsem Combined
SchoolVisit1_568_Avian Park Primary_edited
SchoolVisit1_570_Ashton Public Comb
SchoolVisit1_575_T M Ndanda
SchoolVisit1_584_H M Dlikidla
SchoolVisit1_639_ACJ Phakade Phakade_edited
SchoolVisit1_654_Hindle Road West
SchoolVisit1_658_Leiden Avenue Primary_edited
SchoolVisit1_694_Weltevreden Valley Core_edited
SchoolVisit1_700_Umyezo Wama Apile
This year has started with a bang! Talking Stories has been ordered by 157 schools in the Western Cape and 100 schools in the Eastern Cape.
Have a look at all the action when the first consignment of books, software and other resources arrived at the Radical Learning office in Cape Town today:
This video shows Severn Suzuki speaking at the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Jabeiro, at the age of 12. It was a powerful speech! Sadly, this speech was delivered in 1992 – eighteen years ago. Clearly the world leaders did not heed her powerful message.
If we interviewed the children of South Africa, I wonder what they would want to say to the adults of our nation? As teachers we are in a unique position to hear what our children have to say. Let’s all resolve to take a little time between the telling and teaching, to stop and listen. We can learn important lessons from children too.
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Reading and Fun Activities
If your children have access to the internet at home or school, they might like to try some of these literacy activities: