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    Why is technology important in South African schools?

    June 13th, 2012
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    Talking Stories in Lusikisiki

    November 15th, 2011

    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.


    Update on Talking Stories for isiXhosa Schools

    July 6th, 2011

    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!

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    Radical Learning goes camping

    March 27th, 2011

    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.


    Talking Stories for isiXhosa Schools

    March 25th, 2011

    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.

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    Stop and listen to one child

    December 23rd, 2010

    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.


    Term 4, Week 2

    October 10th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Learn to read this term’s key words. 

    Don’t forget to keep revising alphabet sounds for those children who haven’t yet mastered these.  Here’s a LOTTO GAME you can print out and play with your children.  Make enough copies for everyone to have their own sheet Then play in groups.  It’s a great way for little ones to practice matching and saying alphabet sounds.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “The beetle and the butterfly” continued.

    This week’s talking story is about two tiny animals.  See if you can name all the animals in this activity: Animal Names
    Drag the name onto the picture.  If you get it right, the name will turn green.

    The theme of our Talking Story this week is that we can all do something well.  Here is another Talking Story with the same theme:
    I Can Do That, Said Jack  Use it for whole class story time – with computer, data projector or interactive whiteboard.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: If you have an interactive whiteboard, then use the video below to reinforce alphabet sounds this week.  Your children will love to sing along!  This week you should also carefully work through this term’s new key words with your children.  Ensure they are learning to read them at home too!

     

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Lost!” continued.

    Here’s another interactive story about getting lost:
    THE LOST CYGNET
    And here’s some useful practical advice to share with your class:
    WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET LOST

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: This week you need to go through all of this term’s key words with your class.  Also, start making a weather chart, to tie in with your Talking Story.  You will find an excellent template in the printable activity that comes with the Talking Story.

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “Weather”. Continued.

    Here’s another great interactive weather story to enjoy.  It’s particularly good to use on an interactive whiteboard, where children can join in…. But it can be used on any other computer too:
    WEATHER STORY


    Term 4, Week 1

    October 6th, 2010

    The fourth term rushes by in a blur of assessments, report-writing and end-of-year events and parties.  But don’t forget we still have two months’ worth of wonderful Talking Stories and great learning activities. 

    This week, send home the key word assessments that you did with your children at the end of last term.  This keeps parents up to date with their children’s progress and shows them what revision is needed this term.

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Send home Grade 1, Term 4 letter. Send home key word assessment from the end of last term. Send home Level 1, List 3 key words for this term.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “The beetle and the butterfly”.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Send home Grade 2, Term 4 letter. Send home key word assessment from the end of last term. Send home Level 2, List 4 key words for this term. (2 pages)

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Lost!”.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Send home Grade 3, Term 4 letter. Send home key word assessment from the end of last term. Send home Level 3, List 3 key words for this term. (2 pages)

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “Weather”.


    Talking Stories at Education Week

    September 30th, 2010

     

    While many of you South African teachers are enjoying a well-earned break from school, the Radical Learning team is attending Education Week Expo in Johannesburg.  We’re enjoying conference presentations and workshops on a range of subjects, but particularly focusing on technology in education.  When we head back to Cape Town we will be enthused and inspired and full of great new ideas to share with you in training sessions!

    We have also had the opportunity to share the brilliance of Talking Stories with conference delegates, many of whom are grappling with the requirements of the new (CAPS) curriculum for next year.  First aditional language must be taught from Grade 1, and given almost as much time on the timetable as home language.  Many of you already know that Talking Stories is THE best material available for building a bridge from home language to first additional language.  We’re delighted at the warm response we have received from delegates here.  We were thrilled to have the opportunity for a 45 minute live discussion on national radio on Day 1.  Clearly South Africa is sitting up and taking note of the wonderful success of Talking Stories for primary school literacy teaching!


    Term 3, Week 11

    September 21st, 2010

     It’s the last week of term!

    Assessments should have been completed last week, and now it’s time to have some fun.  Let your children choose their favourite Talking Story this week.  They will enjoy revisiting a story they know and doing the activities confidently.

    Then treat yourselves and visit:

    The Amazing Adventure Series

    This is a wonderful, interactive site where your kids can have great learning fun.  Start with an adventure.  Click and drag the magnifying glass to choose a story or poem or cinema adventure.  The music, pictures and read-along sound support help to make this a very engaging story time for children.

    Have fun and enjoy the school holiday.  See you back here soon!