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Using cell phones in the classroom?

A SOUTH African education company has figured out a way to allow children to access electronic books (e-books) even when they do not have access to desktop computers.

 A University of SA survey of Gauteng high school pupils showing 75,4% access the internet via cellphones, suggests the ability to open a textbook using a device many pupils have, opens up great possibilities.

Star Schools, which provides extra tuition to 37 000 children nationally, and 22 000 by distance tuition, is to launch this technology nationally through its technology division, My Star, this month.

To read more go to the original article in Business Day on allAfrica.com by Clicking here!


SARUA Handbook 2009: a guide to public universities of Southern Africa published

The Southern African Regional Universities Association(SARUA) recently published Southern Africa’s first regional guide to its universities. The guide provides information about the institutions while also showing how historical trends over the last 50 years have influenced the development of higher education. 

The full text of the guide is available for free on SARUA’s site. Click Here!

Spady: OBE in SA: Time to End the Confusion

In an article published in the South African Journal for Science and Technology, Dr William Spady argues that OBE in South Africa has failed, and concludes: ‘South Africa should stop referring to OBE in any form. OBE never existed in 1997, and has only faded farther from the scene as C2005 was replaced by the Revised National Curriculum Statement. The real challenge facing educators is how to implement educational practices that are sound and make significant differences in the lives of ALL South African learners’.

The English version of the article can be read by  clicking here!

Spady: Dis genoeg: UGO in SA

Dr William (Bill) Spady, bekende op die gebied van Uitkomsgebasseerde Onderrig, lewer ‘n pleidooi in sy artikel wat in die nuutste nommer van die Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie verskyn het, dat die verwarring oor uitkomsgebaseerde onderwys (UGO), wat klaaglik in Suid-Afrika misluk het, beëindig moet word.

Vir die volteks van die artikel, kliek hier

NQF Bill, Higher Education Act Amendment Bill, FET Bill

February 2008

Full Text: doe-bill-nqf-fet-he-amendment-feb-2008.pdf

Teaching Reading In The Early Grades: A Teacher’s Manual

New Manual published by the DoE on their website 9 January 2008.

Full text: doe-teaching-reading-early-grades-2008.pdf 

Library Web Page’s URL is changing

Our Library Web Page’s URL is changing from http://www.ais.up.ac.za/edu/ to http://www.library.up.ac.za/edu/ in line with the changing of our department’s name from Academic Information Service to Department of Library Services