Seeing is believing: A wonderful collection of YouTube video stories for young learners!

Reading Matters, a leading distributor, and supplier of educational books and resources in South Africa, is pleased to announce the addition of a wonderful collection of YouTube video stories for young learners, on their website! Established in 1997, Reading Matters has worked tirelessly at promoting language and literacy in South Africa alongside READ Educational Trust, a non-profit literacy organisation. The website, www.readingmatters.co.za, is filled with educational resources for parents, learners,...

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South Africa’s reading crisis – time for a digital and playful solution?

There is a solution to the Foundation Phase reading crisis that the education system in South Africa currently faces. The early introduction and integration of digital tools in the classroom can and has proven to improve literacy levels amongst children, a SchoolNet South Africa (SNSA) study has found. The country’s reading crisis has once again come into the spotlight through the latest findings of the Progress In International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). It has revealed that many of country’s...

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Great, free 10 minute, online, spelling initiative in South Africa on Friday 27th October for primary and secondary learners – consider taking part…

Here is a message from Anthony Peters from Parklands College about an exciting free spelling initiative that takes place online on Friday 27th October 2017.  It sounds great! “Hi all I’m helping to spread an exciting initiative around South Africa and it has the ambitious aim of improving English literacy competence of individuals not just within South Africa but across the whole African continent! Spelling competitions are a big focus at the moment and there are four a year, one in each...

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10 places to find reading and writing resources for primary school learners – part 1

Submitted by Fiona Beal One of my passions is developing reading and writing in kids. Nowadays the web is full of the most amazing sites – is it any wonder that some of us feel that free internet should be a basic human right!  Today I came across some amazing new sites and thought they would be great to share in a blog post. I have written two previous posts about reading resources for primary school learners so would like to add the links to those in case you are interested in looking them up: ...

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Schoolnet completes a study on the use of Xbox Kinect to improve literacy scores – interesting findings…

This report is given by Janet Thomson the Executive Director of SchoolNetSA in South Africa. The study used Microsoft Xbox Kinect gaming in a primary school in deep rural KwaZulu-Natal to investigate its effect on second language English Literacy. The results are extremely positive.    Findings of evaluation study released – ‘Using gaming to improve second language English Literacy’ Research findings have just been released from a year-long study conducted by Mindset Lear...

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Please visit e-classroom.co.za – a wonderful South African resource site for R-3 teachers

Do take a look at our wonderful ‘proudly South-African” site, http://e-classroom.co.za,  that provides a delightful array of FREE beautifully created worksheets for our South African teachers. This site, e-Classroom,  has reached over 500 000 hits and is the number one “e-classroom” website on Google! e-Classroom is a portal which provides free support resource material for educators and parents and is aimed at learners in Grades R-3. Their content is very much in line with 21st cent...

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12 more places to find reading material for Foundation Phase learners

The Internet is a goldmine for reading materials. Earlier this week I wrote a post highlighting 12 websites that provide great reading material for young learners. (https://www.schoolnet.org.za/2012/01/bring-technology-into-your-foundation.html). These sites could be very useful to link to with the new CAPS curriculum being implemented in South Africa for Grades 1 – 3 this year since there is a big emphasis on reading.  In this post I list ANOTHER 12 sites that can be used to encourage read...

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Poetry sites that will get words flowing!

Submitted by Fiona Beal One of the things I love doing with a class is writing poetry. The students come up with the most interesting ideas and words. Playing with words always gives me a thrill. There are so many free interactive sites available that can make the teacher’s task even easier, and the learners experience more memorable.    1. ETTC (Educational Technology Training Centre) – Instant Poetry Forms http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/newpoem.htm This is a really great poetry sit...

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Website review – The Teaching Library

Today I would like to point you to a fascinating reading website: http://www.teachinglibrary.co.uk/. This is a site where teachers can find books to read to their class as well as some free lesson ideas on the books listed on the site. Each book has a list of activities spanning a few subjects. I came across this site through Technology Tidbits. This post is actually going to be taken verbatim out of the teaching library website so that you can see its potential. It is taken from the page: http://ww...

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