Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Teachers’ strike: Matric exam prep only affected if teachers were behind before strike

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Independent education expert Alexandra Pinnock says teachers that have returned to the classroom now have the opportunity to demonstrate that they deserve the salaries they are demanding. “The strike has caused so much disruption to our education system and has left many of our Grade 12 learners despondent and fearful of their final exams”, says Pinnock. “However, matric exam preparation should only have been affected by the strike if teachers had been behind in their work before the strike.”

According to Pinnock, the recent strikes have exposed an interesting irony: “The education force is prepared to aim as high as it can and stand firm on issues of remuneration, yet in the classroom the same workforce is prepared to settle for mediocrity. To improve education, we need to let go of mediocrity and develop the potential in each teacher and learner.”

This is addressed in Alexandra Pinnock’s presentation “Are we training thermometers or are we training thermostats” at the annual Education Week Convention and Learning Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa from 28-30 September. The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will open the country’s largest education convention and some 1000 education professionals are expected to attend.

According to Pinnock it is vital that teachers are assisted to develop leadership and management skills that will make them pro-active agents of change, able to take up the educational challenges and complexities of change and rethink the traditional ways in which teachers perceive their role in the classroom.

In her presentation, Alexandra challenges current educational issues such as lack of vision; power versus communication; adaptability and change and its representation of growth.

Education Conversations

The opening session of Education Week also features the Education Conversations panel discussion, during which high-level speakers will talk candidly about some of the critical issues facing our education system, particularly how best to move forward after the strike, repair relations and create functional schools and training systems. Access to this session is free to anyone interested in the state of education.

Panelists include:

  • Barbara Creecy, Gauteng MEC for Education
  • Marius Fransman, Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on Higher Education and Training
  • John Samuels, Special Advisor, 1GOAL Campaign
  • Bheki Zulu, CEO, MAPPP SETA

The conference programme is divided into three streams: the Education Technology Indaba as well as two sector-specific streams: Basic Education and Higher Education and Training. These two streams will highlight recent policy and curriculum changes, look at overcoming specific challenges to the education system, and showcase some of the solutions and successes that have been achieved.

Education Week Expo

In addition to the three conference streams, Education Week also offers a visitors’ programme as part of the exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is free to everyone involved in education, and includes:

  • Access to workshops geared specifically towards teachers, which will focus on classroom management, stress management, time management and other techniques to enhance teaching.
  • Opportunity to experience the latest learning materials and technologies.
  • Prize giveaways, including a netbook, training courses, dinner, holiday, spa and cinema vouchers.

Event website: www.educationweek.co.za

Event dates and location: 28-30 September 2010 : Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

Alexandra Pinnock’s contact details: 072 603 4999

For more information, interviews and accreditation:
Communications manager: Annemarie Roodbol

Tel: +27 (0) 21 700 3558

Fax: +27 (0) 21 700 3501

Mobile: +27 (0) 82 562 7844

Email: annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

Teachers’ strike: “devastating” on children Education

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Teachers’ strike “devastating” on children
Education expert says “threats of violence may be hardest aspect to fix”.

The education specialist Graeme Bloch says “the teachers’ strike has stunned us with its extent, the depth of support across all teacher unions, and the devastating effect on our children. At the same time, there have been threats of violence to fellow teachers, principals and even pupils – this may be the hardest aspect to fix. The strike points to the need to improve the conditions under which teachers must teach even as we provide realistic, effective, pedagogical support”.

A former education specialist at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Graeme Bloch heads up a distinguished list of experts for the annual Education WeekConvention and Learning Expo in Johannesburg from 28-30 September. The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will open the country’s largest education event, while the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, will share his vision of how technology can change the face of education.  Some 1000 education professionals are expected to attend.

According to Graeme Bloch: “Education Week comes at a crucial time, as we strive to rebuild relations and create stability after the devastating impact of the teachers’ strike. How will teachers, departments, pupils and parents find each other, as we seek to focus on what needs to be done to fix our schools and create conditions where we all feel happy to buckle down to the hard task of effective and quality learning and teaching?”

Education Conversations

During Education Week, Graeme will lead the Education Conversations panel discussion, during which high-level speakers will speak candidly about some of the critical issues facing our education system. Access to this session is free to anyone interested in the state of education. Panelists include:

  • Barbara Creecy, Gauteng MEC for Education
  • Juanita Kloppers-Lourens, Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Basic Education
  • Marius Fransman, Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on Higher Education and Training
  • John Samuels, Special Advisor, 1GOAL Campaign
  • Michael Stevenson, Vice President of Global Education, Cisco

The conference programme is divided into three streams:  the Education Technology Indaba as well as two sector-specific streams:  Basic Education and Higher Education and Training. These two streams will highlight recent policy and curriculum changes, look at overcoming specific challenges to the education system, and showcase some of the solutions and successes that have been achieved.

Education Week Expo!

In addition to the three conference streams, Education Week also offers a visitors’ programme as part of the exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is free to everyone involved in education, and includes:

  • Access to workshops for teachers, which will focus on classroom management, stress management, time management and other techniques to enhance teaching
  • Opportunity to experience the latest learning materials and technologies
  • Prize giveaways, including a netbook, training courses for education professionals, dinner, holiday, spa and cinema vouchers

Event website: www.educationweek.co.za

Event dates and location:  28-30 September 2010 – Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

For more information, interviews and accreditation:

Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol

Tel:  +27 (0) 21 700 3558

Fax:  +27 (0) 21 700 3501

Mobile:  +27 (0) 82 562 7844

Email: annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

Education Week 2010

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: 23 August 2010

Talking Stories: combining tech and fun to teach reading
Technology in action at Education Week

Stories are still the most effective way to teach children to read and, at the same time, encourage them to become more hands-on with technology. The Talking Stories interactive programmes, already used in many schools around the country, have shown improvements of up to 71% in reading scores of Grade 1 learners over a period of two school terms.

Computer voice in four languages

Children reading a Talking Story can touch the text and pictures on a computer screen, which activates a voice in English, isiXhosa, Afrikaans or isiZulu. The developer of the Talking Stories software, Kathy McCabe, says every story comes with three interactive, fun reading activities. “Many have animated rewards for correct answers. Printable worksheets provide follow-up tasks. There are 64 graded stories across a variety of genres, providing for the different reading levels of individual learners.”

Touch Me! Talking Stories in Action

Macmillan South Africa provides the back-up, reading books and wall charts to support the Talking Stories software at the schools. The software runs equally well on networks and individual workstations, laptops and interactive whiteboards; both in Windows and open-source environments.

The proof is in the stories!

Talking Stories are a huge hit with learners and teachers alike, and what’s more, statistics prove that it works. Says Kathy McCabe:  “We hear a great deal of anecdotal evidence about improved reading levels, and we see huge jumps in the systemic test results of Grade 3 and Grade 6 learners at individual schools. One broad-based survey of 2000 Grade 1 learners in 26 schools, showed that over two school terms the learners exposed to the Talking Stories software improved their reading scores by 71% MORE than the control group!”

Taking Talking Stories home on your cell phone
Macmillan Talking Stories hope to partner with a cell phone operator to make this innovative technology and learning available on cell phones.  Says Kathy McCabe:  “Cell phone penetration in South Africa is almost 100%.  People may not have books or computers in the home, but even in remote rural areas, they own cell phones!  Why not use these powerful devices to promote a reading culture in the home?  Kids love to use cell phones and they love stories!  Our software is browser-based and simple in design. Very little would need to be done to make it cell-phone compatible.”

Technology + education @ Education Week

Technology in education will be a strong focus at this year’s Education Week Convention and Learning Expo in Johannesburg, where the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will open the country’s largest multisectoral education event, while the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, will share his vision of how technology can change the face of education.  Some 1,000 education professionals are expected to attend from 28-30 September 2010.

The opening session also features the Education Conversations panel discussion, during which high-level speakers will talk candidly about some of the critical issues facing our education system. Access to this session is free to anyone interested in the state of education. Panelists include:

  • Barbara Creecy, Gauteng MEC for Education
  • Juanita Kloppers-Lourens, Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Basic Education
  • Marius Fransman, Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on Higher Education and Training
  • John Samuels, Special Advisor, 1GOAL Campaign
  • Michael Stevenson, Vice President of Global Education, Cisco

The conference programme is divided into three streams. In addition to the Education Technology Indaba, the programme also offers two additional sector-specific streams:  Basic Education and Higher Education and Training. These two streams will highlight recent policy and curriculum changes, look at overcoming specific challenges to the education system, and showcase some of the solutions and successes that have been achieved.

Technology in action

Talking Stories, interactive whiteboards and many other examples of technology in education will be exhibited at the Education Week Convention and Learning Expo in September. Entry to the exhibition, which includes access to workshops geared specifically towards teachers, is free to all in the education sector.

Event website:  www.educationweek.co.za

Event dates and location:  28-30 September 2010 – Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

For more information, interviews and accreditation:

Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol

Tel:  +27 (0) 21 700 3558

Fax:  +27 (0) 21 700 3501

Mobile:  +27 (0) 82 562 7844

Email:  annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

How to market your Institution to be amongst the Top Brands

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

 


SUPER EARLY BIRD FEE. Book by 22 January, and save up to RM600

The economic plague of 2009 has created new pressure to reduce costs, and might have affected your institutions’™ marketing and branding campaigns more or less.

This year, realise branding as an emerging trend that allows institutions of higher learning to meet the challenge of developing a sustainable brand. Asia Business Forum’s Branding and Marketing Higher Education Conference presents to you the challenges and opportunities in positioning your institution strategically among your competitors and how best to leverage on the revolutionary tactics shared by our array of global speakers. Join us at this 2-day ideas provoking conference and learn through case studies on how universities have gained global recognition for their established brands by overcoming the following challenges: 

Building strong university brands 

Effective use of social media as a marketing tool

Long term strategic planning and updates on latest trends

Internationalization and Collaboration

Driving recruitment and admission

Measuring Marketing and Branding KPIs

Various branding and marketing approaches

Strategic corporate planning

Evaluating brand identities

Click HERE for brochure download

A rare opportunity to hear views from thought leaders in higher institutions reputation:

President/Vice Chancellor - Open University Malaysia

Director - Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Institute of Higher Education Development (RIHED), Thailand

Pro-Vice Chancellor/Chief Executive - Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Malaysia

Founder and President - HELP University College

Director -National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Universiti of Sains Malaysia

Chief Executive - The Obeservatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE), UK

Chief Executive Officer - Informatics Education, Singapore

Director for University Development – De La Salle University- Dasmarinas, Philippines

Pro-Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive - Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak

SEPARATELY BOOKABLE >>> 1/2 DAY POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

Gain in-dept insights from the day post conference workshop on Branding for Higher Education led by Shauna Lo-Roolvink, Chief Executive Officer from Brandhub.

To register – use one of the 3 following easy ways:

(Register before 22 January to save RM600, PLUS additional 10% for 3 and more sign ups)

1) Download Registration Form and fax to (65) 6536 4356

2) Call Ms. Elisabeth on (603) 2070 3299 or (65) 6536 8676 ext. 104

3) Email to amber.chung@abf.com.sg

Making a strong first impression while stealth students start searching for the right college.

Yours sincerely

Iris Tan

Conference Development Manager

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INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE CONFERENCE 2009

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

THEME: The value of cultural intelligence in and out of the boardroom and the workplace

The international conference will be hosted by Global Prospectus (Pty) Ltd in partnership with KnowledgeWorkx Southern Africa from 25 – 27 May 2009 at The Southern Sun Grayston in Sandton, Johannesburg. The conference has generated a lot of interest around the globe, especially in Canada, USA, Singapore, Switzerland, The Netherlands, China, United Kingdom, India, Dubai and Denmark. All believe that South Africa is a fascinating place to study cultural intelligence and discuss it. The international conference is bringing together international expertise and groundbreaking research from across continents to dissect and put into perspective the value of cultural intelligence in and out of the boardroom and the workplace, and how that can boost the topline and bottomline of organisations. 

The conference takes place as part of an intensive effort to strengthen human potential, increase efficiency and cushion the impact of globalisation. Globalisation has necessitated cultural intelligence as a tool for every business leader who deals with diverse customers, partners, competitors, government, and other business players. Because of this, business leaders need to be thoroughly proficient at managing people of different cultures. They need to be able to grasp the essence of each culture quickly, because culture is so important in shaping customer or employee behaviour and aligned it with the direction of the organisation. 

Lack of cultural intelligence can result in a considerable loss of efficiency that can take millions off an organisation’s bottom line. Good human interaction within organisations can also assist leaders to lead in a manner that their people understand, improve communication and boost the topline in terms of morale and productivity. To do all this, individuals, whether they are at home or abroad, need cultural intelligence. It is needed to manage the stress of culture shock and the consequent frustration and confusion that typically result from clashes of cultural differences. Cultural Intelligence is essential in facilitating effective cross-cultural adjustment.The conference will include four workshops, book signing session and a culture tour of Johannesburg. 

Early bird and group discounts are currently available. More information can be obtained on our website at:  or by contacting D. Pillay at dp@globalprospectus.co.za

EXHIBITION

POSTER PRESENTATIONSPoster Presentations will be displayed in the exhibition area as well.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The Conference is targeted at high-level executives and decision makers from all parts of the world, with the majority coming from Africa. Brochures will be sent to over 50, 000 decision makers across the globe. Over 350 people are expected to attend the conference. Below are details of sponsorships sought.


THE FOLLOWING SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES EXIST:
* Platinum Sponsor * Gold Sponsor *  Silver Sponsor *  Venue Sponsor *Gala Dinner/Cocktail Reception Sponsor * Tea/Coffee Break Sponsor *  Sponsorship of Bags, Pens, Notepads and Mouse-pads are also available.Sponsorship categories and benefits could be negotiated to meet potential sponsor’s needs within certain parameters.  

Contact:
Shaba Kolokoto
Tel:
+27 11 781 6222
Facsimile: +27 11 781 6044 Email: shaba@globalprospectus.co.za

ORASI Congress: Building Better Families

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

ORASI is proud to announce the 1st ORASI CONGRESS, 16, and 17th May 2008, with the main theme Building Better Families. This theme is a very nowadays concern several international and well-known speakers, from several universities. The subthemes that will be discussed are the following:

1- Vulnerability of affects;
2- Impact of adverse childhood experiences in adulthood;
3- Attachment and development;
4- Drugs and family;
5- Maltreatment prevention and intervention;
6- Education, School and Family;
7- Parents, education and development;
8- Difficult children.

Distinguished as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the location of the event city of Oporto – is known by its typical hospitality, natural of its inhabitants, and by the extraordinary landscapes, namely the Douro’s River trajectory, where the elder wine production in the world is made.

The congress will be attended by exhibitors of health and education areas. Thus, the organization offers the enterprises the chance of becoming sponsors of the 1st ORASI’s Congress, giving them the chance of exposing and promoting their
services and/or products (e.g. editors, labs, universities, etc.), either as exhibitors, either in publicity in the Program and Abstracts Guide to be offered to participants.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact us by e-mail (geral@orasi.pt). Exhibitors space is limited.

Some of our invited speakers are: Robert Neimeyer, PhD, Thomas Sayger, PhD, Arthur Horne, PhD, Timothy Melchert, PhD, Ayse Cifitci, PhD., Joao Salgado, PhD, Rui Nunes, PhD, Ines Jongnelem, PhD, among others that you can check online.

Call for Papers!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Ala Excellence Consulting Group is going to publish high quality research papers in the following streams in the form of an e-books and books (in case of fund availability) by several famous publishers in USA and UK. The papers will go under a peer review process by reputed university professors and only accepted papers will be considered for publish.

You are most welcome to use this opportunity to promote your research work and have it known globally by all other researchers. This gives you the opportunity to publish your research paper with World Class Publishers under US and/or UK ISBN.

If you are interested, please submit our full papers to: nejati@ala.ir and mention the stream you are submitting your paper for.

Best Practices in Crafting Contracts

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

A written contract is your bible in any agroeement. It should be effective, loophole-free and well-crafted. It should protect you in times of disagreements and shield yu against liabilities. In any deal, one must have a perfect and enforceable contract.

The Center for Global Best Practices (telephone 842-7148 or 59), in collaboration with Lyceum Law School, is holding a two-day pioneering seminar entitled, Best Practices in Crafting Local and International Commercial Contracts on April 19 & 20, 2007 at The Peninsula Manila, Makati City.

This program is about the perfection of a working commercial contract. Seasoned experts and authorities in contract law will discuss topics ranging from the basics of contracts, contract negotiation, boilerplate provisions, special stipulations, controversial clauses and covenants in credit transactions, to real estate contracts, chattel mortgages, and government contracts both in the local and international context.

Prevent lawsuits, avoid legal traps, enforce your contracts and make sure it works by attending this unique program designed for laymen, lawyers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, traders, board directors, decision-makers, consultants, and business stakeholders of all ages and occupation.

Listen, learn, and ask questions from seasoned practitioners and expert resource speakers: Atty. Tristan A. Catinding, (Master of Law, Harvard University 69), managing partner of and professorial lecturer in commercial law at U.P., Arturo M. de Castro, (Master & Doctor of Laws, University of Michigan ’76 & ‘82), managing partner of de Castro & Cagampang Law Office, Atty. Jose A. Bernas, managing partner, Bernas Law Offices and professorial lecturer in government contracts at the Ateneo, and Atty. Jim V. Lopez who is the country’s asset protection law expert. He is the author of 4 law books and presently the associate dean of Lyceum Law School.

Attend and know what’s best and what’s not when structuring contracts! Pre-registration is required in this limited slots only program.

CALL FOR PAPERS: IJSS – International Journal of Social Sciences

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Contact Person: E. Judas
Email: info@enformatika.org
Sponsors: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

International Journal of Social Sciences (IJSS) is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, quarterly and fully refereed journal focusing on theories, methods and applications in social sciences.This open access, peer-reviewed journal encourages top-flight social science inquiry and research across all social science disciplines. It also recognises contributions made by the social science research community to other disciplines, including biological and physical sciences, and promotes connections between all research communities.

All submitted articles should report original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical, and will be peer-reviewed. Articles submitted to the journal should meet these criteria and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow the style of the journal and are subject to both review and editing.

IJSS covers all areas of social sciences, publishing refereed research articles, survey articles, and technical notes. IJSS reviews papers within approximately one month of submission and publishes accepted articles on the internet immediately upon receiving the final versions.

Bibliographic Information

ISSN : 1306-973X
Quarterly Print & Electronic Publication
Commenced publication in 2007

SPECIAL ISSUE: CALL FOR PAPERS – VIRTUAL REALITY IN DISTANCE EDUCATION

DEADLINES:
* Submission Proposals: March 30, 2007
* Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2007
* Papers Due: May 31, 2007
* Peer Reviews Returned: July 15, 2007
* Finalized Papers Due: August 30, 2007
* Publication Date: October 01, 2007

For more information contact:
Gulsun Kurubacak, Ed.D
Assistant Professor in Distance Education
Anadolu University College of Open Education
Distance Education Dept
Email: gkurubac@anadolu.edu.tr

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

DSED 2007: 4th International Conference on Democracy, Security and Economic Development

ICTE 2007: 4th International Conference on Technology and Education

ICSS 2007: 4th International Conference on Social Sciences

ICBE 2007: 4th International Conference on Business and Economics

URPT 2007: 4th International Conference on Urban & Regional Planning and Transportation

Special Issues

Guest Editors are kindly invited to produce Special Issues consisting of articles organized around a theme of particular interest. These special issues are often edited by guest editors who are not on the editorial board. Proposals for Special Issues are most welcome, as are Guest Editorials and Announcements.

Keywords

Agent-Based Computational Economics, Agents, Complexity and Evolution, Business Information Systems, Cognitive Foundations of Computational Social Science, Comparative Computational Social Science, Complex Adaptive Systems, Complex Socio-Cognitive-Technical Systems, Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences, Computation and Social Networks, Computational Sociology and Psychology, Computational Analysis of Social Complexity, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, Computational Economics, Markets and Systems, Computational Economics, Social and Organizational Networks, Computational Electoral Competition, Computational Methods in Social Science, Computational Modeling and Organization Theories, Computational Models and Technologies , Computational Models, Analysis and Visualization Techniques, Computational / Network based Analysis
Computational Organization Theory, Computational Political Economy, Computational Social Science of Spacefaring Civilization, Computational Sociology and Agent-Based Modeling, Computational Sociology and Social Computation, Computer Science and Operations Research, Confluence of Social Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Complexity, Data mining in Social Science, Distributed Agent-based Systems, Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Education Science and Technology, Empirical Tests of Computational, Mathematical, or Logical Models, Game Theory and Statistics, Human-Computer Interactions, Human and Social Evolutionary Complexity, Information Processing Agents, Interdisciplinary / transdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences, Land-Use Modeling Techniques and Applications, Learning and Behavioral Modeling, Machine learning in Social Science, Mathematical Modeling in Social Science, Media and Communications, Technology, Object-Oriented Modeling in Social Science, Organizational Decision Making, Origins of Social Complexity, Physics Methods for Analyzing Social Complexity, Political Science and Decision Making, Social Network Analysis, Social Psychology, Social Systems Dynamics, Social-Psychological, Social, Organizational, and Technological Systems, Socio-Cognitive-Technological Systems, Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions, Virtual Communities and Communications

Important Dates for ICSS 2007 Conference
Paper submission
Notification of acceptance
Final paper submission and authors’ registration
Conference Dates July 15, 2007
August 15, 2007
August 31, 2007
September 28-30, 2007