• LaunchLab Ideas Pitching Platform Final


    EdTech members please see the invite to this exciting LaunchLab event. RSVP and sign-up on their site. Time: 5.45pm – 9.30pm | Venue: Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab (http://www.launchlab.co.za/contact/) We take great pleasure in inviting you to join us at the LaunchLab Ideas Programme Pitching Platform Final. Through our Ideas Programme, we create opportunities for both aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs to grow their business ideas by providing a platform where they can win incubation support and services. Participating entrepreneurs do not need a formal business plan or prototype and have submitted innovative ideas in the following focus verticals: Fintech and Big DataEdutechAgritech and FoodCleantechExceptional On 19 May, a panel of judges will decide which of the finalists will be awarded their share of R[masked] in incubation support services from Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab. Join us at this exciting event to watch the finalists pitch, meet the entrepreneurs and network with experts. For more information, please contact Denielle Daggia at[masked] or [masked] . Connect with us on Twitter at @TheLaunchLab, #LLideas2016. We look forward to seeing you on 19 May! Please Sign-Up to secure your space. EVENT SIGN-UP http://www.launchlab.co.za/pitch-final/

  • Team4Tech and Autodesk. Silicon Valley collaborators of Eduvate.

    Eduvate and the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust are proud to announce we are continuing our collaboration with Team4Tech and Autodesk. They will be here for two weeks in April and despite a very busy schedule they are excited to present an EdTech Meetup. Team4Tech (http://www.team4tech.org/ ) works to advance the quality of education in developing countries by connecting technology volunteers and solutions with high impact nonprofit organisations. Their technology partner for the Kayamandi project is Autodesk. Their project approach is to build competencies in digital literacy, Edtech integration and 21st century learning and teaching skills. Autodesk ( http://www.autodesk.com/ )is a leader in 3D design,engineering and entertainment software. Tinkercad is part of a family of free design apps that is owned by Autodesk and Autodesk has a strong focus on education. Come and hear this skilled and creative group speak about their Edtech ideas and experiences. This is going to be a very interesting Meetup so diarise the date now.


    On behalf of LaunchLab Eduvate would like to share an exciting initiative with Edtech members: MultiChoice, is hosting a FREE workshop for leaders in the education, technology, media and innovation communities to unleash breakthrough innovation in MEDIA. We will highlight trends and opportunities in media covering core areas of the video entertainment value chain (production, processing, distribution, consumption) around which the MultiChoice Media Innovation Challenge has been designed. Visit www.launchlab.co.za/multichoice to RSVP. Find attached three digital advertisements. Please help us spread the word by sharing news of this workshop with your network. Inspiration starts somewhere. Register for the MultiChoice Media Innovation Workshop and get inspired. http://goo.gl/Me2d2E Have an interest in providing media data mining and analytics solutions and services? See you on Thursday. Register! http://goo.gl/Me2d2E Unlock media revenue opportunities! What is on trend? Where are the gaps? Book here- http://goo.gl/Me2d2E Change the future of media & join the Breakthrough Innovation media workshop with MultiChoice - http://goo.gl/Me2d2E

  • The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model

    Hallo Edtech Meetup Members. Our second Meetup for the year will take place on Tuesday the 1st of March. Our presenter will be Kevin Sherman, an educational consultant specializing in innovative teaching strategies. Please join us for an interesting presentation and we hope a lively discussion. The topic for the presentation will be; SAMR: A Model for Successful eLearning Strategies. SAMR provides a model that informs the redesign of teaching practices, and connects modes of utilization of technology with progressively greater impact upon learner performance; recent research has confirmed the outcomes predicted by the model. The presentation will review the model with an eye to its use in practical teaching and learning scenarios, focusing on concrete examples across a range of disciplines. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions related to projects in their own schools and organisations, so that they may be analyzed and discussed. From 1985 until 2001, Kevin taught secondary English and History, and also served as Head of Department and Curriculum Advisor. Since 1990, he has trained teachers to use technology in teaching, learning, and school management. From late 2009, Kevin served as the ICT-Integration Education Specialist at UCT’s Schools Development Unit, and then as Head of Curriculum and Learning at Parklands College. Kevin holds two degrees from Stanford University: a B.A. in History and Psychology, and a Masters in Education. In 2013, he earned the distinction of becoming a Google Certified Innovator, and is a Google Certified Education Trainer. Kevin is now Director of Professional Development for CloudEd Solutions.

  • You are invited to our EdTech Meetup

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    Welcome to the first EdTech Stellenbosch Meetup for 2016. Our speakers will be Martin Butler and Gerjo Ben van der Merwe. Martin and Gerjo are the organizers behind the Digital Transformation of Education Conference (dtoe.co.za) that will be held in April. The questions, problems, ideas and passions that inspired them to organise the conference will be discussed. Most of you that are interested in Education and Technology will recognise that we often wonder and debate about the How? of digital innovation in the classroom. In such a layered society with so many variables in terms of learners, teachers, schools, access to software and hardware how do we find a workable and meaningful way to align and integrate the two? Come and hear their thoughts. Gerjo Ben is a passionate parent. Martin Butler is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and a Research Associate at the Institute for Future Studies. He holds an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria, an MBA from the USB and is studying towards a PhD. Martin joined academia in 2007, after a 15 year career in the ICT industry. Martin was the project leader and is the current manager for the USB's Postgraduate Diploma (Business Management & Administration) that uses pioneering virtual classroom concept to simultaneously reach students in the classroom, on the internet and on their mobile phones, a University of Stellenbosch first. He serves in an advisory capacity on the effective use of ICT usage to many local schools.

  • A chat about the latest EdTech research with Prof Dick Ng'ambi

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    The ETILAB 'Sandpit' provides a space for educators/teachers to 'play' with technologies and in the process become confident with technologies/tools before exploring ways of teaching with the technologies. The ETILAB is an initiative of the School of Education (SOE) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). - See more at: http://www.education.uct.ac.za/education/etilab#sthash.Bw9GsepN.dpuf

  • A visit from Silicon Valley's Team 4 Tech


    It's not everyday that you get a team from Silicon Valley in Stellenbosch, but the 11th of August 2015 is that day! We very much look forward hosting the team from Team 4 Tech at the upcoming EdTech Meetup on the 11th of August 2015. Team 4 Tech is a US based non-profit organisation that match tech industry professionals and solutions with high impact not-for-profit companies in developing countries. In 2014 alone, Team 4 Tech deployed over 68 volunteers representing 8 technology companies on 7 projects in Cambodia, India, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Vietnam. On the 11th of August, Team4Tech will give an overview of their innovative project model that leverages the skills of high tech professionals to help improve education. We can't wait to have them share their experiences with us and look forward networking with you! For more information on Team 4 Tech , have a look at their website (www.team4tech.org) and follow them on Twitter @Team4Tech .

  • EdTech Discussion with Doug Hoernle and Salah Elbaba

    Join Doug Hoernle (Rethink Education and Bambisa) and Salah Elbaba (SMSWeb and Bambisa) as they facilitate a discussion on practical implementation and the use of technology in the school and classroom. Any questions or topics you would like to include in this MeetUp discussion event? We kindly invite you to please post them below on the MeetUp platform or send it to [masked] . Looking forward seeing all! Please feel free to forward the invitation to any interested person.

  • Arthur Preston : 21st Century Learning


    It is with great excitement that we announce the revised date for the upcoming EdTech Stellenbosch with Arthur Preston. As a leader in 21st Century learning and teaching, Arthur founded the first Twitter-chat specifically aimed at South African teachers and co-founded EdTechConf , an organization committed to coming alongside teachers and schools to assist them in understanding the role of technology in the classroom. Follow Arthur on twitter @artpreston or visit his blog http://headthoughts.co.za/ . Looking forward seeing you!

  • Important Event Update: EdTech partnering with Partners for Possibility

    EdTech Stellenbosch in partnership with Louise van Rhyn are inviting you to the launch of the book Partners for Possibility: How business leaders and principals are igniting radical change in South African schools. All stakeholders involved in the education sector know very well that in order for us to improve the quality of our education, we require new thinking, new approaches, new technology and most importantly, committed citizens that are willing to collaborate and make this a reality. It is a mammoth of a battle that cannot be fought alone! It is in this spirit of collaboration and a joint vision for renewal in education, that we're postponing the upcoming EdTech with Arthur Preston and instead invite all Eduvators and education enthusiasts to join the Stellenbosch launch of the book about Partners for Possibility with Professor Brian O'Conell and Conrad Sidego on the 19th of March 2015. Partners for Possiblity (PfP) is the flagship of Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) with a bold and audacious vision: To provide quality education for all children in South Africa by 2022. Partnering business leaders with school principals, their mission is to lead change in schools and bring innovative solutions to help solve South Africa's education crises. If you would like to attend, we kindly ask that you please confirm your attendance with Melissa ([masked]). Follow Partners for Possibility on twitter @PfP4SA or have a look at their website (http://www.pfp4sa.org) to find out more on how they empower principals to become change leaders in schools and communities. We look forward seeing you and be sure to look out for details on Arthur Preston's EdTech Meetup early in April.