Teaching amid COVID-19: Spotlight on Edenglen High School

  • Optimi Classroom

The COVID-19 pandemic has caught everyone off guard. This while the national lockdown presents new challenges to schools, principals, teachers, learners and parents.   We would like to inspire and […]

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One Of The Most Important Decisions: Choosing Your Career Path

  • Optimi Classroom

Choosing a career path is probably one of the most difficult decisions a person has to make. And, often, you have to make that decision when you are still a […]

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How to help a learner struggling with (Coronavirus) anxiety

  • Optimi Classroom

  Introduction We’re all on edge because of the coronavirus. Our daily lives have been disrupted, we aren’t sure what tomorrow may bring, and, for many of us, the nonstop news […]

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Onderrig in die tyd van COVID-19: Kollig op New Generations Academy

  • The ITSI Team

Die COVID-19 pandemie het almal onkant gevang. Dit terwyl die nasionale afsondering nuwe uitdagings vir skole, hoofde, onderwysers, leerders en ouers bied.   Graag wil ons julle inspireer en motiveer met ons nuwe reeks “Kollig op…” waar ons […]

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Teaching amid COVID-19: Spotlight on New Generation Academy

  • The ITSI Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has caught everyone off guard. This while the national lockdown presents new challenges to schools, principals, teachers, learners and parents.   We would like to inspire and […]

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Onderrig in die tyd van COVID-19: Kollig op Midstream College

  • The ITSI Team

Die COVID-19 pandemie het almal onkant gevang. Dit terwyl die nasionale afsondering nuwe uitdagings vir skole, hoofde, onderwysers, leerders en ouers bied.   Graag wil ons julle inspireer en motiveer met ons nuwe reeks “Kollig op…” waar ons […]

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Teaching amid COVID-19: Spotlight on Midstream College

  • The ITSI Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has caught everyone off guard. This while the national lockdown presents new challenges to schools, principals, teachers, learners and parents.   We would like to inspire and […]

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Lockdown Learning: Helping Teachers and Parents Navigating Uncharted Waters

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

  Introduction With SARS-CoV-2 completely disrupting our sense of reality, empty school buildings and university campuses serve as a stark reminder that education is no exception. What started out as […]

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Onderrig in die tyd van COVID-19: Kollig op Maragon Mooikloof

  • The ITSI Team

Die COVID-19 pandemie het almal onkant gevang. Dit terwyl die nasionale afsondering nuwe uitdagings vir skole, hoofde, onderwysers, leerders en ouers bied.   Graag wil ons julle inspireer en motiveer met ons nuwe reeks “Kollig op…” waar ons […]

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Teaching amid COVID-19: Spotlight on Maragon Mooikloof

  • The ITSI Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has caught everyone off guard. This while the national lockdown presents new challenges to schools, principals, teachers, learners and parents.   We would like to inspire and […]

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Teaching amid COVID-19: Spotlight on Upington High School

  • The ITSI Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has caught everyone off guard. This while the national lockdown presents new challenges to schools, principals, teachers, learners and parents.   We would like to inspire and […]

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Onderrig in die tyd van COVID-19: Kollig op Hoërskool Upington

  • The ITSI Team

Die COVID-19 pandemie het almal onkant gevang. Dit terwyl die nasionale afsondering nuwe uitdagings vir skole, hoofde, onderwysers, leerders en ouers bied.   Graag wil ons julle inspireer en motiveer met ons nuwe reeks “Kollig op…” waar ons […]

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How to work and educate your kids at home

  • Optimi Classroom

The national lockdown due to COVID-19 has seen many parents temporarily become teachers. Parents now have to juggle working from home and educating their children. And, while it might seem […]

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10 tips for dealing with Maths anxiety

  • The ITSI Team

For some, the fear of Mathematics is as real as the fear of spiders. The condition of Maths anxiety can range from general distress and mental inefficiency to complete panic […]

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Metacognition as an antidote for mistaken beliefs about learning

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

  Introduction It is safe to assume that most of what students believe and “know” about studying – and the process of learning – is a result of how they […]

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Why every teacher needs a functional understanding of reading comprehension

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

  Introduction We know that learning – and especially remembering – the things we learn is a complex biological process involving many different aspects. One of these many aspects of […]

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SABC Education and ITSI launches online library

  • The ITSI Team

SABC Education and ITSI launches online library with more than 350 000 books, 46 000 free e-books – including academic books as used in the CAPS curriculum and other supporting […]

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Feedback that works

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

As humans, we get feedback from our environment all of the time, and we use this feedback to negotiate our way in the world. In a learning environment, this is […]

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Three innovative tips for implementing retrieval practice in your classroom

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

  Introduction We are all aware that in order for us to remember something there is a biological process that takes place. We might not always know the medical or […]

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Schools in Australia are ditching e-books – should we follow suit and ditch e-learning?

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

It has been interesting to follow the reaction to the decision taken by a private school in Sydney to ditch iPads (and e-books) and move back to print textbooks and […]

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Thinking about your thinking: Metacognition for the classroom

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

  Introduction Metacognition is a scientific term that simply means “thinking about your thinking”, and refers to the concept of being critical of your own thoughts. In the context of […]

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Why knowledge matters in 2019, and why it still will in 2080…

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

  We live in a time of unprecedented change, and according to some experts, human knowledge is going to double every 12 hours in the foreseeable future. Not only is […]

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Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the brain – some networks are more important than others

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

  Networks are all around us and in many contexts, they form the basis of the 21st-century reality. The social network technologies permeate our offline social lives and we are […]

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Flipped Classroom – is it a brain-friendly way to teach?

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

Since the early ‘90s, academics such as Prof Eric Mazur from Harvard University has introduced some of the concepts that the Flipped Classroom is built upon. The teaching strategy gained […]

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6 Brain-friendly tips to minimise boredom and keep your class engaged

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

One of the most challenging tasks for a teacher or lecturer is to keep students engaged during class while remaining on schedule to cover all the required work before the […]

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Is it really effective to use past exam papers for revision?

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

It is no secret that the use of previous exam papers in preparation for an upcoming exam is a tried and tested method for effective study. Educators (and learners) regularly […]

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Sleeping (more) can improve exam results

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

It is that time of year where many students are preparing for mid-year exams, with all teaching and classroom preparation done. At this stage, there is seemingly very little that […]

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Re-imagine classroom presentations

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

Three ways in which the science of learning can help Since the launch of PowerPoint in 1987, it has been a significant part of our lives. During the last 25 […]

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Everyone can do maths – the research proves it

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

I recently had an interesting conversation with a high school student and it gave me a lot of insight – not only into how she and her friends view their […]

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Workshop for South African educators will explore the latest findings on neuroscience research and its relation to education

  • The ITSI Team

ITSI presents 2nd Annual workshop in Africa on Mind, Brain, and Education for “Educators as brain-changers” ITSI, the pioneering provider of educational tools based on established research in the field […]

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“How do people learn and what can we do to improve learning?”

  • The ITSI Team

Internationally recognised Dr Daisy Pellant to present at 2nd annual workshop on Mind, Brain and Education in Africa ITSI, the pioneering provider of educational tools based on established research in […]

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Coping or Flourishing

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

On the 14th of January 2016 an important article was published by the World Economic Forum. In this article, Klaus Schwab discusses what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. […]

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Re-imagining Curriculum: Learning Paths

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

Metacognition is considered one of the most important skills in order for students to achieve success. On a broad level, it refers to students’ ability to reflect on their learning, […]

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A brain-friendly approach to 21st-century learning and teaching

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

Every day, millions of students are taught in schools and universities by teachers and lecturers operating with a mixture of a common-sense understanding of the brain and neuromyths. Equally disquieting […]

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Bridging the gap between research and practice

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

Have you ever heard of EBP? To many, it might sound like a medical condition but it actually refers to what is known as evidence-based practice. Evidence-based practice is a […]

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Adopting a Growth Mindset

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

Mindsets are fundamental to the way both students and educators perceive their respective academic journeys. We tend to hear phrases like “Just have a positive mindset about this” or “You […]

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Vocabulary still matters in the 21st-century

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

How the simple act of reading bedtime stories to your children could be the most significant contribution you can make to their future success. At the beginning of each year, […]

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Benefits of using an e-book

  • The ITSI Team

Six benefits of choosing e-textbooks over traditional hard copy books School booklists are out, and you want to be first in line to make sure that your child starts the […]

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Synergy, sharing and collaboration – an early new year’s resolution

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

The professional development and professional learning of educators is an important topic in 21st-century educational discourse. The professional development of educators is a rather niche field, but in recent times […]

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Why do Learning Styles, like bad habits, just not go away?

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

Teachers are sometimes exasperated by the fact that they cannot get students to forsake bad behaviours or grasp subtle but important concepts, no matter how many “interventions” we put in […]

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The balancing act – Professional development in the 21st-century: Part 2

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

Last month we started our discussion on achieving a balance in your professional development as educators. For the most part, we focused on the theoretical side of professional development. During […]

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Study Methods vs Brain Training – which is best, and why?

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

Introduction People are becoming more and more aware of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the many challenges it poses. Learners, schools, teachers and especially parents often wonder what they can […]

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The balancing act – professional development in the 21st-century

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

Balance is a fundamental characteristic of every system and, for that matter, every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Education, and specifically an educator’s professional development is no different. […]

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Become a champion for change

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

How do we plan for ICT-related change? This is probably one of the most prominent questions relating to education in the 21st-century, replacing the question of whether or not to […]

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Seeing the bigger picture – helping students find perspective

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

On a recent trip with a group of friends to Namibia, we visited Namibrand. As its name suggests, Namibrand is right on the edge of the Namib desert and with […]

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Get more out of past exam paper practice

  • The ITSI Team

Past papers are an essential component of exam preparation for Matric learners. Practicing past papers help learners develop essential exam skills and techniques; having an idea of what will be […]

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Neuro-power Strategies for Students: Flashcards

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

In their workshops on the latest brain science and learning (Mind, Brain and Education), Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher, talk about “Power Strategies for teachers/lecturers and students”. In our next couple […]

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TPACK for the 21st-century educator

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

For many of us, the TPACK framework has been committed to the dusty chambers of our long-term memory. Perhaps it’s time to dust it off and re-evaluate its worth for […]

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Give your child an advantage in education through Digital Lessons

  • The ITSI Team

Over the years, teaching methodologies have remained very much the same: educators provide lessons from a curriculum, students learn this information, they are then tested on the knowledge gained and […]

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Changing how we think, talk about and practice education

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

On 23 and 24 May 2018, ITSI hosted the First Mind, Brain and Education (MBE) Seminar in Africa, presented by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher. Glenn and Ian are the […]

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Move Over, Millennials

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

Defining the birth and decline of a generation of people is not a precise science by any means. An academic article by Kehl et al (2014) highlights the difficulties of […]

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Exams: From cramming the night before to remembering your work

  • The ITSI Team

With midyear exams just around the corner, students and teachers alike are hard at work to prepare by revising work done over the past six months, writing mock tests, and […]

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Preparing your students for jobs that don’t exist

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

You might have heard of the term “the fourth industrial revolution” or the term “the age of automation”, you might even have heard of the “network society” or the “digital […]

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5 Creative tools to prepare your students for exams

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

With the midterm exam period looming, classes are at risk of becoming monotonous as educators work tirelessly to meet the curriculum requirements. Your students’ readiness is of paramount importance – […]

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Neuromyth: Digital Cocaine

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

If you are a parent or a teacher you would definitely have come across the following neuromyth… It is not only popular as a clickbait topic on the Internet, but […]

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The 6 Principles of Mind-Brain-Education

  • The ITSI Team

Throughout the centuries, great teachers have been guided by their intuition as to what method of teaching works best. Modern brain imaging techniques have brought into plain view why certain […]

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Entrepreneurs of Learning

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

What would happen if we start to talk about 21st-century students as “Entrepreneurs of Learning” rather than “lifelong learners”? I suggest that it makes sense for two reasons: first – […]

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Teaching on the Flip-side

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

The 21st-century brings a wealth of challenges to the world of education including the dual function of equipping students with the applicable knowledge and 21st-century skills to adapt in a […]

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Country wide roadshow to explore the latest neuroscience research and memory formation

  • The ITSI Team

ITSI aims to educate over 500 principals and educators country wide on Mind-Brain-Education (MBE) 2 March 2018 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering digital education platform providers, will once again […]

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First seminar in Africa on Mind-Brain-Education (MBE)

  • The ITSI Team

MBE  – registrations open. Exclusive not-to- be missed event with internationally acclaimed US authors of “Neuroteach: Brain science and the future of education” – only 200 spaces available 22 FEBRUARY […]

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Neuromyth – We Only Use 10% of Our Brains

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

Introduction The 10% neuromyth plays itself out in different ways and variations in popular culture of which perhaps the most well-known recent example is the movie “Lucy” showing the heroine […]

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Thinking outside the box

  • Corlia le Roux

The term thinking outside the box originated from an experiment done in 1930 called the Nine Dot Problem. This experiment was performed by Norman Maier, an American psychologist. What the […]

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How to Deal With a Tech Savvy Child

  • Suzann Prinsloo

Our kids today grow up in a world where almost any device can be connected to the Internet and/or each other. When you grew up, there were most probably no […]

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Ntšha-Peu Primary School in Soshanguve to take their first e-learning step proudly sponsored by ITSI

  • The ITSI Team

25 January 2018 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, is proud to announce that […]

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Wide awake in 2018

  • Dr Nicolas Matthee

In 2014, Stephen Hawking said in an interview “We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” The truth of this statement has only increased […]

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ITSI to host first seminar in Africa on Mind-Brain-Education and Technology

  • The ITSI Team

Internationally acclaimed authors and facilitators to conduct hands-on workshop with teachers and lecturers ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and […]

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Three Ways to Ensure That Your Teaching is Even More Efficient in 2018

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

At the beginning of the academic year, many teachers want to know if there are simple, easy to use techniques or tools which are sure to improve their teaching, i.e. […]

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New Schools – January 2018

  • The ITSI Team

At least 25 educational institutions (mostly schools) and almost 20 000 school learners will embark on their e-learning journey this year 17 January 2018 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering […]

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What is the Real Value of a Matric Certificate

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

It is that time of the year again, where the exams are done and peace has returned to homes. With many matrics already having left for the beach with their […]

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Learning Myth: “If you can Google it, no need to study it!”

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

Anyone that is involved in education knows about the prominence of 21st-century skills in discussions about the future of learning and that it should form an integral part of any […]

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EduTech 2017 Highlights

  • The ITSI Team

At EduTech2017, Wikus Breetzke introduced Digital Lessons, an interactive collection of digital resources for Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Natural Science. Available through the ITSI Store.    Video […]

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ITSI wins Supplier of the Year award for Basic Education at EduWeek 2017

  • The ITSI Team

5 October 2017 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, was last night awarded the […]

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ITSI Launches Digital Lessons

ITSI launches collection of thousands of interactive digital resources in Maths, Physical Science, Life Science and Natural Sciences Interactive teaching resources in the form of photos, videos, animations, assessments and […]

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Cape Recife High School – Using Technology to Enhance Learning

  • The ITSI Team

Cape Recife High is the largest schools of its kind in the Eastern Cape catering for learners with special needs from Grade RRR to 12. There are currently 416 learners […]

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Myths in Education – The Learning Pyramid

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

The Learning Pyramid is an attempt to categorise different modes of teaching in terms of their value for learning – with “Teach others” as the most effective mode of learning […]

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Learning Styles are dead – long live content!

  • Dr Lieb Liebenberg

Introduction Learning styles are one of those topics we should no longer be spending time on – either writing or reading – very much like one would not spend time […]

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Midstream College Road Map to E-learning Success

  • The ITSI Team

Video Transcription Mr Leonard Swart, Head of Academics: Midstream College is a private school, it’s parallel medium which means we cater for Afrikaans and English learners, situated in Centurion. This […]

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Leaving footprints at WetNose

  • The ITSI Team

On Friday 7 July, a team from ITSI visited WetNose Animal Rescue Centre to spend the afternoon with the animals. WetNose Animal Rescue Center is a Right to Life animal […]

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Spotlight on: Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima is a Dominican Convent School, situated in Durban North, KwaZulu-Natal. This an independent school, established in 1954, and has 640 learners and a staff of 60. […]

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1 month, 10 events, more than 400 educators

  • The ITSI Team

Since 2014, ITSI annually embarks on a roadshow throughout the country to educate and inform schools on e-learning, as well as the new features offered through our platform. On 3 […]

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ITSI CEO Lieb Liebenberg finalist for FNB Business Innovator of the Year 2017

  • The ITSI Team

The annual FNB Business Innovation Awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of high-impact entrepreneurs who have embraced many challenges to create world-class, innovative and scalable companies that continue to forge […]

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Honouring students

  • The ITSI Team

ITSI invited the Honors Informatics students at the University of Pretoria to analyse our online store in terms of user experience. Through user-testing, problem areas and challenges had to be […]

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E-learning in primary schools

  • The ITSI Team

Within 21st-century education, e-learning is likely one of the most complex terms that we use on a frequent basis. In this article, “e-learning” refers to the use of ICT in […]

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Spotlight on: Laerskool Stellenbosch

  • The ITSI Team

Many primary schools are still hesitant to place tablets in the hands of their learners. The schools that have taken the decision to do so, however, can’t see themselves ever […]

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Teachers getting tech-smart

  • The ITSI Team

In June 2015, Vodacom, in partnership with ITSI, rolled out its initial Smart School Project to five schools in the Free State. During the initial implemen-tation, Vodacom sponsored Internet with […]

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Spotlight on: The principal of Allen Glen High School

  • The ITSI Team

In 2014, Allen Glen High School started their e-learning journey with ITSI and three years later, Principal Dr Johan Wiehahn, still believes that it was the right move. Initially they […]

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Future-proof your teaching

  • The ITSI Team

The pursuit of knowledge in the 21st-century has never been easier than it is with technology granting us access to unlimited resources and self-improvement guidance – even in an ever-changing […]

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Implementation Success

  • The ITSI Team

As many of the schools – making use of the e-learning tools provided by ITSI  – already know, implementation during January is a team effort. From Wi-Fi setup and new […]

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