African Board of Jewish Education appoints Knowledge Network
In 1999, the South African Board
of Jewish Education appointed Knowledge Network to complete a 5-phase process to increase
the level of IT knowledge at the three King David Schools located in Sandton, Linksfield
and Victory Park.
The process commenced with the
training of 170 teachers in the use of a computer as a productivity, research and
The Knowledge Network IT
Curriculum was evaluated and selected by educators at the South African Board of Jewish
Education as the IT curriculum for the learners at the schools.
Teachers appointed to present the curriculum attended training in
the Knowledge Network ILAMM (Integrated Learning and Mentoring Methodology) and attend
ongoing training at Knowledge Network in Rivonia.
the learners say about their computer sessions ...
At the end of one of the computer sessions using the new
curriculum, the learners in Grade 3 and Grade 4 were asked to evaluate the session based
on what was covered during the session and on how the session was run. Below are the
evaluations submitted by some of the learners.
Fun, original, imaginative, creative
- you learn a lot
Another fun lesson of computers
has ended. We made a 3D picture of men on arrows going to cone shape planets. This lesson was
the best in eternity.
Daniel Grade 3
I thought Tuesday's lesson of computers was original and imaginative, but it could be
more. Instead of just vertical cones, we could have done diagonal or horizontal cones.
Arieh Grade 3L
computers because you get to be creative. This lesson was especially fun because we got to
make something nice. You learn a lot.
Cool, fun, you use your imagination
- you learn a lot
I think we learned how to use
colours and make things look more realistic on computers.
Gary Grade 4
I thought the
lesson was cool. Because we made people shoot to planets by using shapes, 3D and a bit of
That lesson was fun. I hope we have more
lessons like that.
I like the
computer lessons because it is so much fun and I learn a lot in computers that I never knew
before. Everyday I go home and practice. I like it very much and the recent lessons we have
been having have been so much fun.
in learner performance and achievement
Price - King David School Sandton - Oct 1999
has been a great change in the performance and attitude of many of the pupils since the
start of the Knowledge Network programme.
Those who could not do or were scared to try are
definitely producing far more creative work and their confidence levels have greatly
They seem to be able to get on with things on their own
without me standing behind them. Those who thought they knew it all are now starting to
listen and are achieving better results by doing things the way they have been shown
rather than doing things they way they are used to. The gap between those who can and
those who thought they couldn't is certainly closing.
on the Knowledge Network Experience - Antony Radomsky - King David School Sandton - Oct 1999
Computer literacy course for educators
I am currently teaching on a full-time basis at King David
School Sandton. Upon attending the Knowledge Network introductory and orientation computer
literacy course earlier this year, my repertoire of computer skills consisted mostly of
those word processing short-cuts I had needed to complete my university assignments, and
some very elementary graphic and spreadsheet applications.
The course, pitched at a most practical level and
delivered with a powerful hands-on methodology by superbly competent instructors, both
consolidated and extended by computer skills as well as bringing relevance to my work
environment. I graduated with confidence and ability in word-processing, spreadsheet
applications, graphics, presentation and Internet applications.
ILAMM Training course for
Following from the Knowledge Network introductory course
and with a view to teaching computers at my school next year, I attended the Knowledge
Network ILAMM (Integrated Learning and Mentoring Methodology) course.
This is a course designed to equip educators with the
skills and the methodology needed to educate learners within the ever-expanding
information technology age. The delivery of the course, covering literacy in all major
software packages, was both enjoyable and of an exceptional standard.
IT Curriculum Session Training for
The regular follow-up training sessions continue to be a
major support as well as ensuring that my knowledge is always up to date. Even although I
will only begin to mediate the Knowledge Network Curriculum and learning methodology next
year, I have continued to keep my skills up to date and to apply what I learn within my
own work environment on a regular basis.
I thank Knowledge Network for providing such an excellent
service and look forward with enthusiasm to further training with them and to my mediation
of their curriculum in the coming century.
In a world full of the
dangers of educational quick-fixes and sly sales pitches,
Knowledge Network stands out as an organisation committed to
Report back on
the session for the day
"I enjoyed that session (Knowledge
Network Time Magazine Session) because we could create anything we wanted so I just
did what I liked and it landed up being very nice, and I love computers." Grade
7 / Year 7 Learner
Thank you for emailing your
project to us Brandon. Your project looks great. The download time was also good.
Knowledge Network - Mar 2000