Technology Learning System and Partners in Education
For so many years we
have held skills based training qualifications in high esteem,
assuming that the mere acquisition of skills would make a
sufficient contribution to the required task.
In today's world we
need to acquire skills as well as being able to apply them and
most often in unique and creative ways. Not only is the corporate
world placing a larger emphasis on ability and results but there
is a worldwide trend in education towards the acquisition of
acquired knowledge and skills as opposed to simple drill
When we factor in the
technology used in the modern school and business, we realise that
not only are there a whole range of technology skills to be
acquired but failure to apply them effectively is as detrimental
as not having the skills at all.
Knowledge Network set
out in 1994 to address this lack of technology skills and
simultaneously educate the learners in how to apply what they
know. Since those early days, the original Knowledge Network
programme has evolved into a highly sophisticated yet easy to use
programme known as the Knowledge Network Information Technology
The IT Learning
System consists of three major components namely the Progressive
Learning Programme, the Integrated Learning and Mentoring
Methodology (ILAMM) and the accompanying Session Training.
The most interesting
aspect of this system is that any educator, irrespective of their
IT background can present the programme to learners once they have
gone through methodology training.
Yes, this means that
someone who gets technophobic with a calculator can actually
effectively present IT sessions to learners.
Learning Programme caters for learners from Grade 0 right through
to Grade 12 on different levels of complexity. The programme
places great emphasis on entrepreneurial thought through the
briefs and topics for each lesson. To compliment this, the
methodology creates an environment where the development of
creativity, lateral thinking and logic are facilitated and by
placing the learning process in the hands of the learner we
achieve both accelerated and active learning.
The third component
of the IT Learning System, if implemented as a progressive
learning programme, is the Session Training which occurs at
regular intervals during the academic year to ensure that
educators presenting the programme are sufficiently equipped to
successfully present sessions in the classroom.
Currently over 22,000
learners in the Gauteng area and thousands more across South
Africa and internationally are using the Knowledge Network IT
Learning System as a progressive learning programme to great
One would immediately
consider such a beneficial programme to be expensive and limited
to well heeled private institutions. Not true. All schools,
irrespective of economic factors, are using the system with great
The Knowledge Network
"Partners in Education" Programme includes schools as
diverse as Roedean School South Africa, Greenside High School,
King David Schools, Beaulieu Preparatory School and College,
Brescia House, Dainfern College, Halfway House Primary School,
Lenasia Secondary School, Moregrove Primary School, Phuting
Primary School, Pridwin Preparatory School, St Johns, St Josephs
RC School, St Peters Preparatory School, Tom Newby School, Veritas
College and Krugersdorp High School.
Not only does
Knowledge Network cater for the learner but places high value on
the professional development of educators in information
technology by offering courses, workshops, seminars and diploma
programmes specifically designed for educators.
seminars, workshops and customised resource toolkits geared to
facilitate the integration of information technology into
specialist subjects are available.
All this combined
with additional services such as curriculums and sessions plans
for speciliased study programmes, computer clubs, IT Learning
programmes for parents, and the international knowledge exchange
programme, has allowed Knowledge Network to provide their partners
with short and long term IT solutions and thereby living the
"working together, learning together" culture of the