New fa­cil­ity to pro­vide bet­ter teach­ing, learn­ing

Vuk'uzenzele - - Education - No­luthando Mkhize

A sTATe-oF-The-ArT school li­brary and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre in the Western Cape will en­sure ed­u­ca­tors have ac­cess to man­age­ment, re­search and cur­ricu­lum-re­lated ma­te­rial to pro­mote ef­fec­tive teach­ing and learn­ing.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice of the Western Cape Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment (WCED) has moved into new, state-ofthe-art premises in Kuils River.

It is now based at the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment’s Cape Teach­ing and Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute, where the de­part­ment pro­vides in-ser­vice teacher train­ing.

The ser­vice sup­ports school li­braries and me­dia cen­tres, and teach­ers visit the cen­tre to source teach­ing ma­te­rial and ideas.

Brian Schreuder, the head of ed­u­ca­tion in the Western Cape, said at the open­ing cer­e­mony re­cently that the oc­ca­sion was im­por­tant be­cause it re­flects the de­part­ment’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to school li­braries, the im­por­tance of books and the de­part­ment’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion.

A to­tal of 1 252, or 86 per cent, of schools in the Western Cape have li­brary fa­cil­i­ties, Schreuder said.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice helps to set up school li­braries, pro­vides ad­vice on books to stock and pro­vides block loans of books for up to a term at a time.

Con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment

In ad­di­tion, it pro­vides re­sources and sup­port to help teach­ers in­cor­po­rate dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy into their lessons, and ob­tains li­cences for ed­u­ca­tion soft­ware for use in smart class­rooms and com­puter lab­o­ra­to­ries. The ser­vice pro­vides on­line re­sources for con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of teach­ers, prin­ci­pals and ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials.

The cen­tre also pro­vides mo­bile li­brary ser­vices to 87 schools in ru­ral ar­eas, mainly farm schools, us­ing buses kit­ted out as li­braries.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice is now ex­pand­ing its ser­vices to in­clude more dig­i­tal re­sources, as schools ben­e­fit from the prov­ince's eLearn­ing Game Changer ini­tia­tive.

The new fa­cil­i­ties in Kuils River in­clude:

• A li­brary of books and dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing soft­ware;

• A com­puter hub, with 10

com­put­ers, where teach­ers can use com­put­ers to iden­tify re­sources they might need; • A view­ing room, to pre­view

dig­i­tal re­sources;

• Free wifi;

• Power points through­out the li­brary for use by vis­i­tors, us­ing their own de­vices; • A sem­i­nar and train­ing room with 20 com­put­ers, which can ac­com­mo­date 50 peo­ple; and

• A board­room which can ac­com­mo­date 15 peo­ple and a study area for in­di­vid­ual and group work.

The ed­u­ca­tion Li­brary and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices has new premises.

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