e-Learning @Grantleigh
E-Learning
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:14

Curro offers a blended learning environment to ensure that students receive the best range of learning opportunities, both using technology and activities that may not require technology but will assist in developing other skills. In 2019 our school will continue to make use of ITSI Pro, which offers a comprehensive blended eLearning solution with off-line access to all eBooks, an integrated platform to seamlessly share educational resources such as multimedia files, notes and images and self-created content, tools for sharing newsletters, an integrated calendar, templates to create assessments and receive instant feedback, classroom activity monitor, roll-call, flashcards and access to learning and critical thinking tools. Real-time user analytics provide valuable insight into students’ study behaviour and can be accessed by parents, teachers and heads.  

 
Devices
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:12

To enable high-quality learning, we need to put tools in the hands of the students. Devices are important tools to aid a variety of activities – ranging from viewing and interacting with digital content, using games for learning, researching, collating and evaluating data, collaborating and communicating with other students, creating and sharing artefacts or presentations, coding, robotics and a multitude of other activities. 

In 2019, we will expect all students to bring their own device to school to aid the learning process from Grade 8-12. There is a wide variety of devices to choose from, with many different specifications and form factors and the choice is yours to make – laptop / tablet / 2-in-1 device.


It is important that you review the Curro device requirements explained in Curro’s “Choosing the right device” brochure when purchasing a device for your child. This brochure is attached and has been loaded as a resource on the D6 Communicator.

Textbooks

In the past, all Curro schools have charged a monthly e-learning fee that included the cost of e-textbooks. This fee will no longer be charged from 2019; the cost of purchasing textbooks will now be carried by the parents.

To purchase e-books from MyHub, please visit

https://myhub.curro.co.za

Click on “Request user details” You will then be asked to insert the ID number of the parent linked to the registration of students at Grantleigh. The password will be sent to the email address linked to the ID number on the Curro administrative system.

From then on, your email address is the username.

Textbooks are a resource that aids the learning process and provide access to the essential knowledge that students will need. A textbook is, however, one of many tools that aid the learning process. In 2019 all students will be required to purchase either hard copy textbooks OR eBooks depending on the teachers’ choice for their subject. Attached is a list of the prescribed textbooks – as you will see, some are hard copy and these can be purchased from Kenart or any other supplier of your choice. Some of the books will be ordered by the school and your account will be debited to cover the cost. The e-books will need to be purchased by you using the myHub portal - guidance on how to make eBook purchases through the MyHub portal is attached to this letter and has been loaded as a resource on the D6 Communicator. E-books will be available for purchase from              12 November 2018.

Regardless of whether textbooks are hard copy or e-Books, we still expect all students to bring their own e-devices to school. Please note that should a parent prefer to order hard copy books instead of the e-books, they may do so but we have not requested Kenart to stock these as the teachers have recommended using e-books.

In some subjects, teachers put together compilations of their own notes into booklets which are neat and students find them easy to study from. These work out very reasonable and where applicable, you will be charged for the issue of these books. The prices will vary depending on the size of the booklets – probably in the region of R20-R30 per book. You will be informed about this before your account is debited.

 
21st century learning at Curro
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:28

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and our world is evolving exponentially. Industries have already benefitted from the previous Digital Revolution in automating processes and are now starting to leverage emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, biotechnology and quantum computing.

This is not just a reality globally, but also for South Africa where both private and government sectors are already rethinking how they do business and run their organisations. This will have a major impact on our workforce, not only changing things for the better, but also compelling us to ensure that our society is equipped with the relevant skills to participate productively.  

Curro ensures that students are prepared for this evolving world when they leave school. This includes academic success and having essential knowledge, as well as skills and attitudes to embrace the unknown and forge a path to being contributing and happy citizens in our country and globally. 

Technology is one of the enabling factors in helping our students to construct knowledge and develop critical skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, complex problem-solving, digital literacy, computational thinking, meta-cognition, motivation, resilience, reflection and empathy.

Although technology now plays a more important role in learning than ever before, the role of the teacher is equally important in ensuring the creation of innovative, 21st century learning opportunities for the development of these skills. There is still a place for pen and paper and other non-technology learning tools, and we don’t expect any of our teachers and students to be using technology for every activity. It should be used when it is the right tool for the job and enhances or provides an opportunity for learning that cannot take place without the technology.

Using technology and incorporating opportunities for the development of skills also does not mean that we exclude what may be viewed as traditional or outdated teaching approaches such as direct instruction – some areas of the curriculum are best covered using this method.

Our teachers are provided with ongoing professional development opportunities to ensure that they are equipped to offer the most inspiring and effective learning opportunities for your children. To create innovative learning interventions, the school plans on leveraging competent teachers and technology to complement the solutions outlined below that we will be using in 2019.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:12
 
Getting Started with E-Learning
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 09:34

Getting started


Where to access your e-books


You can read your e-books on your desktop, tablet or smartphone* when using the miEbooks app.

* see minimum device specs here.

DOWNLOAD E-READER


Minimum device specifications


The miEbooks app is supported on multiple devices. Click here to find out what the minimum device specifications are.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:09
 
How to Purchase ebooks on MyHub
Monday, 12 November 2018 17:52

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:10
 
ITSI eReader (Miebooks)
Monday, 12 November 2018 16:39

The ITSI Reader (miEbooks) is a free e-reader and has been integrated with MyHub.

The e-reader can be downloaded from any of the Apps Stores.

Download MIEBOOKS from the links below

  

Parents log into MyHub and are re-directed to the Curro Custom Store to purchase e-books from a

prescribed booklist as selected by the school.   

Parents can also purchase additional books or download free e-books for the library of more than

42 000 free e-books available on the Store.

Inside the Miebooks App learners can:                        

  • Create notes and freehand drawings
  • Highlight important text
  • Generate summaries
  • Create your own folders and upload content
  • Create flashcards for interactive studying

ITSI will provide online support as well as daily on-site support by our friendly

Grantleigh IT Staff.

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information



Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2018 17:52
 
Device Overview
Monday, 12 November 2018 16:24

For a video animated detailed overview of choosing the right devices, please click HERE

To download the English device brochure below in pdf format, please click HERE

Choosing the right 
DEVICE 
Choosing the right device for 
LEARNING 
A device will play a critical role in the 
learning process. 
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There are a wide variety of devices to choose from 
with many different specifications which inform 
computing power. At Curro we distinguish between 
minimum and recommended device specs. A mini- 
mum device is cheaper and will still operate in the 
Curro is committed 
Curro environment, where recommended devices 
to developing life-long learners who 
enhance and bring a new dimension to the learning 
are equipped to succeed in their work 
experience. 
and personal lives. As we continue to 
Along with the internal device specifications which 
embrace new technologies and teaching 
Impacts performance, it is important to understand 
methodologies, we would like to provide you 
that there are different device factors which are 
with the recommended device specifications 
essentially the size and shape of a device. 
for learners attending Curro schools in 2019. 
All devices have pros and cons whether it be price, 
screen size, mobility or weight. Devices should also 
To enable high-quality learning, 
be rugged enough for the school environment. 
we need to put tools in the hands of the learners. 
Parents and learners need to take all these factors 
Devices are important tools to aid a variety of 
into consideration when choosing the right device 
activities - ranging from viewing and interacting with 
for learning and use at home. 
digital content, using games for learning, research- 
PHONES and TABLETS have smaller screens and 
ing, collating and evaluating data, collaborating and 
no external keyboard which means that they can be 
communicating with other learners, creating and 
used for viewing content, but it is difficult to create 
sharing artefacts or presentations, coding, robotics 
and complete complex assignments on these de- 
and a multitude of other activities. 
vices. 
WINDOWS 2-1N-1s and LAPTOPS have a physical 
keyboard that allows for efficient typing and produc- 
tion of artefacts, assignments and creative work. At 
an additional cost, these devices may have a touch- 
screen for navigation and interaction and stylus for 
digital inking, annotations and note-taking. Some 
2-in-l devices have detachable or swing keyboards, 
which means that the device becomes more mobile 
if the learners need to use them to shoot videos or 
capture data while on the move. 
O 
CURRO 
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Choosing the right DEVICE 
CURRO 
Curro recommends a Windows 10, 2-in-l device. 
Windows 10 is the chosen and supported platform for Curro. Even though 
Android and Apple (iOS) devices will work in the Curro environment, all 
support structures have been standardised for a Microsoft environment. 
MINIMUM AND RECOMMENDED SPECIFICATIONS 
Windows 10 evices (supporte y Curro) 
Minimum 
• 4 GB RAM 
64 GB SSD 
• Wi-Fi 802.1 In 5 Ghz 
• Windows 10 HOME 
• 10' LCD 
• 6-hour battery life 
Recommended 
8 GB RAM 
128 GB SSD 
Wi-Fi 802.11 2x2 AC 
Windows 10 HOME 
NB: Windows 10 devices will be upgraded to Windows 10 Education in agreeance with Micro- 
soft during the onboarding process. For all Curro learners (only while enrolled at Curro), Micro- 
soft Office is available for downloading and for use free of charge from the Office 365 website. 
OTHER DEVICES (compatible with the Curro environment, but not supported) 
ndroid evices 
suppo e y urro 
Tier one Android devices e.g. Samsung, Acer, Asus, Sony, LG 
Minimum 
. • Quad core CPU at 1.3 GHZ processing 
speed 
• 16 GB internal storage space 
2 GB RAM 
• Android version 5.1.1 or higher 
Recommended 
• Quad core CPU at 1.7 GHZ processing 
speed 
• 32 GB internal storage space 
• 4 GB RAM 
• Android version 6 (Marshmallow or 
higher) 
NB: From December 2018, Android version 4.4 (KitKat) - 5.0.0 (Lollipop) will no longer be com- 
patible with miEbooks. 
Minimum 
• iOS 10 or higher 
• iPad 4 and higher, iPad Mini 2 and higher, 
iPad Air or iPad Pro 
• iPhone 6 or higher 
Recommended 
Same as minimum specifications 
NB: From December 2018, iOS 9 will no longer be compatible with miEbooks. 
macOS devices (NOT supported byCurro 
Minimum 
• Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12 
(2013 models and newer) 
Recommended 
Same as minimum specifications 
Request the assistance of the sales person at the store to run the following link on the device 
whilst connected to the Internet. The results will indicate the device performance. 
www.passmark.com/download/pt_download.htm (Minimum score: 600 | Recommended score: 800+) 
It is important that you arrange insurance for your child's device. 
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Cellphone Safety
Monday, 12 November 2018 15:47

Steps taken by the mobile industry to protect children

The mobile networks have advanced technology to assist parents to protect children from accessing adult or inappropriate content on their cellphones. In addition, WASPA, the local industry association, has a protocol to allow consumers to lodge complaints regarding mobile services and SMS spam.

The mobile industry now enables parents (or guardians) to block access to adult content on their children’s cellphones. Vodacom, for example, has a technical tool that allows you to block attempts to access adult content via a cellphone. MTN offers a parental control feature that blocks access to any mobile content. Cell C, however, does not have a technical solution to assist parents in protecting their children from access to adult or other mobile content.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2018 15:48
 
MyHub
Monday, 12 November 2018 15:36

Benefits of using MyHub:

  • Provides one portal for all communication regarding your child and his/her school activities
  • Order school uniforms online – uniforms can only be ordered online
  • See your latest school statements
  • Make payments to your child’s school online quickly and easily

For your convenience:

  • Link the MyHub calendar to your personal Google or Outlook calendar.
  • Download the Curro iPhone and Android app from the App/Play Store to view all communication on your smartphone.
  • Download the Curro desktop app from our website under ‘MyHub Note’. This will ensure that you receive notifications from MyHub straight to your desktop and you can also see detailed notifications on the MyHub site.

Using MyHub:

  • Log on to My Hub with the details you received when you enrolled your child/ren.
  • Please note that the school your child attends will provide a parent code.


How to resolve issues:

  • If you did not receive MyHub login details with your enrolment invoice OR are unable to log in using the details provided, please use the ‘Recover MyHub login details’ function.
  • Please use the account holder’s details provided in the required fields on your child’s enrolment form.
  • Your login details will be sent to the email address stipulated on the recovery form.
  • If this is unsuccessful, you will be directed to a secondary screen where you enter your contact details. A MyHub support representative will respond to your query.
  • If you require login details for more than one parent or more than one family code, or, if your child transferred to a new school, please contact MyHub support for assistance.
  • Please take note that each MyHub profile has its own unique email address. You need an email address for each person who requires login details.
  • Keep your personal information up to date in terms of your address, telephone and cellphone numbers and email address.
  • For any assistance please contact our MyHub support team at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR 087 285 1699.

GRIT Concept Lounge:

  • Once you have logged on to MyHub, select SHOPand proceed to the online store.
  • Select the items to be added to your cart, check out and pay.
  • Expect delivery of your order at your nominated address within four working days. Deliveries are done from Mondays to Fridays, between 08:00 and 17:00.