Learning Gains for Play project: Report on the RASA and PARFA 2015 Conference in Cape Town

The Reading Association of South Africa and the Pan-African Reading for All Conference was held at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town from 2nd – 5th September.   The theme was Imagination and Literacy.   SchoolNet‘s D. G. Murray Trust project, Learning Gains through Play, fitted this theme well and, therefore, a project team of six was selected to make a presentation. The team included Noxolo Buyeye (Solomon Qatyana Primary) Nthabiseng Hlela (Nogqaza Primary) Ella Klaasens (Temperance Town Primary) Hlengiwe Mfeka, Janet Thomson from SchoolNet and Tracey Butchart, the LGP project evaluator. The video of Adele Driessen telling the story of a below-average learner using the Xbox in her class was shown early and started the presentation on a strong note.  All three teachers showed videos of their classrooms and Noxolo and Nthabi spoke authoritatively about their experiences and their learners. Nthabi’s topic was demonstrating how the teaching strategy of learning stations works with tablets in her classroom.  Her video is on the SchoolNet YouTube channel here. Tracey wrapped up our presentation by summarising her most recent (July) findings. Most of the data was so convincingly positive in favour of the project schools in contrast to the control schools, that the project team felt a sense of achievement.

Read the full report on our website here