SNAPPLIFY BRINGS CONTENT AND TEACHER TRAINING TO THE POP-UP CLASSROOM AT FACTRETON PRIMARY SCHOOL

The CDF is about putting connections together.  And it is keenly interested in enabling working digital ecosystems. In the case of Factreton Primary School, the school had been donated a pop-up digital classroom, but this classroom had not since been utilized to its full potential.  In mid-2017, the CDF set about digging a little deeper with the help of Factreton Principal, Mr P.J. McEvoy, to understand why the pop-up classroom is not being utilised as it should. “We have found that the main barrier to usage is the lack of relevant content,” says Emma Kaye, Executive Director of the CDF.  “The school needs to have access to the curriculum and to familiar books in a digital format, in an environment… Continue reading

CAN CRYPTOCURRENCIES BE A MORE RELIABLE FORM OF CURRENCY IN EMERGING MARKETS?

A study released last week by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, which gathered data from more than 100 cryptocurrency companies, estimated that there are up to 5.8 million active users of cryptocurrencies in the world, of which Africa and the Middle East makes up less than 1% of market share, with cryptocurrency Bitcoin taking a 72 percent share of the market. What is a cryptocurrency? A cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange such as the US dollar. Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, appeared in January 2009.

2U TO ACQUIRE CAPE TOWN-BASED START-UP GETSMARTER FOR US$103M – APPROX R1,4BN

Who is GetSmarter? GetSmarter is an online education company based in Cape Town and London that collaborates with leading universities to offer premium online short courses to working professionals. Its portfolio includes about 70 short courses offered with its university partners. It operates under a revenue-share model with its university clients. Nasdaq-listed technology education company 2U has announced it is acquiring Cape Town-based start-up GetSmarter for US$103m (about R1,4bn).

IN THE NEWS: FAR-REACHING POLICY AND ESSENTIAL RESEARCH

DTPS AND TELECOMS INDUSTRY REACH COMPROMISE OVER NATIONAL INTEGRATED ICT WHITE PAPER  The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), Siyabonga Cwele, has announced a compromise regarding the implementation of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, published in the Government Gazette on 3 October 2016. The ICT White Paper, not only set aside all unassigned spectrum for a single national wholesale network, it contains wording that suggests the government wants to take back the spectrum networks are currently using.