19
July
2017

Media Literacy and Fake News

Students today have access to online information all day every day, and at the same time there are more and more fake news websites being created and shared unthinkingly.  It is essential in this environment that students be guided in how to evaluate online information.  Several web resources are now available to assist teachers with this and this review considers two of them: Checkology and Common Sense Media.

Categories: Web Watch

12
May
2017

Infographic Tools

Convey information in an appealing manner

Many of today’s students have a preference for visual media over text-based ones, so the use of infographics has become popular for conveying information in an appealing way.  With numerous free tools available online for creating infographics, you can get your learners to sum up or re-create their understanding of a topic or process using a medium they are bound to enjoy.

Categories: Web Watch

17
April
2017

To Ebook or Not?

Are eBooks still the rage that they were 3 years ago?

Categories: Product News

06
March
2017

Re-Thinking Education in Fast-Changing Times

Looking back over the past year, there have been some major changes and surprises in various parts of the world, and it is no doubt clear to all that change is tough and unpredictable. It’s also happening faster than ever before and many of its consequences remain unpredictable. Are our schools really preparing students for this reality?

Categories: Web Watch, Macrat Musings

14
February
2017

For the love of poetry

WEB WATCH
When new poems are prescribed we often groan as it means more work for us; but usually, once we have started to delve into the background of the poet and explored the content of the poem, excitement begins to build as we uncover meanings, themes and ideas.

Categories: Web Watch

04
February
2017

The Ratpack comes of age

To celebrate the Ratpack’s 21st year in production, Macrat plans to honour our regular contributors by including a short biography in this year’s issues. One of our contributors responded with the following message: “21 years of the Ratpack! Can it be? I have every issue from the first volume, filed in lever-arch binders in my study at home. While paging through the various Ratpacks, I am struck by the wealth of material that is available for English teachers.”

Categories: Product News

21
November
2016

Does it matter when your child starts school?

Does holding back your child a year mean they will do better at school?

The answer to these important questions – of course – is dependent on the child – and it also depends on the school and the teachers at the school. By law, in South Africa, children should start Grade 1 when they are six years old – or more specifically they can only start school when they are five years old if they are turning six before 30 June of that year. However in practice, many parents keep their children back to ensure they are more mature when they start Grade 1. This means that most children turn seven in Grade 1. So in theory your five-year-old could be in the same class as someone who is 18 or more months older than your child. By law, the difference in age is not meant to be more than two years.

Categories: Macrat Musings

03
November
2016

Create authentic-looking newspaper articles

A great way of getting learners to re-create their understanding of a topic in a different medium is the use of the newspaper report, with headline and article. An easy to use and fun digital tool on www.fodey.com allows them to do this with an authentic-looking result. 

Categories: Web Watch

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