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Help our Heroes ~ Empowering teachers to integrate technology

location_on South Africa

Limina's online PD courses equip teachers with digital skills to integrate tech into each subject area to transform teaching & learning.

If we want to see innovation in schools, we must get teachers to innovate with tech. Teachers may know how to use technology privately or for admin, but may not know how to integrate it into subject teaching. Our accredited online courses are completed online & equip teachers with subject, pedagogical & integration knowledge to innovate online and offline solutions for their classroom practices.


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May 2020
We should not underestimate the changes needed or how difficult it is for teachers to integrate technologies in practices, materials, beliefs and skills for online and blended learning.

About the innovation

Help our Heroes learn to integrate technology for online learning!

What we do?

At Limina we develop research-based professional development online courses for K-12 teachers that equip them with the knowledge and skills to integrate technologies and design online, distant and blended learning that is subject and grade specific. Our courses model transformative pedagogies, active and reflective learning, and develop digital skills and competencies to enable teachers to create and innovative with technologies. 

Why we do it?

If we want to transform teaching, we have to equip teachers with the dispositions to innovate and create, to take risks and experiment with technologies or without it. Teachers are the gatekeepers to change in education. To transform how teaching and learning happens, we need to inspire teachers, ignite their excitement and passion for teaching again and spread this to their learners and colleagues. Excited teachers make for excited learners. We firmly believe that by investing in teachers we are scaling our investment in a positive, brighter future.


World Literacy Summit 2020
In 2019, Limina and the Western Cape Education Department collaborated to develop a Language Across the Curriculum open online course for teachers as part of UNESCO's Open Education for a Better World project. Children in South Africa's schools speak up to 11 official languages and with the influx of immigrant workers, many additional languages are spoken. While children may receive home language education up to Grade 3 in one of South Africa's official languages, in most schools English is the language of learning and teaching from Grade 4 onwards. However, up to 65% of the country's children never or only sometimes hear English at home, meaning they only hear English at school. They are expected to learn all their subjects in a language they rarely hear at home and which their parents or adult care-givers cannot help them. The problem is that very few subject teachers are equipped to teach language skills to learners from Grade 4 and older. Recognising this tremendous challenge, the WCED and Limina decided to create a free / open online professional development course that teachers can access and use to teach language skills in their different subject areas. Using design-thinking, the course was iteratively developed in close collaboration with the subject leaders of the province and built by Limina's learning design team. It is currently included in the provincial 5 year Reading strategy for roll-out to all teachers across the Western Cape. The presentation to the World Literacy Summit shared our work and progress in building the course.  The next iteration of the course looks specifically at Reading skills in each subject area. As soon as we have a sponsor, we can start working on that.
Limina launches Integrating EdTechs in languages course
At Limina we create online courses to support teachers' professional development in each subject area. Each course is developed in close collaboration with the education department and piloted with subject advisors who critique and advise on improvements. The Integrating EdTechs in Languages course was piloted with Language Subject Advisors from the Western Cape Education Department in February 2020. They repeatedly commented that they would not change anything about the course and that every single aspect was extremely useful to every language teacher. As can be seen in the video, all our courses make use of free tools and resources that teachers can use on multiple devices and across different platforms. Where possible we include tools that can be used in online and offline contexts, and in low bandwidth regions as well. The Integrating EdTechs in Languages course consists of 10 modules and teachers take approximately 30-40 hours to complete it.

Implementation steps

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The Limina Effect NPO partners with government departments, other NGOs, funders, organisations and individuals to bring the highest quality, online professional development from the various Limina online courses to teachers. We don't believe in working in silos but work with our partners and especially the education department to holistically support teachers and schools to transform teaching and learning.

To partner with us, follow these steps:

1) Decide to Help a Hero

2) Contact us and let's get the ball rolling! You can email us at admin@limina.co.za or call at 0027 21 201 7251 

3) We take it from there: Once we receive the funds, we contact the relevant education departments or partners to recruit teachers in tech-enabled schools. They help us choose teachers who they can support and follow-up. This holistic model means teachers are supported and hold themselves accountable for the opportunities they receive.

4) Keep up to date with the teachers you sponsor. We keep you informed (if you're keen). We share how your teachers are progressing through their courses and with their permission, share the work they produce with you. 

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