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Xander Kids App Reviews: January 2017

This year we are revamping the way we do App reviews. Every month we will be interviewing some awesome kids who have played with the list of apps we send them each month. This month we spoke to Onalo Konono (Aged 7), Onthatile Mogano (Aged 6), and brothers Aobakwe...

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Xander Mom: Njeri Wangari-Wanjohi

  We’re kicking off the new year with an inspiring Xander mom, Njeri from Kenya. She talked to us about her family, her thoughts on technology and education and shared some great parenting tips with us.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Njeri Wangari-Wanjohi. I am a poet,...

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Things to do with Kids this Summer | Cape Town

  Cape Town is amazing during the summer months as the city becomes alive with the unmistakable energy of happiness. There are so many cultures and languages, people of different backgrounds to mingle with, so many fun and exciting activities to take part in and the weather is simply...

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Xander Mom: Anita Boxoza

  This month’s dynamic Xander Mom is Anita Boxoza. She talked to us about her fun a one of our favourite news blogs, Chocolate Hair Sisters, her gorgeous little girls and shared some parenting tips to live by.   Tell us about yourself? I am Anita, a 20 something...

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Meet the Voices: The Xander Spel Kids

The Xander Afrikaans Spel apps were specially created in partnership with WOW (Woorde Open Wêrelde) at the University of Stellenbosch. The WOW national spelling bee is the top Afrikaans school spelling competition in South Africa. Xander used the top spellers in this competition in various grades at a number...

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Things to do with kids (Part 3) Durban

Heading into the school holidays soon and having looked at fun family activities and outings in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, it’s time to look at what Durban has to offer. Learn & Play Image courtesy of Night Jar Travel   uShaka Marine World uShaka Marine World is an...

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Xander visits Durbanville Preparatory

Durbanville Preparatory is a dual-lingual prep-school with classes from Gr 1 – 3 and I, Marga Jonker, am the isiXhosa second additional language teacher. My focus is on the grade 3 pupils with introductory isiXhosa, isiXhosa Second Additional Language. Our theme for this term was My Body.   When...

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Meet the Voices: The Next Generation

In the first installment of our ‘Meet the Voices’ series we met the original group of voices who recorded for Xander apps. Today we will speak to the next generation of voices who were part of Xander’s expansion to new languages and the translation of more apps.   Okwethu Rani...

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Xander Mom: Shiko Nguru

This month we spoke to Kenyan blogger, Shiko Nguru from the blog The Green Calabash about her awesome blog, family and she shared some great parenting tips with us.     Tell us about yourself?   My name is Shiko and I’m the proud mum to a 6 year...

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WOW National Spelling Competition Winners 2016

From the team here at Xander we would like to congratulate all the learners from all over the country who participated in the WOW national Afrikaans spelling competition 2016 finals in Stellenbosch a few weeks ago. Here is a look at the winners in each grade. We’d also like to...

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Meet the Voices: The Originals

So much goes into the creation of an app: The idea, creating a workable app spec, design, UX and of course sound. In the case of Xander the voices we use are crucial to the overall experience of the app. Here at Xander we believe that using a first...

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Online libraries for children

The evolution of education and the inevitable introduction of the EdTech industry has opened a whole new world of learning for our kids. Mobile apps, educational games and digital books are available at the click of a button.   Image courtesy of Collins Freedom to Teach   As one...

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Fun with the kids (Part 2): JHB & PTA

We’ve curated a list of some great family activities to do with your family as the warmer months return. Try them out and let us know what you think.   Johannesburg   Learn & Play   Image courtesy of City Site-Seeing   Johannesburg Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour The Johannesburg Sightseeing...

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Experts: Mobile Developers

This week we took time to speak to the developers who build the Xander apps about their lives, their work and what they think of using apps and mobile technology for educational purposes.   Nico Ungerer   Tell us about yourself and your background? Father of one little princess,...

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Xander Mom: Mariska Burger

We spoke to a dynamic business woman and dotting mom, Mariska Burger, about her work, her family and asked for a few pro tips on coping with a busy toddler while working full time.   Tell us about yourself? I’m a marketing engineer, passionate about people, technology and Africa, and...

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Our Favourite Apps (Part 2)

We’ve been playing with some great apps this month and here is a list of some of our favourites. Try them yourself and tell us what you think.     This is My Story   This Is My Story (And I’m Sticking To It) is an early learning app...

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How to: Buying Apps

Being tech-savvy may be something you haven’t yet embraced. New technology feels overwhelming or may seem like it’ll take too long to “figure out”, and as parents, really, who has extra time? But, there are apps that will save you time in the long run and are worth taking...

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How Tablets Enhance Learning For Young Users

While some consider mobile devices as a distraction, different studies have proven just how effective these tech gadgets can be in enhancing the learning experience for students, specifically younger users.     In particular, the usage of iPads in the classroom through blended learning have been proven several times...

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Fun with the kids (Part 1): Cape Town

With holidays just around the corner and the glorious sun coming out to play, we’ve curated a list of family fun and educational trips for your family. This is for Cape parents and visitors only. Watch this space for other areas coming soon.   Learn & Play   Image courtesy...

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EdTech Expert: Siobhan Thatcher

EdTech is a hot buzz word around the air right now. Being involved in education and technology we take this very seriously and consulted with an expert on the matter.   Tell us about yourself and your background? After leaving school in 2002, I studied Journalism and Linguistics at...

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