Kaashifa and Anisa on LearnXtra Live - Top Mindsetters on the page
The day after we reached 10 000 we invited top Mindsetters Kaashifa and Anisa into studio. Kaashifa’s mom Kay drove them all the way from Harrismith in the Freestate so the two girls could take part in LearnXtra Live. Both girls are in grade 12 at Harrismith High School and are in the same class for a few subjects and are best friends.
Knowing that even though Marcelle Cross was indeed our 10 000th Mindsetter, we couldn’t forget those who have been loyal to us the entire time. When the girls arrived we gave them Mindset Books that would help them in their Matric year and also give them the tools to help others in study sessions leading up to the end of the year.
Both girls have been active on the page since early this year, Kaashifa more than Anisa. Kaashifa is always on the page and even watched 319 in the afternoons with her Mother Kay and brother Mohammed in the afternoons.
Kaashifa has formed an online study group and is always helping out on the LearnXtra Facebook page. She has made good friends on the page whom she encourages and inspires, namely Noxypedia and Anele, two other girls who are also active on the page, they help each other out even though they have never even met one another in real life.
Kaashifa explains how she has made friends on the LearnXtra Facebook page and how this platform helps her and it helps other learners. She also explained that by helping other learners on the page she was learning at the same time, deepening her understanding of topics at hand just by discussing them on an online platform.
Why should schools encourage all this sharing and meeting?
Schools should reflect the world we live in today. And we live in a social world. We need to teach students how to be effective collaborators in that world, how to interact with people around them, how to be engaged and informed twenty-first-century citizens. We need to teach kids the powerful ways networking can change the way they look at education, not just their social lives. We don't talk enough about the incredible power of social-networking technology for academic benefit. Let's change the terms. Let's not call it social networking, let's call it academic networking.
Team Mindset gets bigger: Meet the Mindsetter part 2 rolls into action.