Monthly Archives: February 2016

Monthly Archives: February 2016

Monthly Archives: February 2016

Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts heading for Microsoft Global Educator Exchange (E2)

Out of the current 61 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts from South Africa and Lesotho, the following three teachers have been selected to attend the Microsoft Educator Exchange (E2) event taking place in Budapest, Hungary in March 2016: Keshma Patel – Micklefield School, Western Cape Moses Sello Sehoole – Mankuroane Technical and Commercial High, North West Province Tracy Heath – Brescia House School, Gauteng The three teachers have demonstrated a willingness to support their peers...

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Learning Gains through Play Project – Western Cape school visits

Learning Gains through Play project team members Janet Thomson, Hlengiwe Mfeka, Tracey Butchart (project evaluator) and Rodney Nissen (WCED) visited two project schools on Wednesday and Thursday from the 3rd – 4th of February 2016. The new principal of Temperance Town Primary, Mrs Zaibaunesa Windvogel welcomed us into her office, and we had a chat about the project and how she is adapting. She indicated that Grade R teachers were not comfortable with the project visit at the beginning of the ...

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Intel hosts Master training for two courses on the Integration of Tablets in the Classroom

The South African educational world is currently in a precarious position as schools grapple with decisions around BYOD (Bring your own device), tablets vs laptops, WIFI connectivity vs servers etc. In the midst of these dilemmas education professionals firmly believe that without teacher professional development (TPD) there will be insufficient adoption of new technologies to transform teaching and learning, or to make any significant change to our current education system. This Intel master training a...

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Join the EdTechTeam for the 2016 South Africa Summit featuring Google for Education – at Dainfern College in September…

Learn how to use Google Apps for Education and other technologies to enhance your teaching in engaging sessions led by Google Certified Innovators and Trainers and local GAFE rockstars. Sessions will cover a wide range of applications for beginner and experienced GAFE users, for classroom teachers, administrators, tech coordinators, and anyone interested in learning how Google's free suite of tools for education can enhance student learning. September 1 | Pre-Summit Workshops | $199/...

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Creating Sustainable Lives – A case study of youth in South Africa

An excellent research study conducted by Sophia Alexandrina Kousiakis, a Master of Philosophy in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oslo. At a time when globally youth unemployment is on the rise and the needs of youth are moving up on the agenda, the research aims to explore in particular the experiences of marginalized youth in South Africa. Through comparatively exploring the experiences of youth from rural, township and urban backgrounds and their participation in a ...

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Microsoft Trainer Validation Workshops run in South Africa and Kenya

There are a number of great new Microsoft tools including Sway, Office Mix and OneNote Class Notebook as well as online Microsoft courses including Teaching with Technology and 21st Century Learning Design. Many of these tools and courses are available through the Microsoft Educator Community at no cost to teachers. The intention of the Microsoft Trainer Validation Workshops, which were held in Johannesburg in November 2015 and Nairobi, Kenya in December 2015, were to show trainers and people respon...

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Report back on 12th Intel Education Summit:  Gaming in Education

Intel Education Summit: SchoolNet’s Executive Director, Janet Thomson was fortunate enough to be invited to Intel’s 12th Education Summit in London in December.  The theme was Gaming and Education which related directly to our Learning Gains through Play project and was consequently of immediate and vital interest. Janet’s report contains links to the Summit keynotes and workshop presentations. Read more about the Gaming in Education Summit on our website here   &nbs...

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Women benefit from Implementation of Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Gender and ICT Strategy

Since August 2015, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) has been hosting symposiums in various provinces to promote its Gender and ICT Strategy. One of the drivers for change is its offering of Digital Literacy programmes to women to afford them opportunities to leverage the use of ICT skills to seek gainful employment and formulate entrepreneurship thinking in their approach to employment. Three workshops were hosted for women living in or in surrounding areas within Central ...

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Rate SchoolNet on SchoolAdvisor and be in line to win a trip to Mauritius!

SchoolNet is now listed on the SchoolAdvisor website. This is a new online platform that brings schools and suppliers together, by hosting an ever increasing base of school suppliers and the services that they offer, and allowing schools to search for, get quotes and rate suppliers directly. We believe that this platform will help you to find the best supplier or product for your needs, and ensure that you receive the best service – as suppliers are kept accountable by constant review and feedback...

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