SchoolNet SA’s purpose is to act as a catalyst and an enabler of change for the education system in order to contribute to effective educational outcomes and diversity in the South African learning environment.
Fundamental teaching methodology has not evolved to keep in line with technological development. Research findings in the area of psychology, physiology and neurology are shedding light on the way in which people think and learn. Until recently, there has been no way for us to take full advantage of our capabilities. Now, with the increasing improvement and affordability of ICT we are beginning to see the potential of the multi-dimensional ICT resources that could enhance teaching and learning.
Creating the ICT infrastructure is merely the beginning. It becomes more than just a medium for new content, methodologies, facilitation and interaction. Through our educator development programmes we hope to develop educators and learners who are keen to explore new ideas and think innovatively.
In 2011 SchoolNet embarked on its Premium Member strategy to compliment its broad-based approach to training teachers. It is designed to lift out teachers who want to actively pursue more intense programmes of professional development and grow into innovative educators integrating ICT across the curriculum and in the broader school context.
Tom Whitby’s blog from Edutopia January 16th 2014 sums up our current situation: “A digitally literate culture should be teaching its children how to use the devices of choice to access, curate, communicate, collaborate with and create information. Content is now accessible anywhere at any time. What to do with it when accessed is what we need to teach.”