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Breaking news! SchoolNet Conference announced: 5-7 October 2017 at Brescia House in Johannesburg

We are pleased to announce that SchoolNet SA will be holding an ICT in the Classroom Conference this year. We'd like to invite you to consider attending as a participant, a presenter or an exhibitor.  SchoolNet SA will be celebrating 20 years of leading change in ICT integration for teaching and learning. This celebration will culminate at our national conference which will be held at Brescia House School in Bryanston, Gauteng from 5th- 7th October 2017. At least 500 teachers and Education Department off...

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Mahala launched – all students in South Africa get Microsoft Office for FREE!

Microsoft South Africa and 2Enable are partnering up to offer all South African school learners (ages 8 – 25 years) free access to Microsoft Office across all your devices as well as 1TB of OneDrive. It is obtained through signing up at http://mahala.ms Learners can share their schoolwork and collaborate on all devices and platforms with familiar applications and always-accessible files that update in real time. YES they can use all the apps they know and love across all their favourite devices. They c...

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Creating a Climate for Change in South African Schools

There are a number of aspects to be addressed in schools that are new to technology; one of the most critical  is  the overarching issue of adapting to change, as opposed to adapting to technology-related needs. In recent years SchoolNet SA has discovered  that a change leadership course is a critical ingredient to create that climate for change.  The content for this course was influenced by literature on the key elements of change management and the debates around change leadership in Michael Fullan...

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Teacher Professional Development kicks off in the Telkom Connected Schools Project in Ga-Rankuwa

All grade 8 teachers from Ruabohlale, Seageng, NM Ntsuene, MH Baloyi and Winterveldt High School attended a three-day ICT workshop hosted at Winterveldt High School as part of the Telkom Connected Schools  project in Gauteng. The teachers spent the first 3 days of their April holidays to learn basic ICT skills that could help them prepare lessons for teaching in classrooms that use various learning technologies.  The first day of training allowed the facilitators to split the groups of teachers accordin...

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‘Report back on the E2 Education Exchange – Toronto’ by Megan Rademeyer from SchoolNet

The Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) is Microsoft in Education’s annual event recognizing and celebrating the achievements of educators who combine content, pedagogy, and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success. This year, E2 took place in Toronto, Canada between 21 and 23 March 2017 and included almost 300 teachers and education thought leaders from countries around the world. SchoolNet’s Megan Rademeyer, who is a Microsoft Fellow, attended E2 and presented a session entitled ...

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The South African Department of Basic Education and Sun International partner to enhance the teaching of Hospitality Studies

On Wednesday, 19 April, The  2017Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga launched the Hospitality Studies Digital Curriculum Project in partnership with Sun International at Tembisa High School in Ekurhuleni. The theme of the project is “21st Century Education for 21st Century Hoteliers”.  The minister was joined at the launch by the MEC of Education in Gauteng Mr Panyaza Lesufi, the CEO of Sun International and senior managers from partners including Omashani Naidoo from SchoolNet SA, Barba...

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Minecraft: Education Edition – ideas from the Dubai Minecraft Training Partner Summit

Between 28 February and 2 March 2017 Megan Rademeyer, SchoolNet SA Programmes Manager and Microsoft Fellow had the opportunity to attend the Minecraft: Education Edition training partner summit in Dubai. Sessions included “Learning how to play Minecraft”, engaging in a “Build Battle” (where teams built structures together to try out-build other teams), and exploring “Classroom Mode in Minecraft: Education Edition”. The aim of the training session was to certify trainers from Microsoft Training...

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Intel and the Department of Education provides professional development for Principals in ZF Mgcawu District

A number of technology projects for education are being implemented by the Department of Basic Education and Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services. One of these projects include the Universal Service Obligations rollout where all telecommunication operators are providing ICTs to schools as part of their license agreements with ICASA. All provinces have been offered a full service solution that includes a trolley of tablets, WIFI connectivity, and curriculum-aligned offline DBE content.The De...

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Congratulations to the 17th Annual National Teachers Awards Finalists and Winners

SchoolNet wishes to congratulate the deserving winners and finalists of the 2017 National Teachers Awards. The prestigious ceremony was held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday 25 March and was re-broadcast on SABC 2 on Thursday 30th March The National Teaching Awards were established in 2000 and are now their seventeenth year.  There are twelve categories, comprising a range of accomplishments from excellence in primary school teaching to excellence in Physical Science ...

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A tribute to Nomty Gaba who passed away on 9th March 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nomty Gcaba today, the 9th of March 2017 after a prolonged illness.  Nomty was a much-loved member of SchoolNet South Africa family.  She first became involved with SchoolNet way back in the late 1990s when she was a teacher at Mpophomeni High School in KZN.  For a time Nomty undertook part-time training work for SchoolNet always acting as a peer coach and mentor to her fellow teachers.  By 2005 she moved to Johannesburg to become one of the ful...

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