SchoolNet SA has always been involved in cutting edge initiatives that use innovative approaches to enhance digital learning. SchoolNet’s core focus is transformation through digital learning. We advocate learning approaches that engage learners and the use of digital tools and resources to motivate teachers and senior managers to improve their practice. SchoolNet’s work falls into the following roles: advocacy related to the effective use of technology in teaching and learning; the evaluation of lear...Read more
This learning brief shares the findings of the research conducted over the past three years in our Learning Gains through Play project which has tracked the development of two cohorts of Foundation Phase learners. These learners have experienced a technology-enabled, play-infused learning environment from Grade R and while five foundational literacies have been assessed each year, this learning brief focused only on the acquisition of oral English skills.
Read more of our research findings here
Recently Microsoft and the Western Cape Education Department delivered 100 Windows 10 tablets to 42 Western Cape Schools that would otherwise never be able to afford such devices. Selected Grade 1,2 and 3 teachers from each school, along with teachers from other schools in the vicinity, were provided with a day’s training presented by SchoolNet facilitators. These teachers shared what they had learned with the rest of their staff when they returned to their schools, and the schools implemented a plan fo...Read more
The 2016 annual Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) Conference was held at Clarendon Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal from 30 September to 2 October. SchoolNet South Africa had 3 presentations accepted which had all emanated from the DT Murray Trust-funded project, Learning Gains through Play in the Primary. Our teachers from the Learning Gains project were : Mpumelelo Hadebe from Qhamukile Primary in Mpophomeni in KZN, Lizeka Melapi from Nomsa Mapongwana in the Western Cape,...Read more
We are pleased to announce that our next free webinar, Tech-ing Additional Languages, will be held this week on Thursday 3rd November at 3:30pm. Our speaker will be Bronwyn Desjardins, an Educational Technology Coach at St Stithians Girls’ Preparatory in Johannesburg. Bronwyn is an Apple Distinguished Educator with 18 years of teaching experience. We will be using the Adobe Connect webinar platform for the webinar. Please join us if you can.
Webinar title: Tech-ing Additional Languages
Is your school actively using technology to improve teaching and learning? Is your school using (or considering deploying) Office 365 for use in school administration and the classroom? Are your school leaders using technology to assist with school transformation? Would your school like technical support and professional development from Microsoft to make better use of your Microsoft technology for education?
If you have answered “yes” to these questions, consider signing your school up to be part of ...Read more
In order to recognise teachers who are using technology to enhance education, SchoolNet SA sponsored prizes for the teachers placing first, second and third in the ICT-Enhanced Education Category of the National Teachers Awards. This prize comprised a SchoolNet SA facilitated course for each of the three winner’s schools as well as an opportunity to attend a conference focusing on ICT in education. The winners all chose to attend the EdTEch Team’s Google Apps for Education Summit held at Dainfern Coll...Read more
Peer coaches from the Western Cape in the Learning Gains through Play project gathered at Temperance Town Primary in Strand for their second training workshop. Hlengiwe Mfeka, the project manager and the peer coaching facilitator provides an account of this valuable training session.
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The Telkom Foundation, as one of the key sponsors to the 2015 IDOLS SA event, encouraged IDOLS fans to nominate, through social media forums, schools that needed ICT support. Three of these schools would be selected to receive an ICT lab with an interactive whiteboard, projector, printer, and ICT Training for Educators and the Leadership of the school. Fans responded positively to the call and the selected schools were Eden Park Primary School (Gauteng), Mzingwezi High School (Kwa-Zulu Natal) and Gamohana...Read more
On Thursday afternoon 25th August we held a webinar entitled, ‘How to create a tour with Google Earth’ using SchoolNet’s Adobe Connect platform. Our speakers were Keshma Patel, Grade 6 teacher and Judi Francisco, IT Co-ordinator at Micklefield Primary School in Cape Town. The webinar presentation is available online in SlideShare. The recording and a downloadable Google Earth How-to is also available on our blog. Find out more here