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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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Telkom Supports Learners in Tshwane West

Telkom Foundation is working with the Gauteng Department of Education in Ga-Rankuwa (Tshwane West) to showcase the power of teaching with learning technologies. Five schools were selected to participate in the project and will see renovations in all grade 8 classrooms, additional security linked to the Police services, curriculum-aligned multimedia rich content via ExtraMarks and various training opportunities from SchoolNet SA for appointed ICT Champions who will provide dedicated technical support, Chan...

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Would your public school like to be involved in this Level Up Village – SchoolNet South Africa Global Partnership? Apply before 10 March 2017

This is a call for motivations from SA Primary schools to participate in this collaborative project with Level Up Village (LUV). They will train a SNSA trainer, who in turn will help the school with face to face workshops and encourage the school and teachers to complete the programme. This will help us prove a concept for further partnerships.Level Up Village (LUV) and SchoolNet SA will work together to implement three LUV courses in a South African public school. The school will be selected based on thr...

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SchoolNet and DRDAR’s work together to assist in the Clean-up of Bethania Secondary School

The province of the Eastern Cape is plagued by historical backlogs in the provision of universal access of basic services. Provision of ICT is a critical issue identified in the NDP and PDP. There is a greater demand now more than ever before to close the rural-urban digital divide in Eastern Cape. The Department of Rural and Agrarian Development (DRDAR) plans to kick-start a project that will help coordinate and attract investors to Rural ICT programmes in the Province. The plan is to expand ICT projects...

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School Transformation Survey – How does your school measure up?

SchoolNet is currently involved in a number of projects that involve supporting schools over a period of time by providing professional development and mentorship for teachers. One of the tools that we are using to measure impact is the recently relaunched Microsoft School Transformation Survey – previously known as the Partners in Learning School Research tool. This free online tool supports the leadership of 21st century pedagogy by surveying teachers and school leaders to investigate their percepti...

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