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Standing Room Only @SchoolNetSA 2017 Conference

The Deputy Minister wowed delegates with his opening address at the 2017 ICT in the Classroom Conference held at Brescia House School in Johannesburg at the weekend.Speaking from the heart, the Deputy Minister of Education delivered a most engaging opening address to the 2017 SchoolNet South Africa teachers’ conference. Delegates felt they were being treated to a real-life insight into the national department´s thinking. Not only was the address pitched at teachers and the most crucial issues facing th...

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Free 365Edu Summit in Johannesburg 28-29th October 2017 at Brescia House School

Here's an event you do not want to miss! It's the Microsoft Free 365Edu Summit to be held in Johannesburg 28-29th October 2017 at Brescia House School. This will be a fun, high energy weekend networking with renowned educators and with the latest technologies embedded into the event. 365edu is all about inspiring growth and change in teaching and learning. You are already an amazing teacher, and you will leave this event with confidence in tools and strategies you can put into practice the very next day...

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Update on Telkom’s R200 million Investment in Education

The Telkom Foundation announced its  major investment in education earlier this year when it pledged more than R 200 million over the next five years to contribute towards improving the quality of teaching and learning with a specific focus on Mathematics, Science, English and Technology in disadvantaged communities. The programme is being rolled out in five Ga-Rankuwa schools in Tshwane West, Gauteng and will expand to two schools in Despatch, in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.  The schools in Ga-Ranku...

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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, they are also trying to offer all students Printing Services for free for them to be able to do any school tasks. 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 tha...

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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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