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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
Currently there are 135 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts in South Africa and Lesotho. Of these, five have been selected to attend Microsoft’s 3rd annual E² – Education Exchange taking place in Toronto, Canada between 21 and 23 March 2017. This exclusive three-day event will bring together 300 of the most innovative educators from around the world for the opportunity to collaborate, create, and share their experiences on how to integrate technology and pedagogy to advance learning, achiev...Read more
SchoolNet was contracted by Intel to provide Master training on Intel’s Tablets in the Classroom course. As part of the Department of Basic Education, and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services’ mandate to implement Universal Services Obligations by Telecommunication Operators in South Africa, master training was provided to Departmental officials responsible for training in four provinces namely Mpumalanga, Free State, Gauteng and Limpopo. To date, training in three provinces has be...Read more
The evaluator of SchoolNet’s Learning Gains through Play project is Tracey Butchart and she was asked to be on the panel of experts representing South Africa on Monday 23rd January in the Education World Forum in London. Janet Thomson, listened to the debate and compiled this report and Storify.
Read the full report here http://bit.ly/2jKv5qj
Read the Storify tweet collection here:
The Hour of Code movement aims to expose as many people as possible to basic computer programming through completing a series of simple activities that introduce basic computer science concepts. At the end of 2016, Microsoft commissioned SchoolNet SA to facilitate a series of workshops to get as many learners as possible coding using the materials available at code.org/minecraft.
Between 1 – 9 December 2016, 41 face to face workshops and 4 virtual workshops were held and a total of 1 874 learners and 1...Read more
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