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Peter Rafferty confirmed as keynote presenter for the SchoolNet SA ICT in the classsroom’ conference 5-7 October

We are delighted to announce that that Peter Rafferty from the UK, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the SchoolNet SA conference. Up until 2016 Peter Rafferty was a primary school teacher and digital leader at Green Park Primary School just outside Liverpool in the UK. As well as being a successful and enthusiastic teacher, he was at forefront of educational blogging in the UK starting  the www.greenparkschool.org.uk blog in 2005. This early adoption of technologies to support teaching and l...

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Register for the SchoolNet SA ICT in the Classroom conference before 31 August 2017 – and pay the early bird fee

The SchoolNet SA ICT in the Classroom conference is just over two months away.  If you have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible to get the discounted price. Delegates who register before 31 August 2017 will pay R1 000 per person including VAT. Registrations from 1 September 2017 will be at a rate of R1 140 per person including VAT. Presenters, whose speaker proposals are accepted for the conference, will have their conference fee waived. So if you would like to apply to present ...

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Stephen Reid confirmed as keynote presenter for the SchoolNet SA conference

We are thrilled to announce that Stephen Reid, director and creative genius of Immersive Minds has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the SchoolNet SA conference. Stephen will be presenting the keynote address entitled “Emerging Technology in Education” at the conference opening on 5 October 2017. This session will explore how teachers can use a range of tools including Minecraft: Education Edition, Sketchfab, TinkerCAD, 3DPrinting, VR, 360 cameras, OneNote, 3D Paint and more in creative an...

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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, 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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