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Microsoft MIEExperts bound for Canada

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...

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Intel USO Master Training Mpumalanga, Free State and Gauteng

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...

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A report back on the Education Fast Forward 2018 debate in London

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: https://storify.com/JanetThomson/education-fast-forward-2018 ...

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Did you do the Hour of Code? It is not too late

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...

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Check our stunning 2017 SchoolNet brochure!

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...

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 Technology use in the Classroom – A Massive Opportunity for Language Gains

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 ...

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SchoolNet SA facilitators visit 42 schools involved in the Microsoft and Western Cape School Improvement Project

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...

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Reflections on the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) Conference

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,...

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An Invitation to a SchoolNet webinar ‘Tech-ing Additional Languages’ on Thursday 3 Nov. at 3:30pm

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 details Webinar title: Tech-ing Additional Languages S...

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Apply to be part of the Microsoft Schools Programme in South Africa – closing date 28 October 2016

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 ...

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