Pauline Skosana – 21st Century Learning Dimensions
Pauline Skosana has been teaching for 30 years. She attended the Microsoft 21st Century Learning Design course to find out how to structure her lessons to ensure that they not only cover the topics included in the curriculum, but that they also help to develop 21st century skills such as collaboration, self-regulation and effective communication. She found that whilst this course went through some examples of how technology could be used to enhance learning, the overall focus of the course was on developing skills which are essential life skills. This appealed to Pauline as her school does not have much access to technology but she believed she could apply the learnings of the course to any lesson whether or not it would use technology.
Peter de Lisle – Office 2016 and Windows for Enhanced Learning
Peter de Lisle came to Hilton College as Head of IT, but is now more involved with curriculum and administration of the school’s learning platforms. Peter says: “I teach English and Life Orientation, and I have been part of an amazing team working on a cross-curricular Grade 8 programme which we call the Learning Journey. It is an attempt to teach foundational academic, research, thinking and ICT skills, as well as core attitudes to work. I also am involved with the fairly extensive research essay which all our Grade 11s undertake.” Boys at Hilton use their devices and a range of productivity tools such as Word and OneNote to gather their information and to write their final essays, but the focus of these tasks is on the research process and the final product – not the tools which help to facilitate this.
Adil Mungalee – Using One Note
Adil Mungalee is the Deputy Principal of Dr Yusuf Dadoo Primary School in Roodepoort and the 2015 winner of the Gauteng Teachers Awards for the ICT Enhanced Teaching and Learning category. Adil has made extensive use of OneNote to set up a paperless filing system for himself and his colleagues which has been widely shared with other schools in his district.
Sarietjie Musgrave – Peer Coaching for staff development (2016)
Former Microsoft Innovative Teacher and current Microsoft Mentor, Sarietjie Musgrave has been conducting Peer Coaching through the ICTISE unit of the University of Free State for a number of years. The Peer Coaching program empowers teachers to encourage their colleagues to integrate ICT into teaching and aims to get the support of the principal to do this as part of a whole school professional development model.
Keshma Patel – Using Minecraft to promote creativity, collaboration and problem solving (2016)
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Grade 6 teacher at Micklefield Primary School for Girls, Keshma Patel has used Minecraft with her class to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem solving. Keshma wanted to use the world’s most popular game as a tool for learning and introduced Minecraft in her classroom with great success, despite not being a Minecraft expert.
Mochudu Machaba – Inspiring colleagues through Teaching with Technology (2016)
Mochudu Machaba, a Grade 5 and 6 teacher at Ngwanamago Primary School near Polokwane, Limpopo has completed the online Microsoft Teaching with Technology course and is Microsoft Certified Educator. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Mochudu is often asked to train other teachers in her district and uses the Teaching with Technology course for this.
Mabore Lekalakala – Using the Microsoft Educator Community to access professional development (2016)
Mabore Lekalakala, a Mathematics and Computer Literacy teacher at Toronto Primary School in Limpopo, orientates colleagues to the Microsoft Educator Community and encourages them to complete online professional development. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Mabore uses the Microsoft Educator Community to interact with teachers across the globe and to share lesson resources.
Kathryn Riva – A Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert uses Sway as a presentation tool (2016)
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Kathryn Riva, a Grade 5 teacher from Micklefield School in Cape Town, has developed and shared a range of blended learning projects. Kathryn has used Sway to create professional looking presentations to use in staff development sessions and she has also encouraged the girls she teaches to use Sway as a presentation tool.
Comparison of Universal Service Obligation (USO) Solutions X Touch and Intel Devices (2016)
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in collaboration with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) requested SchoolNet to compare two solutions being rolled out as part of the Universal Service Obligations (USO). The USO is an ICASA-led initiative where telecommunications operators in South Africa provide ICT infrastructure solutions to at least 300 schools per year until their licenses are renewed for the next period of time.
Brescia House School – Showcasing their Innovation (2015)
Brescia House School was selected as a Microsoft Showcase School in 2015 for the ways in which they are transforming their school through technology. The two principals at Brescia House School have a goal to make digital technology as available and easy-to-use as paper, pencil, and books were in the 20th century learning process and the uptake of technology by teachers at their school shows that this is working.
Linda Foulkes – A Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert uses OneNote to share resources (2015)
Linda Foulkes believes that the potential of OneNote for Education is unlimited. In addition to showing teachers how they can use OneNote as a tool to organize lessons, collect resources and set up class activities, Linda actively uses OneNote to curate and share resources that teachers can use to integrate technology into their lessons.
Phuti Ragophala – A Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert inspires others to use technology (2015)
Phuti Ragophala, the principal of Pula Madibogo Primary School in Limpopo uses technology to enhance teaching and learning despite the challenges of limited resources and overpopulated classrooms. This Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert not only sets up projects for her learners to develop 21st century skills she also trains teachers in her community to access Microsoft online courses and tools so that they can also engage their learners using technology.
Karen Stadler – A Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert uses Skype to Save our Rhinos (2015)
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Karen Stadler from Elkanah House School in Cape Town has used technology to make learners in over 100 classes in 55 countries aware of the plight of rhinos in South Africa. As part of Stadler’s “Save our Rhinos” project Skype was used extensively to allow teachers and learners to collaborate and communicate with an expert from another country.
Warren Sparrow – A Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert using Office 365 for staff collaboration (2015)
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Warren Sparrow is the Head of ICT at Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School in Cape Town. This school has deployed Office 365 as the platform for staff to receive e-mails and share files and some grades are now using this platform to work collaboratively on planning documents.
Free State Department of Education – Commitment to an eLearning Pathway (2014)
The Free State Department of Education is committed to implementing a formal learning pathway for teachers in the Free State. Instead of offering one course on basic computer literacy and then moving on to the next school, schools in the Free State are selected each year to work through a number of courses. Since 2010 the Free State Department of Education has commissioned SchoolNet SA to offer the Microsoft Partners in Learning ICT Skills for Teachers, HelpDesk and ICT Leadership for Education Managers courses to teachers from approximately twenty schools per year.
Observatory Girls Primary School – Making the most of professional development in ICT Skills (2013)
The Microsoft Partners in Learning ICT Skills for Teachers course contains almost 40 scenarios that directly relate to the work of teachers. Teachers at Observatory Girls Primary School chose to attend the ICT Skills for Teachers course to boost their own professional skills and completed portfolios of documents that they were going to use in their classrooms.
Free State Innovative Schools – Empowering themselves with resources available (2013)
In 2011 five under-resourced schools in the Bloemfontein area, namely Vulamasongo, Moemedi, Kaelang, CommTech and Kopanong, were invited to be part of a three year project to localise the Microsoft Innovative Schools Toolkit. During this time they received mentorship and support from both Eunice High School and the ICTISE Division of the University of Free State. In addition to working through the Microsoft materials, the schools also formed a network of peer support and learnt from one another.
Brescia House School – Where learning is always on (2013)
At Brescia House School every grade 10 girl has a laptop. The AlwaysOn-Learning Solution (built using Office 365) has been implemented at Brescia House to provide a portal for sharing resources, completing administrative tasks and encouraging communication and collaboration within classes.
St Cyprian’s – An innovative school that uses technology to improve learning (2012)
St Cyprian’s was selected as a Microsoft Innovative Pathfinder school in 2010 and is currently a Microsoft World Tour School. This case study describes a range of innovative teaching and learning practices adopted by teachers at St Cyprians to ensure that learners cover curriculum content and develop 21st century skills.
Mamoeketsi Primary School – Innovation in Challenging Environments (2012)
In the challenging context of a Lesotho primary school, Mamoeketsi Primary School, Microsoft Innovative Teacher winner Moliehi Sekese encourages learners to use technology in their science studies and prides herself on making children aware of how both computers and their environment have the potential to improve their lives.