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Congratulations to the #MatricClass2022

Congratulations to the #MatricClass2022. We are proud to see your achievement in 2022, and this despite the effects of COVID on your foundation learning for Grade 10 and 11. We wish you all the best and further success in 2023 and beyond. The matric results once again shine a spotlight on the massive public sector cohort with just over 900 000 students registered for the exams, and of these 725 146 were full-time registered candidates. The 2022 results show a 3,7% increase since last year to a 80,1% pass rate. The Free ...

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Learning through stories and play

In this blog, SchoolNet South Africa extends the conversation about the Pedagogy of Play by exploring playful learning as showcased in the ICT4RED Teacher Professional Development Course offered to educators.  In each of the ten modules offered in the course, teachers learn about digital content, use of digital technologies and importantly focus on how to embed innovative teaching strategies, and relevant assessment tools to create interesting learning opportunities that embed the joy into learning for both teachers a...

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Rethinking pre-service teacher education to embrace play and learning

“Young people entering teacher education don’t see a relationship between play and learning,” Sarah Gravett, Professor of Education at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), began the dialogue with a plea to address this perception in pre-service teacher programmes.  Even though this statement reflects the views of those interviewed for a study she supervises, it serves as a window to gauge the thinking of pre-service teachers. This position was also evident in another project Gravett oversees, in which in-service...

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Teacher well-being and mental health resource package

In the month of October, SchoolNet South Africa launched the #SupportOurTeachers mini-campaign. The #SupportOurTeachers mini-campaign coincided with Teacher Appreciation Month, World Teachers’ Day on 5 October, and Mental Health Awareness for the duration of the month. The mini-campaign aimed to raise awareness of building strong support structures for teachers to be confident when using technology. The question of well-being and wellness are equally important in the conversation of building strong support structures...

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