Two South African teachers highlighted in the Global Classroom Project awards

Submitted by Fiona Beal with permission from Karen Stadler

We, at Schoolnet, are very proud of two of our teachers from South Africa who have been highlighted as ‘Global Lead Teachers’ in the Global Classroom Project. Karen Stadler is the ICT Integration Co-ordinator for Elkanah House’s Senior Primary campus in Cape Town. She keeps a blog called All Things ICT.  Brenda Hallowes is from Cotswold Preparatory School in Port Elizabeth and we featured one of her posts on our SchoolNet blog yesterday.  I asked Karen if I could use the blogpost she wrote in response to the honour she and Brenda received and here it is…

Karen’s blog called ‘All Things ICT’

Karen relates:

“On Friday afternoon, 16 November, I took part in the Global Classroom Project 2012 -2013 launch presentation, which was one of the presentations in the Global Education Conference 2012, a free online conference connecting educators and organisations worldwide. It started on Monday, 12 November and ran around the clock for five days!

I was invited to take part by Michael Graffin (@mgraffin), co-founder of the Global Classroom Project and I was truly honoured to do so. I spoke about why global interaction and collaboration in education is important and I also reflected on her own project, Crazy Crazes, which is currently underway ( and other highlights of 2012. Four of our Grade 4 pupils also shared their experiences and they did so well. I am so proud of how well they spoke and how they handled themselves! This was a wonderful opportunity and we were very proud to promote our school on this global platform.

This excerpt from Michael’s post in the Global Classroom Project blog, brought a lump to my throat. He says:
But perhaps the most emotional moment was when we handed over the microphone to some of our #globalclassroom students – from Elkanah House, in Cape Town, South Africa. THANK YOU to Sarah, Abigail, Tyra, and Matthew – you did yourselves proud! And thank you to their wonderful teacher, Karen Stadler (@ICT_Integrator) who made it all possible.” 

Michael Graffin’s acknowledgement of Karen and her students

To read more about the presentation and listen to the recording of this event, look here.

At the end of the presentation Michael Graffin announced the inauguration of the annual“Global Classroom Lead Teacher” Award, which recognises teachers who’ve made an extraordinary contribution to the development and success of the #globalclassroom community over the past year. Imagine my surprise when I saw my name on that list, along with 25 other amazing, dedicated teachers from around the world! Brenda Hallowes from Cotswold Preparatory School in Port Elizabeth and I were both named – the only two teachers from Africa!

So now I get to add this lovely badge to my blog:


Please pop on over to the Global Classroom Project blog and see what amazing connections are being made and how, as a #globalclassroom community, we can make a difference to the way in which our children learn and how they see themselves as global citizens of the world!”

Thank you Karen, and a million congratulations to you and Brenda from PE from all of us!

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