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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 w...

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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 sup...

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All the best to Class of 2022: Words of encouragement to learners writing the final matric examination

For any learner, the time for writing the final examination is both thrilling and nerve-racking. If you feel overwhelmed, take a break and breathe. SchoolNet South Africa conveys its good wishes to learners sitting for the 2022 matric examinations. It is important to believe in yourself. Hard work through studying and preparing for the subjects you are going to write, is important to reach your goals. The journey leading up to this time of writing your examination has had it up and down moments. Focus on ...

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Dialogue: Supporting Play Pedagogy

SchoolNet South Africa wishes to invite you to a dialogue titled: The Pedagogy of Play, Coding and Robotics, and Technology in Education. The event is going to be held at The Forge, 87 De Korte St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001. It starts at 14:30 pm to 16:00 pm on Friday, 28 October 2022. For the month of October, SchoolNet South Africa is running a #SupportOurTeachers campaign, and this dialogue forms part of our activities for the month. We have invited well-esteemed guests to explore how and whet...

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Teacher well-being and mental health awareness

#TeacherAppreciationMonth #SupportOurTeachers By SchoolNet South Africa Date: 12 October 2022 The #SupportOurTeachers campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of building strong support structures for teachers. Teaching is one of the most rewarding and challenging professions.  Whilst teachers shape young minds, inspire children to greatness, and play pivotal roles in the life of a child, teachers also experience many stressors. Demanding curriculum, administration, lack of resources, viole...

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Mathapelo talks about teacher appreciation and the launch of the SchoolNet South Africa campaign #supportourteachers #teachermonth

In celebrating teacher month, Mathapelo Sehume talks about SchoolNet South Africa’s #SupportOurTeachers campaign. The campaign is running for October to appreciate and show support to teachers. “We appreciate you. We have pride in the work that you do. We honour the work that you do. We see the hard work and efforts that you put with our children.” ...

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#SupportOurTeachers Campaign

Teacher Appreciation Month Teachers are an important pillar of our society. They nurture children to do well and succeed in life and the world. But far too often they do not get the support, appreciation and respect they deserve for the daily pastoral care they provide to our learners So, October 5,  is World Teachers’ Day which aims to dedicate time to appreciate teachers for all the wonderful work they do in and out of the classroom to encourage our learners to be their best selves. Closer to home, S...

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Using technology to learn through play in a supportive environment

  Supportive environments enable the success of Learning Gains through Play (LGP). There are various factors contributing to this success. The affordance of technology has the potential to change classroom practice. However to enable successful integration, it is important to mobilise the senior management team, teacher colleagues across grades, resources, and supportive school environments to enable the successful implementation of technology in the classroom. As witnessed in the LGP project, partic...

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