2018 has been a busy year for SchoolNet SA. Read about our project highlights, advocacy and organisational development for the year in the 2018 Annual Report.
Please note that the SchoolNet SA offices will be closing at midday on Friday 14 December 2018 and will reopen on Monday 7 January 2019. We wish all of our colleagues, teachers and members good health, safe travels, and joy over festive season.
The Technical Support Specialists based at Telkom Connected Schools in Zwide, Eastern Cape and Garankuwa, Gauteng have been using the last few weeks of school to expose learners to basic coding concepts. Learners have been working through the Minecraft themed Hour of Code tutorials which provide a fun, free, accessible introduction to coding using a series of simple drag-and-drop puzzles that get progressively more challenging. Microsoft Philanthropies supported these sessions by providing each participa...Read more
SchoolNet SA is proud to announce that the ‘Learning Gains Through Play’ project, funded by the DG Murray Trust, has been nominated by the South African National Commission to be considered for the UNESCO ICT in Education Prize. These prizes are awarded to teachers, schools and organisations that are using digital tools in innovative ways to ensure education for vulnerable groups of people. Read more about the UNESCO ICT in Education Prize, and our nominated project in this blogpost.
The Intel® ‘She Will Connect’ program was launched in September 2013 with the aim of reducing the internet gender gap and reaching 5 million women in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa over five years. The milestone of reaching 5 million women across Africa was celebrated at a gala event at the iconic Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia on 24 October 2018. SchoolNet SA was recognized as one of the lead partners of the initiative, with Suraj Shah, the Intel Africa Program Director, thanking SchoolNet SA ...Read more
In October 2018, SchoolNet SA facilitators Hlengiwe Mfeka and Senzo Ngcobo completed the Intel Tablets in the Classroom for 28 GET subject advisors from Kwa-Zulu Natal at the Bergville Education Centre. These subject advisors had already attended two previous courses namely; ICT Skills for Teachers and Using Digital Resources in the Classroom. The Tablets course, which formed the final step in their professional development pathway, aimed to provide subject advisors with tools and strategies for integrati...Read more
SchoolNet SA is working with the Commonwealth of Learning to offer the C-DELTA (Digital Education Leadership Training in Action) programme to selected secondary school teachers and tertiary institution lecturers. The programme aims at fostering leaders in educational institutions who can influence their colleagues to use digital learning appropriately and effectively for learning and for supporting sustainable development.
Lead teachers will be selected to attend an initial face-to-face workshop in Janua...Read more
During the October school break, we provided professional development to 32 interns who are based in Tshwane West schools. The intention of this session was to equip interns with some strategies and resources for supporting teachers and learners to make better use of digital tools. Over two days, interns tried their hand at technical trouble shooting, practiced their presentation skills, completed the Hour of Code (and learnt how to facilitate this at their schools) and worked on collaborative documents.
Next year’s Microsoft Global E2 event will be taking place in Paris and Microsoft will be selecting three teachers from South Africa and Lesotho to attend. To be eligible for this opportunity, teachers would need to sign up as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts; share a learning activity on the Microsoft Educator Community; run an Hour of Code workshop and participate in the Skype-a-Thon. See all the details of what you would need to complete by 17 November 2018 to earn a place at this global net...Read more
SchoolNet SA recently provided 155 teachers from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education with the skills and resources to introduce learners to basic coding and computational thinking activities. We hope that using the free #YouthSpark resources for learner activities, and the Microsoft Educator Community for ongoing professional development, will help the teachers to make effective use of the laptops their schools have received. Read more about the workshops here.
The Commonwealth of Learning in partnership with the Department of Basic Education is supporting a teacher development programme in South Africa being implemented at the University of Fort Hare. Ten high schools in the Amathole District have been selected to participate in this three year Teacher Futures programme, which will be facilitated by SchoolNet South Africa and supported by the Eastern Cape Department of Education, another partner in this project. In September 2018 the Planning Forum for this pro...Read more