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Intel’s ‘She Will Connect’ reaches five million women across Africa

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 ...

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Professional Development for KwaZulu-Natal Subject Advisors

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...

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Professional development in digital education leadership opportunity

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...

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Tshwane West interns boost their digital skills

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. ...

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Calling all MIEExperts – earn a place at Global E2 in Paris

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...

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YouthSpark workshops for KZN Focus Schools

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. ...

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Commonwealth of Learning Teacher Futures programme for Fort Hare

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...

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Professional Development Framework for Digital Learning

The Department of Basic Education in South Africa has published a Professional Development Framework for Digital Learning, subtitled, Building educator competencies in facilitating learning with digital tools and resources.  The South African community of teachers and teacher educators who use digital tools and resources to support improved learning outcomes readily welcomes this framework.  The purpose of the framework is described as being to, “provide guidelines for professional develo...

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The 18th National Teachers’ Awards- Celebrating our torchbearers of light and hope…

The 18th annual National Teachers’ Awards was held on Saturday 17 February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre. SchoolNet SA is proud to be associated with the National Teaching Awards and in particular the Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning category. Congratulations to the winners in this category: Ms Mariette Voster of Touwsranten Primary School in Western Cape who won first; Mr Nabeel Ismail of Zinniaville Secondary School in North West who placed second; and Mr Gerhardus Malan of ...

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