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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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Professional Development for KZN Subject Advisors

We have been providing a pathway of professional development courses to KwaZulu-Natal GET subject advisors. The aim of these sessions has been to equip subject advisors with the skills to support teachers to make better use of digital tools as teaching and learning resources. The group has already completed the ICT Skills for Teachers and using Digital Resources in the Classroom courses and in September 2018 the subject advisors completed the Tablets in the Classroom course. Read more about this professio...

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As part of our Microsoft YouthSpark project, SchoolNet SA recently partnered with the Mpumalanga ICT Club to train over 230 teachers, at four different centres, to run basic computer science workshops with their learners. During the training of trainers workshops teachers from Emalahleni, Siyabuswa, Waterval Boven and Kanyamazane mastered the Hour of Code and tried their hand at Scratch programming; they found out about continuing their professional development using the Microsoft Educator Community; and ...

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South African Computer Programming Olympiad winners recognised

On Monday 1 October 2018, ten top performing high school learners were recognised for their achievements in the South African Computer Programming Olympiad at a gala dinner held at the Standard Bank Auditorium. Of these learners, the top four programmers recently attended the International Olympiad for Informatics which took place in September in Japan. Special congratulations to M Taariq Mowzer of Fairbain College in Goodwood who won the gold medal in the South African Computer Olympiad. To find out more...

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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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365Edu Events heading for Durban and Cape Town

356Edu will be hosting high-energy, hands-on professional development workshops in Durban on 12 October and Cape Town on 13 October 2018. Themes include Microsoft Office 365; Mixed Reality in the Classroom; and Microsoft and Minecraft. Workshops will be presented by members of the 365Edu international team as well as local South African teachers. SchoolNet SA has a few tickets to each event to award to deserving teachers. Find out more about how to register for these workshops – and where to apply f...

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eSwatini teachers being equipped with 21st Century Skills

This week teachers from eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) attended a conference on 21st Century Learning that had the aim of equipping teachers with skills on utilizing technology for the teaching and learning purposes. As part of this conference, Janet Thomson presented an overview of the Commonwealth of Learning’s Certificate for Teacher ICT Integration as some teachers from Manzini will be embarking on this online course.  Read our ‘eSwatini holds it first 21st Century Educators’ Co...

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YouthSpark Basic Coding Workshops for Cape Town and Nkangala teachers

This month, SchoolNet SA is delighted to offer teachers an opportunity to attend a free Saturday YouthSpark Workshop, sponsored by Microsoft Philanthropies. The aim of these workshops is to equip teachers with some skills and free tools that they can use to introduce their learners to computer science concepts – even if they don’t have a computer science background. Workshops will be taking place in Elsie’s River and Observatory in the Western Cape and Waterval Boven, Emalahleni and Siy...

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KwaZulu-Natal Subject Advisors learn about integrating digital tools

Between April and June 2018 sixty FET subject advisors from KwaZulu-Natal completed the Intel Tablets in the Classroom course and the Using Digital Resources in the Classroom courses, facilitated by SchoolNet SA. The intention of the two-week learning pathway was to equip subject advisors with the skills to support teachers to use digital tools and resources effectively in the classroom. Read about the highlights of the Digital Resources course and some of the strategies used in the Tablets in the Classr...

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