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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
April 2018 was a busy media month for SchoolNet – and you may have seen us on TV or heard us talking about our Learning Gains Through Play project on the radio. The need to share important findings from research conducted over four years as part of the DG Murray Trust-funded study on Learning Gains through Play prompted SchoolNet South Africa to issue a press release in April 2018. To read about the response from the media please read our blog post.
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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 ...Read more
The National Senior Certificate results were officially announced 4th January 2018. In a data-driven global environment, it becomes crucial for all of us involved in education to reflect on our practice, evaluate the good, the bad and the ugly and then think through a plan to address the challenges. Read the full School performance Report 2017 for an in depth analysis and see what you can do to change for the better.
The SchoolNet Conference 2017 has been and gone but the memory lingers on… This post brings you a handy list of links including links to presentations from some of our presenters. Only 24 of our presenters have shared their presentations to date, and we are very grateful to them. But first, a quick recap!
Over 400 delegates attended the 2017 SchoolNet SA ICT in the Classroom conference held at Brescia House School in Bryanston, Gauteng between 5 – 7 October 2017. It was a conference to remember...Read more
The recent all girls catholic school in the Classroom conference was opened by Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty. Before opening the SchoolNet SA 2017 ICT in the Classroom Conference, the national Deputy Minister, Mr. Enver Surty, sat down with Janet Thomson, Executive Director for SchoolNet South Africa to discuss the DBE’s approach to digital learning. The Deputy Minister thanked Thomson for “the enormous contribution by SchoolNet in the ICT domain” asserting that “ICT is becomin...Read more
The Deputy Minister wowed delegates with his opening address at the 2017 ICT in the Classroom Conference held at Brescia House School in Johannesburg at the weekend.Speaking from the heart, the Deputy Minister of Education delivered a most engaging opening address to the 2017 SchoolNet South Africa teachers’ conference. Delegates felt they were being treated to a real-life insight into the national department´s thinking. Not only was the address pitched at teachers and the most crucial issues facing th...Read more
The Telkom Foundation announced its major investment in education earlier this year when it pledged more than R 200 million over the next five years to contribute towards improving the quality of teaching and learning with a specific focus on Mathematics, Science, English and Technology in disadvantaged communities. The programme is being rolled out in five Ga-Rankuwa schools in Tshwane West, Gauteng and will expand to two schools in Despatch, in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. The schools in Ga-Ranku...Read more