This is what dedication looks like

December, a festive season, and usually a time for holiday planning was spent in a flurry of activity for SchoolNet. In partnership with SYSPRO and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), SchoolNet facilitated workshops to over two hundred and fifty (250) youth and community members in three provinces. Workshops were hosted in Gauteng (Yeoville, Dobsonville, and Alexandra), Limpopo (Lephalale) and KwaZulu Natal (Eshowe and Madadeni). The Digital skills and Literacy programme as ...

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Coding gets creative: Use Touch Develop to create apps and games

Bonolo Sedupane recently featured in a Microsoft Virtual Academy entitled  ‘Creative coding through games and apps’. In the webinar, Bonolo gives some ideas for secondary school teachers who want to introduce programming to a broad range of learners, including those who may never have considered programming before. Bonolo makes the point that even if learners are not taking Information Technology as a school subject, doing some simple programming as part of computer literacy lessons or...

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Using Kodu in the Classroom – Watch the Microsoft Virtual Academy and try the tool

Are you keen to try some basic coding in your classroom? Perhaps you have already done the Hour of Code with your learners, and now you are ready to move on to something a bit more challenging? Why not give Kodu a try? Kodu lets students create games on Windows computers using a simple visual programming language. Through making games, students also have opportunities to express themselves creatively, solve problems and tell stories. If you are new to Kodu, check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy...

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Physical Computing in the Classroom – watch our Virtual Academy and give it a try

Physical computing involves interactive physical systems or devices that can be programmed through software. That sounds very high-tech – but basically it involves bringing coding to life by programming something that you can touch to do something. For example, if you have a Microbit you can use a piece of tape to create into a fancy bracelet that flashes a message. Or if two people each have a Microbit – these can be programmed to make a symbol for either rock, paper or scissors so that a di...

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Africa Code Week coming up (15th October – 23rd October) Invitation to register

Are you ready to CRACK THE CODE! Africa Coding Week 2016 is going to be the largest coding event in Africa with over 30 countries participating in coding from 15 October – 23 October 2016. Organised by SAP, this event invites youth in the following age groups (8-11; 12-17; 18-24) and has customised coding programme for each group. Coding is fun and all yours to learn! Why not try your hand at creating your own interactive games? For more information visit this link: http://africacodeweek.org/activit...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #16: Hawa Patel says that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn to code…

This is the sixteenth post in the series “MIEExpert Spotlight for South Africa”. The tab with all the posts can be found at http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7. Today we focus on Hawa Patel from Johannesburg who is one of our Microsoft’s #MIEExperts for 2016 from South Africa. Hawa is the Deputy Principal at Roshnee Islamic School and she is also HOD in CAT/IT/ICT and Life Orientation. Hawa has gained other Microsoft titles in previous years namely #MS Innovative teacher 2011 and #MIEE 2014  ...

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Bring Computer Science to your school – a message from Vidcode…

This is a message from Vidcode. It brings with it some great opportunities for teachers and classrooms in 2016. “President Obama recently announced Computer Science for All, a new initiative to bring computer science education to classrooms across the U.S. Vidcode is overjoyed that the White House has put their support behind computer science for every student! We’re thrilled to be part of this movement to empower all students to use and connect computer science with their friends and hobbies. ...

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Africa Code Week: you and your students can take part in the pilot event at the Science Centre in Cape Town June 1 to June 4.

Coding is the new important language! Every school-going child everywhere deserves to be fluent in coding by the time they leave school. The post that follows tells of a great coding opporunity coming up and is taken from the Cape Town Science Centre’s website:  http://ctsc.org.za/africacodeweek/ A joint initiative by SAP, Simplon, Galway Education Center and Cape Town Science Centre, Africa Code Week is a one-of-kind educational initiative taking place in October 2015 across 11 countries. Spark...

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