iEARN Learning Circles Registration Open!

If you are looking for well-run international collaborative project for your learners to participate in, don’t miss the next session of  iEARN Global Learning Circles! What are Learning Circles? Learning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. Teachers sign up and are then assigned to a group based on their interest and the grade level and subjects they teach. Themes for projects include: Places and Perspective...

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Get your learners involved in an international collaborative project

Connecting with students from other countries can provide your learners with a rewarding opportunity to interact with people from other cultures and different backgrounds. Collaborating on a common project provides all participants with a common goal, that each group can contribute towards. Great projects provide all participants with opportunities to work towards addressing a global challenge, whilst bringing their own local knowledge and experiences to the task. Our friends at iEarn empower te...

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Water is Life – Collaborate on a global problem

The water shortages in Cape Town have made all South Africans, particularly those living in the Western Cape, very much aware of the importance of saving water. But access to adequate, safe water is a global problem – we can both learn from ideas that are working in other countries, and our learners can contribute ideas of their own. In February 2018, you can sign up to take part in the iEARN Water is Life project. As part of this global collaborative project, your students will be involved in ac...

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Unicef’s FREE World Education Games are about to start 5-7 March…hurry…hurry!

Something very exciting is about to take place in education nxt week – Unicef’s World Education Games, all free! Want to know more?  Let’s go over to the official website to investigate further. http://www.worldeducationgames.com/WEG2013#2. If you look around on the website you’ll see there are lovely resources to download.  The website also tells us about the programme and the games, and asks us to register. Programme World Maths Day: 5th March World Literacy Day: 6th March W...

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Have you considered joining a Learning Circle to connect with global peers?

SchoolNet is a volunteer supporter and promoter of iEARN and we would like to give this project from iEARN some prominence since it will greatly benefit our  SchoolNet members. It is a call for participation in learning circles  – a project we have always supported. The original post can be found here. Global Collaboration Made Easy! Looking for a way to connect your students with global peers?  Sign up by January 22nd for the January 30 – May 25 session of iEARN Learning C...

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Two South African teachers highlighted in the Global Classroom Project awards

Submitted by Fiona Beal with permission from Karen Stadler We, at Schoolnet, are very proud of two of our teachers from South Africa who have been highlighted as ‘Global Lead Teachers’ in the Global Classroom Project. Karen Stadler is the ICT Integration Co-ordinator for Elkanah House’s Senior Primary campus in Cape Town. She keeps a blog called All Things ICT.  Brenda Hallowes is from Cotswold Preparatory School in Port Elizabeth and we featured one of her posts on our SchoolNet blog yesterda...

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Books donation for a primary school in South Africa plus an opportunity to collaborate…

Recently we had a very interesting email from a teacher in Seattle who is a librarian at her school. She would like to donate some books to a school in South Africa and also set up a Skype collaboration with a teacher at this school. Here is an extract from the email…  “We have 5-6 boxes of brand new paperback picture and chapter books sitting in our school that are not being used. I have a dream of putting them in the hands of an impoverished school where need a library or need books. I’d l...

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How to use Tweetchat for Twitter discussions

Submitted by Fiona Beal It all started when Philemon Kotsokoane tweeted me (on Twitter) saying “… I’d like to follow last night’s chat on tweetchat.com How do I access all the chat & remove smart pausing message?#edchatsa”  Up to that point I had only been using a free programme called Tweetdeck for Twitter chats. I wrote a blogpost on how to use Tweetdeck last month  https://www.schoolnet.org.za/2012/03/why-not-install-and-use-tweetdeck-for.html  The reason I ...

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SA teachers – why not join the conversation from 20h30 to 21h30 each Monday evening on #edchatsa?

Submitted by Fiona Beal  Not too long ago I came across an article that posed the question ‘Is Twitter the Driving Force Behind Upcoming Educational Change?’ and that question constantly echoes in my mind. Twitter is an incredible tool for sharing, summarising, communicating, sending quick messages, using a hashtag for conferences and events – the list is endless. Undoubtedly, for the educator Twitter is a must. I, for one, have learned SO MUCH from my Twitter PLN. So, for this reason...

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Why not install and use Tweetdeck for Twitter group chats?

Last Monday night from 8:30pm – 9:30pm one of our social media in education activitists in South Africa, Arthur Preston, Head at Elkanah House Primary School in Cape Town, introduced a Twitter chat for South African teachers on the #edchatsa hashtag. It was a wonderfully stimulating chat with many teachers from around the country participating. Teachers only got to know about it via Twitter and had a great chat about the topic, “If there was one piece of technology that could change South African educ...

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