Seeing is believing: A wonderful collection of YouTube video stories for young learners!

Reading Matters, a leading distributor, and supplier of educational books and resources in South Africa, is pleased to announce the addition of a wonderful collection of YouTube video stories for young learners, on their website! Established in 1997, Reading Matters has worked tirelessly at promoting language and literacy in South Africa alongside READ Educational Trust, a non-profit literacy organisation. The website, www.readingmatters.co.za, is filled with educational resources for parents, learners,...

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Create an e-book project for your class using PowerPoint

Submitted by Fiona Beal Did you know that PowerPoint can be used in a multitude of ways apart from it’s original purpose of making slideshows. It is a great tool for creating e-books. This is part 1 of ‘Presenting class projects as e-books’. This term I set my Grade 7 ICT class a task of creating a Natural Sciences project in line with their class curriculum and presenting it as an online e-book using PowerPoint. In the next post, in Part 2, we will look at adding video and sound to th...

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SchoolNet webinar recording from Thursday 22 November 3:30pm ‘An introduction to ebooks’ (Malcolm Seegers)

On Thursday afternoon (21 November 2013) at 3.30pm we held a SchoolNet webinar entitled ‘An introduction to e-books’ presented by Malcolm Seegers a digital publisher for a well-known South African publishing group. Thank you to all who attended the webinar. Summary of the webinar Malcom says: “More and more schools are going digital with many of them putting the technology in the hands of the learners. This webinar will discuss the basics of ebooks –how to choose the correct format, what ...

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Bring technology into your Foundation Phase Reading lessons

Here in South Africa the 2012 year has started and the Foundation Phase (Grades R-3) has started implementing the new CAPS curriculum. I thought this would be a great opportunity to draw your attention to 12 websites that have great reading material for your young learners. 1. Storyline Online http://www.storylineonline.net/ This site is presented by the Screen Actors Guild  Foundation. This is an online video programme with their members reading stories aloud. Each story has some activity suggest...

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Free e-book on mobile learning – looks useful!

This free e-book on Mobile Learning, written by Jackie Gerstein (@jackiegerstein, https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/), was brought to my attention by a post on the Free Technology for Teachers blog. It could be a great read for South African teachers where students frequently have cell phones that could be tapped into because other technology resources are non-existent. Take a read to see if it could benefit you. You’ll find eighty pages of useful information. You can also download your own ...

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