Using Minecraft: Education Edition as a tool to demonstrate the solution in a problem-based learning activity

Submitted by Fiona Beal Recently I had the privilege of attending at the amazing Microsoft Educator Exchange (E2) Africa Forum as a #MIEExpert Educator. The E2 had the theme of #Makewhatsnext and it was held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Johannesburg.  I was excited about the emphasis that would be placed on using Minecraft: Education Edition in our classrooms. Stephen Reid, the Minecraft ‘Guru’ from Immersive Minds in Scotland gave an amazing keynote on problem-based learn...

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Get your Foundation Phase learners participating in the #HourofCode during December – they will love it!

Submitted by Fiona Beal Have you seen these tweets such as ‘Participate in the #HourofCode’ or  ‘Visit www.code.org’ floating around every day on Twitter? I decided to pay www.code.org a visit to see what it was all about – and what a pleasant surprise I got! In fact, I was AMAZED to see what an incredible website this is. It caters for every age group of learners from Pre-Reader to Grade 9+. The website urged us to ‘Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 langu...

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Make a Snakes and Ladders educational board game using Microsoft Word

Submitted by Fiona Beal Most learners like to play dice board games of one kind or another. Board games satisfy a learner’s competitive edge, and they also help learners to master skills such as: ·         Communicating verbally ·         Sharing, waiting and taking turns ·         Learning to focus and think ahead ·         Coping w...

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Tips for Foundation Phase reading lessons using a Windows 10 tablet offline – as inspired by the IkhweziLesizwe Foundation Phase teachers

Submitted by Fiona Beal Tablets are revolutionary devices that hold great potential for transforming learning. In the hands of skilled teachers and interested learners, tablets can be used to create some fantastic learning opportunities. Learners at IkhweziLesizwe Primary School Western Cape Microsoft Windows tablet devices Recently Microsoft and the Western Cape Education Department delivered 99 Windows 10 tablets, in three cabinets, to 42 Western Cape Schools that would otherwise never be ab...

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Ideas for using the Microsoft Paint app on a Windows tablet in Foundation Phase lessons

Submitted by Fiona Beal Tablets are an attractive device to use in the classroom because they are halfway between laptops and mobile phones. This means they are big enough to work on for a period of time, on a desk, in a classroom. Their touch screen capability allows them to be used with a stylus which is similar to using a pen or pencil. The use of touch-screen tablets can bring many advantages to the classroom. One such advantage is that learners become more enthusiastic in their lessons. The big...

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