Three South African students named Finalists in Google Science Fair 2016 Competition

Submitted by Omashani Naidoo Sixteen year old South African, Kiara Nirghin, has won the Community Impact Award and just been named the Regional Winner for Africa and Middle East in the Google Science Fair 2016 competition. The Community Impact Awards honour five projects that make a difference students community by addressing an environmental, health or resource challenge. Each winner is awarded $1,000 in an educational scholarship and a 12 month mentorship programme from a Google Science Fair partne...

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You’re invited VIRTUALLY to the fifth annual Google Science Fair on 21 September at Mountain View, California!

Here is a message from Google to teachers. The Science fair applications from students all around the world have been narrowed down to 20 global finalists. It’s amazing that we can be invited virtually to the event! “Hi educators, Thank you for supporting your young scientists as they submitted projects to this year’s Google Science Fair! From purifying water with corn cobs to transporting Ebola antibodies through silk, all of the projects submitted this year all tackled problems using inventive...

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Google’s Computational Thinking MOOC for teachers and CS First Club for children

This is a message from Google South Africa: “As teachers we are continually looking for areas to grow in, Google has created a Computational Thinking MOOC which is free for teachers, we would love you to sign up and do the course! The course should between 10 and 30 hours to complete and is open until the end of September. Here is more information about it: Computational Thinking to grow as a teacher Get started now with Computational Thinking for Educators, an online course where you will learn ...

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Computational Thinking for Educators – free Open Online Google course starting on 15th July

  Information about this free Open Online Google course was posted in our GEG South Africa community so we’re reposting it here. Google, in collaboration with representatives from leading educational and scientific platforms, is offering a free online open course on computational thinking. Computational thinking is not restricted solely to computer applications but applies to any other discipline or content area that requires thinking and problem solving. In this sense, computational thinking ...

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Google is looking for SA teachers to help them test a new Google course… Interested? (There is a reward!)

This is a message from Victor Udoewa from Google “We are looking for teachers to help us test a new, Google online course. It only requires 30-60 minutes of your time, and we’ll do it over Hangouts. We are especially looking for non-computer science and non-ICT teachers. What? We are creating a Computational Thinking online course that explains to educators what Computational Thinking is and gives examples on how to implement it in the classroom How can you help us?  Give us some of y...

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Try installing the extension ‘The Great Suspender’ to free up system resources when using Google Chrome…

Submitted by Fiona Beal This was good news today! ‘Magical Chrome extension puts tabs to sleep so they don’t kill your browser’. http://goo.gl/99K92W People are loyal to their web browsers, and I love Google Chrome with all it’s functionalities. But its tendancy to slow down one’s computer and drain memory is very frustrating!  So when I heard about ‘The Great Suspender’ extension I installed it immediately. https://goo.gl/OjWhr This extension claims to ‘automatically suspend u...

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EdTechTeam iOS and Google Summit South African Tour…This will be good! Reduced pricing!

We are pleased to announce the first EdTechTeam iOS in Education Summit (8 October 2015) and the EdTechTeam Google in Education Tour Cape Town Summit (9, 10 October) to be held at Parklands College in Cape Town. These high intensity one and two day events focus on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education, iOS and other digital learning tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Tr...

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All the recordings from the Google Education on Air Online conference on May 8 and 9, 2015

Google’s recent free online conference on May 8th and 9th was a HUGE two-day event with amazing speakers. What a great way to share information with the world of educators. All the recordings were uploaded by the next day! The 2015 Education on Air conference featured tens of thousands of registered educators from 185 countries. They had more than 100 sessions to choose from in the two-day event. Where to find the recordings The recordings can be found neatly organised at the following link:  ht...

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A feast awaits you today – Google Education on Air online conference – all free!

Submitted by Fiona Beal This morning I had an email from Mary Hacking from Grove Primary in Cape Town reminding me of the Google Online Conference on 8th and 9th May and saying how much she enjoyed yesterday’s presentations:  https://educationonair.withgoogle.com/live/2015-may. When you open this website you’ll see the times for your own country, which is amazing!  I discovered that in South Africa we operate with SAST – South African Standard Time! There are plenty of options with...

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The free Google Education on Air conference – speakers and sessions announced

This all sounds very exciting! This is a free, international online conference created by Google. Why not add this Google online event to your dairies for May 8th, 9th and 10th! This post with the latest announcement was recently posted on the Google for Education blog Last month Google announced their Education on Air conference — a free online conference taking place May 8-9, 2015. They have now released the schedule of sessions, based on suggestions from those who sent in ideas. They’ll emphasiz...

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