The Learning Gains through Play project: Report on Presentation at the Microsoft Road Show in Durban

Submitted by Janet Thomson, CEO of SchoolNetSA On 24 March three teachers from different Midlands Schools drove through to Durban to make a presentation at the Microsoft Road show being held at the Durban Yacht Club. The objective was to demonstrate how teachers in the Learning Gains through Play project are using the Xbox Kinect in their classrooms. The Xboxes had been donated to the project by Microsoft SA. The event attracted a number of KZN teachers as well as a range of Microsoft partners. Four tea...

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Learning Gains Through Play – Playtime again!

  submitted by Janet Thomson Teachers and Senior management teams from the five project schools in KZN attended a two day workshop during the January 2015 school holidays. Thembelihle Primary kindly hosted the workshop which was attended by twenty five participants and a team of facilitators comprising Hlengiwe Mfeka, Tracey Butchart, Senzo Ngcobo and Janet Thomson. Purpose of the workshop  The purpose of the two new modules was to share the findings from the evaluation research wit...

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It’s Playtime! Learning Gains Project – Western Cape Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Submitted by Janet Thomson On the weekend of October 10 and 11th the Professional Development programme for the Western Cape Grade 1 and Grade R teachers reached Module 4 (Learning Stations) and Module 7 (Xbox Kinect and Games in the Classroom). The workshops were held at The Metro East District offices in Kuils River, Cape Town. Day 1 – Module 4 – Learning Stations At the start of the workshop Rodney Nissen, the facilitator asked teachers to reflect on how they have been using their own tea...

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Learning Gains through Play project showing great gains!

Submitted by Janet Thomson SchoolNet South Africa has had the privilege to be funded over the next three years by the D G Murray Trust in South Africa to study the benefits of learning through the use of play and innovative technologies for learners in grades R and 1 in ten schools in two provinces in South Africa, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The D G Murray Trust has a particular interest in the early primary years where the greatest impact can be made. As the focus of this project is play, we...

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