New Nation Teachers master some digital tools

In the first term of 2018, teachers from New Nation School in Vrededorp, Gauteng, enjoyed five afternoon workshop sessions on using a range of digital tools in the classroom. These workshops were sponsored by Microsoft Philanthropies in order to help staff to use technology as a catalyst for change at a school that largely provides education to orphans and vulnerable children.  Below is a summary of what was covered at the workshops with links to some of the resources that other teachers may w...

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Earn your place at Global E2 2019 – Paris by completing these missions

South African teachers who have attended a Global E2 event in Toronto, Singapore, Redmond or Budapest agree that these have been amazing professional development and networking events. Not to mention an opportunity to visit another country and experience another culture. The 2019 Global Microsoft Educator Exchange will be taking place in Paris, France. Three teachers from South Africa or Lesotho will be selected to attend this international gathering of some of the world’s most innovative teacher...

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YouthSpark Professional Development for KZN Focus Schools

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has provided 165 focus schools with technology devices for learners. Having seen how successful YouthSpark training can be to introduce teachers to basic computer science resources that can use with learners, SchoolNet SA was asked to run workshops with champion teachers selected from eighty of these schools. It was hoped that having access to some free resources aimed at youth, a portal of online training resources aimed at teachers, as well as the skills and c...

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YouthSpark training hits Cape Town

SchoolNet SA recently offered five introductory #YouthSpark computer science workshops to teachers from schools in the Western Cape, facilitated by Charmaine Roynon – an educational consultant with a passion for getting teachers using digital tools to enhance teaching and learning. The aim of these workshops was to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to introduce learners to basic coding using free tools and resources. The courses were widely advertised on SchoolNet SA social media, and te...

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Sustainable Development Goals – using digital tools to reach and teach them

Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs as well. The Sustainable Development Goals are seventeen interdependent goals which countries that are members of the United Nations aim to achieve by 2030. They include eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequalities and combating the threat of climate change. Whilst the goals are ambitious, the more countries and people who share in a common vi...

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Using Kodu in the Classroom – Watch the Microsoft Virtual Academy and try the tool

Are you keen to try some basic coding in your classroom? Perhaps you have already done the Hour of Code with your learners, and now you are ready to move on to something a bit more challenging? Why not give Kodu a try? Kodu lets students create games on Windows computers using a simple visual programming language. Through making games, students also have opportunities to express themselves creatively, solve problems and tell stories. If you are new to Kodu, check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy...

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Physical Computing in the Classroom – watch our Virtual Academy and give it a try

Physical computing involves interactive physical systems or devices that can be programmed through software. That sounds very high-tech – but basically it involves bringing coding to life by programming something that you can touch to do something. For example, if you have a Microbit you can use a piece of tape to create into a fancy bracelet that flashes a message. Or if two people each have a Microbit – these can be programmed to make a symbol for either rock, paper or scissors so that a di...

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Register with a Microsoft account on the Microsoft Educator Community

Many South African teachers have joined the Microsoft Educator Community to complete online professional development courses, to be part of a global community of teachers, to participate in Skype in the Classroom activities and to share lesson plans and quick tip videos with teachers from around the world. As of 12 March 2018 new users will only be able to join the Microsoft Educator Community using either a personal Microsoft account or an Office 365 account. According to Sonja Delafosse ...

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TechnoGranny uses Skype to create a Classroom in the Sky

This week, eleven South African teachers, are attending the E2 Education Exchange in Singapore. This prestigious conference brings together over 300 innovative teachers from around the world to share their best practices and to learn more about how to use Microsoft technologies in the Classroom. Phuti Ragophala, a Microsoft Fellow and passionate advocate of using technology to enhance teaching and learning, was selected to present a session on how she uses Skype to break down the walls and bring the wo...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #13: Mabore Lekalakala speaks on using the Microsoft Educator Community to access professional development

This is the thirteenth post in the series “MIEExpert Spotlight for South Africa”. The tab with all the posts can be found at: http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7. Today we focus again on Mabore Lekalaka from Limpopo who is one of our Microsoft’s #MIEExperts for 2016. More about Mabore Mabore Lekalakala, a Mathematics and Computer Literacy teacher at Toronto Primary School in Limpopo Province, South Africa is passionate about using technology in the classroom on a daily basis. She says, “My passion...

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