This is what dedication looks like

December, a festive season, and usually a time for holiday planning was spent in a flurry of activity for SchoolNet. In partnership with SYSPRO and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), SchoolNet facilitated workshops to over two hundred and fifty (250) youth and community members in three provinces. Workshops were hosted in Gauteng (Yeoville, Dobsonville, and Alexandra), Limpopo (Lephalale) and KwaZulu Natal (Eshowe and Madadeni). The Digital skills and Literacy programme as ...

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Access the resources for the SchoolNet SA 2019 Digital Learning Conference

The Royal Bafokeng Institute and the Lebone II College, in partnership with NorthWest Department of Basic Education, hosted the SchoolNet SA 2019 Digital Learning Conference between 26 and 28 June 2019. Four hundred and sixty eight delegates attended the conference, including teachers with a passion for digital learning, ICT coordinators and national and provincial eLearning officials. Conference attendees enjoyed three days of professional development aligned to the following conference themes: Digita...

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Try out Minecraft: Education Edition for Game-Based Learning

Play is a natural human instinct; where we learn communication, interpersonal skills, emotional control, resiliency and persistence, and even the basics of engineering. Game-based learning (GBL) refers to the use of games or game principles to affect positive learning outcomes. Games can offer an engaging, immersive environment for learners to experiment, try and solve challenges, and collaborate with peers in a virtual world. Many learners are already playing Minecraft, and more and more teachers are ...

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Could one of your learners be the next Microsoft Office Champion?

Certiport, Microsoft and Netlearn are offering an opportunity for learners who are Microsoft Office whizzes to represent South Africa at the Certiport Office Specialist World Championship. What is this competition about? This global competition tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office applications. The learners with the highest exam scores and the lowest exam-taking times in the national competition will be invited to represent their country and compete at the World Championships. ...

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A new computer lab – Lessons from New Nation School

In October 2018, the old Gauteng Online computer room at New Nation School in Vrededorp, Gauteng was equipped with Windows 10 laptops by Microsoft Philanthropies as part of a larger programme of support provided to the school by the Trevor Noah Foundation. SchoolNet SA has conducted the ‘Change Leadership for Technology Integration’ course for school leaders and the ‘Microsoft in the Education’ course for educators at the school and has also provided some onsite coaching and suppo...

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MIE Exerts – Have you completed the missions to attend the Global E2 in Paris?

The Microsoft Global E2 event is taking place in Paris, France in April 2019. This week the South African/ Lesotho Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts will be selected to attend this prestigious Forum based on having completed certain missions over the past few months. We have been impressed to see how many MIE Experts have taken up the challenge of sharing learning activities on the Microsoft Educator Community; participating in the #Skypeathon and running #HourofCode sessions for thei...

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Change Leadership for New Nation School Leaders

The Trevor Noah Foundation is supporting New Nations School in Vrededorp, Gauteng, with the aim of providing vulnerable youth with the education, life skills, and social capital necessary to pursue further opportunities upon graduating high school. To support these efforts, Microsoft equipped the school with a lab of Windows 10 laptops and Office 365 email accounts, and commissioned SchoolNet SA to run some professional development workshops for staff to assist them to use the resources to enhance teachi...

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Calling all MIEExperts – earn a place at Global E2 in Paris

Next year’s Microsoft Global E2 event will be taking place in Paris and Microsoft will be selecting three teachers from South Africa and Lesotho to attend. To be eligible for this opportunity, teachers would need to sign up as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts; share a learning activity on the Microsoft Educator Community; run an Hour of Code workshop and participate in the Skype-a-Thon. See all the details of what you would need to complete by 17 November 2018 to earn a place at this global net...

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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 workshops for KZN Focus Schools

SchoolNet SA recently provided 155 teachers from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education with the skills and resources to introduce learners to basic coding and computational thinking activities. We hope that using the free #YouthSpark resources for learner activities, and the Microsoft Educator Community for ongoing professional development, will help the teachers to make effective use of the laptops their schools have received. Read more about the workshops here. ...

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