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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Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts heading for E2 Singapore

Congratulations to the following educators who were selected to participate in the E2 Education Exchange taking place in Singapore between 12 and 15 March 2018: Amanda Calitz – Curro: Riverside  Charmaine Roynon – EDU 365 SA  Jonas Letsoalo – Kgetsa Primary School  Margaret Tracey – Hillcrest High School  Paula Barnard – eFundanathi & eZone at Wits  Xoliswa Mahlangu – Future Nations College  Charl Bloomberg – Curro: Waterfall&nb...

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Eversdal Primary School – a Microsoft Showcase School where OneNote rules!

The first thought that goes through your mind when you visit Eversdal Primary School in Durbanville, and you see the amazing technology integration that is taking place in the classrooms, is, ‘Why haven’t I heard about this school before?’ The school has been selected as a Microsoft Showcase school and the badge is proudly displayed on their website. Arno Pienaar, a teacher at the school says, “We first heard of this program when we met Elsabe Hart from Microsoft. We were encouraged to join the...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #29: Moses Sello Sehoole from Limpopo – Using Microsoft resources as a school principal

MIEExpert Moses Sello Sehoole is a secondary school principal who displays great ambition, determination and drive. In 2008 he was head-hunted and recruited as principal of Mankuroane Technical and Commercial High School school because of his achievements as principal at his previous school. Mankuroane Technical and Commercial High School school is situated in a deep rural area in Taung, Limpopo. Moses immediately set to work to upgrade the school’s technology. In 2010 he applied to the nation...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #28: Charmaine Roynon from Cape Town talks about coding and growing great teachers

Charmaine Roynon, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert from Cape Town, is currently the ICT Integrator at Wynberg Girl’s Junior School, (also coined WGJS). In addition she is also Head of Curriculum Development and Teacher Training at EDU 365 SA. Charmaine says, “Working in the Education space is an ongoing adventure – it is dynamic and exciting. I thrive on working with curriculum and learning new, authentic methods to deliver curriculum. I would like to see teachers being given FAR, FAR mor...

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Gerald Plaatjies – passionate about using Microsoft Office in the classroom

It is not every day that you find a Maths author is also a teacher who is passionate about using technology in his classroom. Mr Gerald Plaatjies is a Grade 5 Maths teachers at Eden Park Primary School in Johannesburg, South Africa (Ekurhuleni West District), and he is very passionate about integrating technology in education. He has been teaching Maths at Eden Park Primary School for over 21 years, and during this time he has created a variety of learning materials for his learners using Microsoft Off...

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MIEExpert Amandla Vinjwa advocates upskilling yourself on the Microsoft Educator Community

We have written about MIEExpert Amandla Vinjwa before when he was selected to attend the Microsoft E2 Global Forum in Toronto Canada earlier this year. He was featured in our series “MIEExpert Spotlight” for South Africa. The tab with all the posts can be found at: http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7. We focus on him again how as a teacher who initiates his own professional development on the Microsoft Educator Community. Amandla is a primary school teacher at Sivile Primary School in Cap...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #27: Gizelle Simpson from Malmesbury in South Africa talks about her experiences at the recent Microsoft E2 Africa Forum in Johannesburg

Gizelle Simpson is a teacher and a Microsoft Innovative Educator  Expert from Malmsbury in the Western Cape. She teaches English as a Home Language as well as English as a First Additional Language at Wesbank Secondary School, and she is also a qualified Psychometrist. Gizelle was one of the 30 MIEExpert Educators selected to attend the Microsoft E2 Africa Form in Johannesburg, and in this article she gives a reflection on the event.  “So there I was, boarding an aeroplane to Johanne...

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A 21st Century Innovative Teacher’s Club is formed in Queenstown and Butterworth to bridge the digital divide using Microsoft applications

This is a guest post from Nosithembele Gcobo from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Nosithembele is one of our Microsoft 2016/2017 #MIEExperts. Nosithembele was very excited about a recent event that took place as a result of her posting Microsoft tools posts and technological updates on her Facebook page. She was contacted by some teachers from the Butterworth district, which is about 150 kilometres from Queenstown, to see if she could upskill them with what she has been learning regarding...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #26: Neliswa Zini from Queenstown in South Africa talks about her ICT in the classroom journey

This is the 25th 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 on Neliswa Zini. Neliswa has sent us this post about herself and how she started using ICT in the classroom. “My name is Neliswa Zini. I live in Queenstown in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. I currently teach at Shiloh Junior and Senior Primary School, where I offer NS/TECH in Grade 4, Mathematics grade 5 and English (FAL...

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