Mahala launched – all students in South Africa get Microsoft Office for FREE!

                            Did you say FREE Microsoft Office? Yes, with Mahala you can get Office free for your kids. If you are a parent or a teacher this is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss out on!                                  What exactly is Mahala? If you are a learner reading this – did you know that just by being a learne...

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CuriosITy Dinner – an opportunity to share a passion for IT

Brescia House School held its second annual CuriosITy dinner on 17 May 2017 which was attended by more than two hundred people – mostly women and girls – who enjoyed an evening intended to inspire girls to pursue careers in IT. Grade 11 girls who are taking either Information Technology or Computer Applications Technology as subjects were invited to the dinner from schools around Gauteng – with some schools travelling from other provinces to attend. During the course of the evening the girls mo...

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The Class Hack contest and the Hack the Classroom Event are coming up…join in

Here is some exciting news from Microsoft: 1. Did you know that the Class Hack Contest is Back? During the September 24th Hack the Classroom event, in 2016 Microsoft showcased Sway as a fun and easy tool for sharing content. To carry the momentum forward, Microsoft is running a competition to see who can develop the best lesson that includes the use of Sway as a creative method for delivering content to students. Closing date is 7th June. Find out more on the Microsoft Educator Community https:/...

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Great news! Claim your SACE Continuing Professional Development Points for badges you’ve earned on the Microsoft Educator Community

Submitted by Megan Rademeyer All South African teachers are expected to keep a Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) as a personal record of their professional development journeys, and to achieve at least 150 South African Council of Educator Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) development points every three-year cycle. SchoolNet SA is an approved SACE professional development provider and has been accredited by SACE to award continuing professional development points for certain ac...

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Teachers – want to attend free Minecraft: Education Edition training? Note these opportunities in Joburg (31st May) and Cape Town (2nd June)

If you teach in the Johannesburg or Cape Town area, Microsoft and Computers4Kids are excited to invite you to a free, hands-on experience of Minecraft: Education Edition. Minecraft: Education Edition is already transforming classroom learning all over the world and these hands-on experiences will give you a taste of what this is all about. What is Minecraft: Education Edition? Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) is a version of the popular open world game, Minecraft, specifically designed for educati...

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‘From teacher to certified Minecraft: Education Edition trainer in South Africa’ – a guest post featuring Dominique Cave

This is a guest post featuring Dominique Cave (@dominiquecave), the only Minecraft Certified Educator currently in South Africa. Dominique is a teacher with 23 years of classroom experience, teaching students from pre-school age to Year 13. Her experience has been largely in international schools – she has worked in the UK, Swaziland, Malaysia, Dubai and Kenya. Most recently she was Director of ICT at Hillcrest International schools in Nairobi. Since giving up full time teaching, she has been working f...

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Do you know about Free Office with 1TB space for your learners in South Africa – from Microsoft and 2Enable

In a webinar this week presented by MIEExpert and Microsoft Ambassador, Ronelle Klinck, ( we heard about the partnership offer from Microsoft amd 2Enable in SA and their unbelievable free gift to all South African learners. They have called this offer Mahala. What is Mahala? Microsoft South Africa and 2Enable are partnering up to offer all South African school learners (ages 8 – 25 years) free access to Microsoft Office across all your devices as well as 1TB of OneDrive. It ...

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SchoolNet webinar recording and presentation link ‘A Roadmap for Teacher Professional Development’ by Ronelle Klinck

On Thursday afternoon 11 May at 3:30pm we held a free SchoolNet webinar entitled We are ‘A Roadmap for Teacher Professional Development’ Our speaker was Ronelle Klinck, a MIEExpert from Johannesburg and a Teacher Ambassador with Microsoft South Africa. Ronelle has always been passionate about developing teachers and helping them work toward reaching their goals.She gave us some pointers for teacher professional development as noted in the webinar description below. Webi...

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