SA teachers – get involved in Learning Circles: closing date 29 January 2014

  What are Learning Circles? Learning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. The website is very informative http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-17. Learning Circles provide a great structure for educators, both those new to global project-based learning and those with experience already, and also come with a comprehensive Teachers Guide ( more info here – http://www.iearn.org/circles ).  There are two s...

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A close look at introducing project-based learning into your classroom in 7 steps. Try it!

http://www.bie.org/about/what_is_pbl Submitted by Fiona Beal In this post we’ll go through the steps to implementing project-based learning in your classroom and then we’ll hear from an expert in designing projects – Michele Botha from Somerset House and see how she does it. Introduction The old-school model of passively learning facts and reciting or memorising them out of context is no longer sufficient to prepare our students to survive in today’s world with its complex pro...

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Webinar of past winners shows the creative ideas teachers come up with to enter Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Forum

At the moment we are having a series of nine webinars featuring past finalists and winners in Microst’s Partners in Learning Forum (formerly called the Innovative Teacher competition)  I have thoroughly enjoyed hosting and listening to these twice a week as it shows me that we have some very creative teachers in our midst. I have also had the tasks of converting these webinars to YouTube videos and podcasts which makes for easier viewing  Today I am going to feature the webinar presented by...

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Join our webinar session of past winners at 5pm today!

This afternoon we have another webinar of three past finalists or winners in the South African Partners in Learning forum. Please log in as a guest and join us if you can: http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/previouswinners4/ Ngaka Ralekoala from Bloemfontein We have Ngaka Ralekoala who worked in a team of four in a project about vulnerable children. In this project learners from participating schools received training in ethics and research methodology and then conducted research in their local communi...

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What are YOU doing about the Partners in Learning Forum this year?

Can you feel the excitement in the air? it’s time to be preparing for Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Forum. This is an exciting competition that used to be called the Innovative Teacher competition. There are some superb prizes available, and it is really worth giving it your best shot. The competition involves taking something you are doing in class and adding technology to it. If you are successful you could be in for a year that involves travel and adventure! If you haven’t starte...

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A recap. of our South African teachers’ involvement in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum in 2011

Since the Partners in Learning Forum (formerly known as the Innovative Teachers’ Forum) has opened its 2012 competition and we at SchoolNet are encouraging all teachers to participate in our free online support group http://partnersinlearningforum-sa.wikispaces.com/Sign+up+for+this+course (so that we can support you with your entry), I thought I would write and tell you something about our participants last year.  Face-to-face Courses in 2011 and 2012 SchoolNet hosted a number of free face-to-f...

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Microsoft announces the Partners in Learning South African Forum 2012

Calling all South African teachers who are using technology in engaging ways. Entries are now open for the Microsoft Partners in Learning South African Forum 2012. Share your innovative lesson or project that uses ICT and you could win a trip to Morocco to attend the Middle East Africa Forum and from there, possibly the Global Forum in Athens, Greece. What do teachers need to do to enter the Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum? Teachers need to have run a project or lesson that uses ICT in a creative an...

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ISTE-NASA Education Project Application Deadline, January 15

ISTE and NASA are collaborating to provide a great project for Middle and High School teachers who are enthusiastic about SPACE.  The selected teachers will work together in groups to produce educational materials for teachers and students about the Earth’s  magnetosphere. The final projects stand a chance to be featured at the ISTE 2012 annual conference and exposition, and may also be selected for publication on the NASA website.  Are you a Middle or High School teacher that fits thes...

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Get involved in blogging projects

Even if you have only one computer in your classroom, you can make a start in integrating technology into your curriculum by getting your class involved in a blogging programme. Why not consider it? Get involved in blogging projects View more presentations from fionabeal ...

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Looking for a project to get involved in in 2012?

IEARN has some interesting new projects for you to consider. If I can urge you to do one thing in 2012 it is to get your class involved in global projects. It is really worth it and will be really exciting for your learners.  1. Learning Circles http://www.iearn.org/circles/ 2. Special Places project http://media.iearn.org/projects/specialplaces 3. Future Citizens project http://media.iearn.org/projects/futurecitizen 4. Special Moon Observationhttp://media.iearn.org/projects/moon 4....

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