Learning Circles – Collaboration and Professional Learning Opportunity

  Learning Circles – Register Now for September 30th Start! iEARN Learning Circles is a fantastic opportunity for K-12 iEARN educators and students to take part in a highly interactive and facilitated project experience among a small number of schools located throughout the world. There is a topic of interest for everyone in all grade levels. Participants will identify and implement a classroom project related to the theme, then gain input and feedback from partner classrooms before developin...

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Become a Master Trainer for the C-Delta programme!

Missed our C-Delta Training Webinar? No worries! Join Our Webinar Session Date: 16th July 2020, 4-5 PM RSVP HERE: https://bit.ly/2YLAq7w . What is C-Delta? The Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) is a programme designed to promote a digital education environment. The goal is to develop leaders who can demonstrate how to use ICTs effectively and influence others around them to use digital technology appropriately and effectively for learning (and earning) a...

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Seeing is believing: A wonderful collection of YouTube video stories for young learners!

Reading Matters, a leading distributor, and supplier of educational books and resources in South Africa, is pleased to announce the addition of a wonderful collection of YouTube video stories for young learners, on their website! Established in 1997, Reading Matters has worked tirelessly at promoting language and literacy in South Africa alongside READ Educational Trust, a non-profit literacy organisation. The website, www.readingmatters.co.za, is filled with educational resources for parents, learners,...

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Impact Story: Mr Maweya

SchoolNet SA hosted the very first Finding and Using Science Resources Webinar using Adobe connect on the 28th of April 2020. The idea behind the lesson was to take teachers through an online classroom using PhET interactive simulations. The interactive simulations lesson was not greatly attended mainly due to data constraints however; teachers who attended followed through and enjoyed the lesson. The teacher who stood out during the lesson was Mr. Maweya from NM Tsuene High School, who was greatly excit...

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Department of Basic Education COVID-19 Guides

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has designed and released timely COVID-19 Guides for Teachers and Learners in Eight (8) Official Languages that provide ideas for how teachers, learners, and parents can deal with going back to school and learning during the lockdown. The guides aim to assist education stakeholders with COVID 19 protocols that can be observed during the phasing in of physical teaching and continued virtual learning. The DBE guides outline regulations on COVID-19 in the classroom, t...

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#FollowFriday Staff Feature: Mathapelo Sehume

Our #followfriday #friday feature #meetourstaff staff champion is a powerhouse, a woman on grace and strength, a believer of hard work and faith, a lover of traveling. She is a leader, a problem solver, a community builder and a direct and outspoken person, she is Mathapelo Sehume. Mathapelo officially started working for SchoolNet SA back in 2010 however her initial encounter with SchoolNet was in 2009 when she was an intern for an employability program called NFP ( New Futures Programme), this was a pro...

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#FollowFriday Staff Feature: Mduduzi Mndebele

Our #followfriday #fridayfeature #meetourstaff staff champion today is one of the most efficient hard working person Mduduzi Mndebele. Mduduzi has been working for SchoolNet SA for a year now, and he is loving his journey. He is a Digital Learning Support Specialist based in NM Tsuene Secondary School in Pretoria, Ga-Rankuwa. As a Learning Support Specialist, Mduduzi is dedicated to make a change in his community, he is driven by helping teachers and learners understand the value Technology can bring in t...

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Distance Learning Resources

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase daily in South Africa, and organisations, businesses, and corporates working remotely, we have gathered all the shared list of resources into one easily accessible blog with those relevant to the South African Curriculum at the top of the list, these resources can be implemented quickly and without any IT specialty. The resources focus on remote communication, content learning platforms, management systems, and reading platforms. Here is a curated li...

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#FollowFriday Staff Feature: Ambesiwe Madolwana

Our #followfriday #fridayfeature #meetourstaff staff champion today is our lovely @siwe_madosco @ambe_madolz . She started working at SchoolNet in 2018, which makes it 3 years in March. She is a Digital Learning Support Specialist based in Khwezi Lomso Comprehensive school in Port Elizabeth. She is a hard worker, an inspiration to the community, a caring person, a woman of stature, an IT guru and very invested in her work. Ambesiwe is a trainer, who is passionate about working with learners and hel...

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International Day of Education – Celebrating the Power of Education

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Schoolnet teachers at workThe 24 January 2020, marks the second International Day of Education. The United Nations General Assembly adopted this day in 2018 as a means to focus attention on the role of Education in achieving Peace and Sustainable Development. The International Day of Education is firmly rooted in the Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

It is globally believed that digital skills and the use of digital technologies for learning can contribute to closing the various gaps in Education. Through access to digital infrastructure, connectivity, digital curriculum resources, and digital learning, we will be better equipped to achieve quality education for all.

With the conversation of #4IR on the tip of our tongues, educational technologies have the affordance and potential of addressing many educational inadequacies. On this International Day of Education, we celebrate SchoolNet South Africa and its contribution over the past twenty-three years to provide professional development and support to teachers, learners, senior leadership in schools, education officials, and digital skills to out of school youth and communities in under-served areas throughout the country.

We know first-hand that professional development opportunities in South Africa are deeply varied and currently are displayed in different forms; it can be limited to attending meetings and conferences, advocacy around new ideas, or as is the case in many instances, is a one-size fits all training session that dulls the brain and crushes the soul with impractical methods that are not easily implementable in the classroom.

Research has shown and our practice depicts that professional development should engage teachers and school administrators as learners themselves, and accompany them on the path as they grow, both personally and as professionals, to do their jobs even better, and make a positive difference in the lives of children so that they can achieve their full potential.

For more information about our work and partners, please feel free to browse our website and follow us on Instagram and Twitter using our @SchoolNetSA handles. You can also stay up to date with all the latest developments in ICT in Education in South Africa, by following our Facebook page.

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