Pearson’s ‘International Teacher (and School) Of The Year Award’ that you might like to apply for …closing date 2 May 2014

Pearson’s forwarded us information about this International competition for teachers (and schools) and I thought it would be a great idea to promote it via our SchoolNet blog. Closing date is May 2nd 2014.  Information follows: Read about last year’s winners Read what the 2013 winners had to say about the competition here School & Teacher of the Year Awards The second annual School and Teacher of the year Awards will be presented at the 21CLHK December 2014 conference at the Hon...

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Isibonelo Secondary School in KwaMashu Opens New Computer Lab

submitted by Hlengiwer Mfeka KwaMashu, KZN: Isibonelo Secondary School opened their new fully fledged-computer lab that may be used to preparing learners for the 21st century economy on 21 February 2014. The lab resulted from the efforts between giveITback and EasyPay. The effort is an example of how public-private partnerships are still a viable option to mobilize resources and enhance efforts to bridge a digital divide.  The lab include 36 new modern computers equipped with educational soft...

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‘Awesome Aurasma’ – an AMAZING lesson from @apeters522 on teaching the different forms of humour to a Grade 9 class using Aurasma

This is another guest post from Anthony Peters (@apeters522) who is an innovative English teacher from Parklands College in Cape Town. In a previous post Anthony shared his very successful Shakespeare QR code Scavenger Hunt Assessment activity done with Grade 9 students.  This week we asked if he would share his lesson using Aurasma, the amazing, free,  augmented reality app (for both iOS and Android devices)  that can bring life to lessons.  Thank you for your great sharing Anthony a...

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An innovative approach to assessment – Romeo & Juliet QR Code Treasure Hunt at Parklands College (by Anthony Peters)

This is a guest post from Anthony Peters (@apeters522) who is an innovative English teacher from Parklands College in Cape Town. SchoolNet noticed his tweets about their English Department’s proposed Shakespeare QR code Scavenger Hunt Assessment activity with Grade 9 and asked  if he would be willing to share this with us as a guest post after the event. We’re thrilled at the result. Thank you Anthony! The QR Scavenger Hunt Assessment idea The awesome English Department at Parkland...

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Schools, join ENO in the 2014 Treelympics starting 21 March! (Win a trip to Finland!)

The ENO Programme calls schools in the world to join ENO Treelympics, olympiads for tree planting. Their target is to plant 100 million trees by 2017. This commitment was made in the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012. To boost the participation of schools for 100 million trees by 2017, ENO will launch ENO Treelympics, starting 21 March and ending 24 October. 21 March is proclaimed the International Day of Forests by the United Nations. Every school is invited to take part and plant trees . After...

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Brescia House in Johannesburg shares their ICT knowledge with others

Brescia House School in Bryanston has been selected by Microsoft as one of 80 outstanding mentor schools from around the world and will be represented at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Barcelona next month. This story “Mentor schools help others optimize technology’ appeared in the February 11th Star newspaper. In the photo, Lyneth Crighton, head of innovations and staff development at Brescia House can be seen tutoring students in the garden.   This article can be downloaded fr...

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Game-based learning at a local South African School…

This is a guest post from Hawa Patel. Hawa is an educator  and ICT Co-ordinator at Roshnee Islamic School. She is a programmer and the District Teacher Moderator for GDE(D7). She is also the GDE CAPS Lead Trainer. Hawa  was a Microsoft Innovative teacher finalist in 2011. Her school in Vereeniging is involved in an interesting project relating to games in education , so I asked her if she would write a guest post for the blog about it. Hawa says: ” The Roshnee Islamic Primary ...

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A most inspiring visit to Somerset House Primary in Somerset West

Submitted by Fiona Beal Somerset House is a really beautiful school in the Helderberg area of Somerset West.  I have been wanting to visit Somerset House for such a long time as I have heard so much about the great things they are doing curriculum-wise. This is a school that is on the move! For example: They have incorporated Bring Your Own Device into their Grade 6 and 7 classrooms in a very successful pilot. Michele Botha from Somerset West presented a webinar about this for SchoolNet. In fa...

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Judi Francisco’s amazing Grade 6 blended/flipped classroom project at Micklefield Primary

Judi Francisco is a very creative technology co-ordinator from Micklefield Girls’ Primary School in Cape Town. I always like to keep my eye on her to see what she is up to next! (In fact I wrote a blogpost about the event she co-ordinated at Micklefield last year – “What a privilege to attend IT Design Week report back to parents at Micklefield Primary“) So when she invited me to visit her classroom on the last day of her Grade 6 flipped/blended classroom ‘JustBlendit’ project a c...

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Reading in 1st Grade – some inspirational methods

Submitted by Fiona Beal  I always enjoy hearing about different ways of making reading meaningful to our young learners. I also enjoy hearing about how different technologies are used in school.  So today was a double bonus day for me! First of all I came across this YouTube video showing how a Finish Grade 1 teacher uses smart phones to teach reading.  Then, I came across the insights and experiences of a teacher, who is exploring the use and benefits of Ipads for reading in First Gra...

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