The 21st Century Teacher – what does this term mean to you?

Submitted by Fiona Beal One often hears the words 21st century teacher bandied about today. What exactly does this term mean?   Is the 21st century teacher any different from the 20th century teacher or the 19th century teacher? A quick Google search doesn’t throw very much light on 18th, 19th, or 20th century teaching but changing the search criteria to ‘21st century’ reveals PLENTY of resources – 21st-century school, 21st-century education, 21st-century teacher, 21st-century skill...

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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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Add navigation pages to your wiki and write on them!

Submitted by Fiona Beal Last week I wrote a blogpost and challenged teachers to consider creating a wiki if they don’t already have one. My post was called  ‘Why not create a wiki for your classroom’?  A wiki is a superb calssroom tool, really. Well, if you took the challenge and created a wiki, I have some more fabulous tips for you to spruce it up a bit.  Add navigation pages The first thing you could so is add navigation pages on the left hand side to give it that website feel...

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Class Dojo–a fantastic classroom motivational tool

Submitted by Fiona Beal I have always loved creating a classroom spirit in my classes and one way of doing this is introducing plenty of motivational tools to encourage the learners. I was absolutely delighted recently when I came across this Glogster advertising two teachers’ use of a classroom motivational tool called Class Dojo. This is something that would work so well in a primary school classroom. Caitlin Jones and Erin Schudde did a fantastic job of this Glogster, don’t you agree? (I ...

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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: 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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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 (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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Are you a 21st century teacher?

The SimpleK12 Learning community put out this question not too long ago ‘Are you a 21st century teacher’ in their blog post: They added a number of pointers to consider. This really got me thinking. Let’s be honest – our world is changing rapidly – are we as educators keeping up? What do you think about these questions? Do you think they are a fair reflection of effective 21st century teaching? &nb...

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