In October 2018, SchoolNet SA facilitators Hlengiwe Mfeka and Senzo Ngcobo completed the Intel Tablets in the Classroom for 28 GET subject advisors from Kwa-Zulu Natal at the Bergville Education Centre. These subject advisors had already attended two previous courses namely; ICT Skills for Teachers and Using Digital Resources in the Classroom. The Tablets course, which formed the final step in their professional development pathway, aimed to provide subject advisors with tools and strategies for integrat...Read more
During the October school break, 32 of the 42 Tshwane West interns attended a two day workshop. The intention of this session was to provide the interns with some strategies and resources that they can use when supporting teachers and learners with ICT integration and technical support. The sessions took place at the Thuto-Pele Education Centre in in Ga-Rankuwa. Whilst this centre had a computer lab, interns were encouraged to use their own laptops as these are the digital tools that they use at the sch...Read more
SchoolNet’s Hlengiwe Mfeka recently ran a workshop on Using in Digital Resources in the Classroom with teachers from twelve KwaNdgenezi schools, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pinetown.
Following the workshop, Hlengiwe visited each of the schools involved to observe lessons and to provide some additional support to teachers. Described below are some of the lessons that Hlengiwe observed. These lessons are good examples of how digital tools and content can be incorporated into lessons, even where t...Read more
Submitted by Fiona Beal
Microsoft’s SongSmith is such a fun free tool to use in the classroom. If you join Microsoft’s Microsoft Educator Network as an educator you can download and install this programme for free. It is really worth it! I have found that it mainly works best from a laptop – I haven’t tried it on a tablet as yet.
SongSmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Basically, you choose a musical style and beat from their options, sing i...Read more
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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...Read more
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Not too long ago I came across an article that posed the question ‘Is Twitter the Driving Force Behind Upcoming Educational Change?’ and that question constantly echoes in my mind. Twitter is an incredible tool for sharing, summarising, communicating, sending quick messages, using a hashtag for conferences and events – the list is endless. Undoubtedly, for the educator Twitter is a must. I, for one, have learned SO MUCH from my Twitter PLN.
So, for this reason...Read more
You have probably heard the word ‘curator’ being bandied around? ‘Curating’ is one of the latest buzzwords and that is what Scoop.it does. (I haven’t yet investigated Paper.li but it could be similar). So, what happens is you join Scoop.it (http://www.scoopit.com) and choose a topic you would like information about.
Scoop.it then crawls the Internet searching for articles based on the keywords you have given to your search topic. You then curate by choosing which ...Read more
I absolutely LOVE this feature of Slideshare where you can embed YouTube videos within Slideshare instead of having a string of them on your blog page. Well, today I got rather ambitious and thought I would gather a collection of the Google tutorials I have been learning from recently…12 videos… to see if adding a large amount of videos would work. It seems that it does work. Well, it was a lengthy affair because I first got all the urls incorrect. You have to use the url that shows under the...Read more
The prestigious Google Academy for 2012 is coming up in London in April and applications had to be in last week. Applicants were given a choice of two topics for creating a video to accompany their online application form, ‘Classroom Innovation’ and ‘Learning and Motivation’. I came across Martin Burnett’s video on Classroom Innovation today – just love it. Don’t we all want classrooms like this? By the way, Martin Burnett was the winner of the Best Educatio...Read more
Recently I created a Slideshare called ‘Your blog can be a fantastic teaching tool’ and I wrote from the standpoint of the teacher using a blog to teach. I posted this in an earlier blog post. Here it is just as a reminder.
A blog can be a fantastic teaching tool
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Today’s post examines how a blog can be very beneficial to the students in a classroom, and in this case, an English classroom.
Create a blog for yourself and for your students