Monday, 24 November 2014

The Google Educator Group (GEG) for Cape Town West Coast is being launched today at Parklands College at 3pm. Join us!

imageThe Google Educator Group (GEG) for Cape Town West Coast is being launched today at Parklands College in Table View from 3-6pm.  Please just arrive if you haven’t yet booked.  Here is a message that I received from the organiser yesterday:

"We're really excited to have you at our Google Educator Group Launch tomorrow. We can't wait to share the concept of the community with you. The programme for tomorrow is going to look something like this:

15:00 - Welcome and "What is a GEG and why should you be a part of it?"
15:30 - Google Apps for Education applied in Primary Schools and High Schools
16:00 - Some refreshments (because we know exam times are tough)
16:30 - How to solve real world problems through Education and Technology
17:00 - Create your own projects based on real world problems
17:40 - What's the next step to get more training from the GEG?
18:00 - Farewell

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and growing our community of enthusiastic educators.
Yours in Education
Tiaan Lötter”

Grade 3 Afrikaans Quiz using PowerPoint – a guest post from @BothmaDeidre

This is a guest post from Deidre Bothma who is the Digital Learning Coordinator at Elkanah House Junior Schools.  Deidre does veryexciting lessons in her Grade R - 4=3 classes using a wide range of technology applications. In this post she uses Microisoft’s PowerPoint and Slideboom. This post also featured on Deidre’s blog Thank you for allowing us to use your post as a guest post Deidre!

Our Grade 3′s had so much fun creating an Afrikaans PowerPoint Quiz about ‘My Klaskamer’ (My Classroom). We first wrote our sentences and then took photos with the iPads of various objects in and around our class. We introduced the learners to the PowerPoint Action Buttons – the correct answer to their quiz would hyperlink to the next slide. They even added sounds to the Action Buttons! Take a look at Ross, Kabelo and Brendan’s end product….


SchoolNet says: Thank you very much Deidre - we really appreciate you sharing your knowledge via the SchoolNet blog.  

Nokia MoMaths competition participants – winners announced!

Have your Grade 10 – 12 students signed up for the great, free online Maths help service,Nokia Mobile Maths? This service is available on a web browser as well as a smartphone. The first thing to do is to register at It’s free of charge.


Recently Nokia Mobile Mathematics held a competition with great prizes, and the winners have been announced. This announcement can be found in the news section of the Nokia Mobile Maths application


The announcement says,
“Congratulations to the winners and the most active practisers!

All 10 questions correct in the Competition:
Teboho Makhalemele (Grade 10), Claire Foster-Archibald (Grade 11), Rashia (Grade 12)

Most practice questions completed in the Maths Challenge overall:
Palesa Mofokeng, Teboho Makhalemele, Thato Daphne Mashao, Tlotliso Jonas, Mpho Mollo, Temosho

Lumia smartphones and MTN data bundles go to the above prize winners. Many users came very close to maximum points, which just proves that practice does make perfect! Huge thanks to all contestants and participants. We hope you enjoyed it, look out for future competitions, and keep up the good work!!!”

Thursday, 20 November 2014

You are invited to an exciting Google Educator group launch in Cape Town on Monday afternoon (24th Nov )!! Join us…

This invitation comes from Tiaan Lotter a Google Educator Group  (GEG) leader who teaches at Parklands College in Cape Town.


‘Google Educator Group?’ you ask. ‘What are they?’ Google Educator Groups (GEGs) are being established all over the world. They offer (free of charge) training to enhance the technical abilities of teachers and establish a platform for teachers in a community to collaborate and learn from one another.  Here in South Africa SchoolNet is Google’s Education partner to enhance the growth of Google educator groups around the country.

Details of the launch
If you would like to find out more and even join such a group, and you live in the Cape Town area, you are invited to join the Google Educator Group launch event for the GEG West Coast at Parklands College on the 24th of November from 15:00 - 18:00 to find out more.  All schools in and around the West Coast, Blouberg, Table View, Edgemead, Parklands, Melkbosstrand and beyond are invited to join us. Feel free to send this on to colleagues that may be interested even if they fall outside these areas - we want the reach of this community to stretch as far a possible. This group is being established by Tiaan Lotter of Parklands, Arthur Preston of Elkanah House and Lindsey Durell of Parklands.

For more information and to sign up for this free, fun and informative event, please follow this link:


Read more about GEGs in South Africa
You can read more about GEGs on the SchoolNet blog as follows:
Join GEG South Africa in the meantime...
GEG South Africa is a Google+ community for South African teachers. Please join us and be part of the greater community where we share photos, ideas etc. Currently we have 321 members. 

Office 365 #14: Invite a guest expert into your classroom using Office 365’s Lync video conferencing application

Office 365 core service for this post: Lync
You can use a Lync video conference to invite a ‘guest expert’ into your classroom - or even a grandparent to read to your class at story time.

Simply add your guest as a contact in People, and then schedule an online meeting with them using the Schedule meetingtool under their name. Your guest will get a link to the meeting and if they don’t have Lync on their computer they will be able to download it or use the Web App.

You will have a video and audio connection, and when projected onto your screen or whiteboard, it’s almost as if your ‘guest’ is there in the classroom with you.

Your students can ask questions and interact with their guest without the need for expensive and time-consuming trips and visits.

Lync is a really fantastic way of bringing the world into your classroom… and your classroom into the world.

Online Global Education Conference Day 4 – tune in to more great sessions…

Global ed conf

A message from Steve Haragon, Co-Chair of the annual online Global Education Conference
“Thursday, November 20th, is day four of the fifth annual Global Education Conference.  We had yet another great day of sessions and keynotes on Wednesday, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page (which includes the ones listed below up until you get this note).

The list of today's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag #globaled14. Session recordings are posted immediately following each session.

Special thanks today to the overnight Australia volunteer team (Julie, Anne,and Sue) who are allowing me and Lucy to get some sleep! We do always need more volunteers to help moderate sessions, join us here.”

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Create a Google site: some great tutorials to get you started…

Submitted by Fiona Beal
Thinking of creating a simple 
website without any knowledge of HTML? Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share webpages. Basically, you would follow this sequence:

Log into your Google account and go to
  1. Click the Create button
  2. Choose the Blank Template
  3. Name your site. You'll notice it creates the URL based on the name but you can change that if you wish. The name you choose must be unique in your domain.
  4. Select the Themes section, and choose a theme (i.e. iceberg)
  5. Choose the More Options section, and write a short description of your Site.
  6. Type the captcha code (if you get one)
  7. Click the Create button at the top of the pageIt is as simple as that!
I came across some great tutorials on creating a Google site by Mike Raveneck and thought I would share them here.

1. Creating a Google Site - Sites Tutorial 1 of 5

In the first tutorial of this 5 part series, Mike shows how to create a Google Site.
  • He shows how to log in to Google, then to Google sites and choose ‘Çreate sites’.
  • You can choose a template which can be changed later. You could end up with a site that looks like this one:

2. Basic Editing Features of Google Sites - Sites Tutorial 2 of 5

This tutorial reviews some of the basic editing features of Google Sites, including inserting and formatting options. To get to your newly created site, log in to Google and type in Google sites and navigate to the site you have created. 
  • Mike shows the essential editing features which are common to most word processing documents.
  • He explains Insert, Format, Table and Layout
  • He shows how to insert a YouTube video
  • He demonstrates inserting a Google document. This will be a live document that incorporates any changes made in the document in Google Drive.
  • He demonstrates uploading an image and inserting a Google map
  • He demonstrates inserting a horizontal line, Google +
3. Page & Site Settings of Google Sites - Sites Tutorial 3 of 5

This tutorial illustrates a number of the page and site settings for modifying pages within a Google Site. This is the third tutorial in a five part series on using Google Sites.
  • Click on More in the right hand corner.
  • Mike looks at page settings and demonstrates the various options of website, file cabinet, list or announcement.
  • He discusses page templates and site actions
  • He talks about changing the navigation bar to a horizontal navigation bar; and aslo about managing the site.
  • Mike discusses the Google Help section also available under the More button.

4. Adding a New Page to Your Google Site - Sites Tutorial 4 of 5

This tutorial reviews some how to add new pages and subpages within a Google Site.
  • Click on the new page button on the top right.
  • Create your pages first. Afterwards add them to your navigation bar.
  • Mike also discusses how you go  about nesting pages under the horizontal navigation bar.  Once can change to a sidebar if required,
5. 'Managing' Your Google Site - Sites Tutorial 5 of 5

This tutorial reviews how to manage a Google Site using the features within the 'Manage Site' area of the Site. It is the final video in a five part tutorial series on using Google Sites.
  • There is only 100MB of storage available in a Google site
  • Under the Manage sites hyperlink under ‘More’ you can create a copy of the site.
  • You can change the theme of your site under manage site – change theme.
  • Further problems can be ironed out by looking through the Site Help section under More.

Office 365 #13: Share your calendar with colleagues using Office 365


Office 365 core services for this post:, Calendar 

Did you know you could share your calendar? Office 365 makes it easy, and you can choose how much of the information is shared - all of it or only some.

In you can add multiple calendars of other users who have shared their calendars with you to view on one screen. This is extremely useful when it comes to scheduling tutorials, meetings and other events as you can overlay many people’s calendars to see when the most suitable time would be to arrange something. No more lengthy email threads trying to work out when everyone can make it!

Simply click on the share icon, choose who you’d like to share your calendar with and then set the level of information sharing.


Online Global Education Conference Day 3 – tune in to some great sessions…


Wednesday, November 19th, is day three of the fifth annual Global Education Conference. We had another great day of sessions and keynoteson Tuesday, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page.
The list of Wednesday's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag#globaled14. Session recordings are posted immediately following each session.

(US-Eastern Time)
  • Globally Connecting Classes through Interactive Learning Objects - Ezra Samantha M. Mancenido (Undergraduate, Bachelor of Elementary Education - Special Education)
  • Connecting Education to the Cloud for Digital Citizenship - Chryssanthe Sotiriou, High School EFL Coordinator
  • Democratization: Stuctural Change of Regimen and of the Living Experience at Schools - Olek Netzer, Ph.D.
  • Speechcraft Online: Connecting the Speakers' Trainers Globally - Carole McCulloch
  • KEYNOTE: Omashani Naidoo
  • "El Camino de la Praxis en la Aldea Global del Siglo XXI" - Prof. Stella Maris Berdaxagar
  • Connecting Students to Language and Culture through a Culture Cafe - Dr. Thomas Moncrief
  • Flipped Classroom para la asignatura Informática - Mrs Silvana Salica
  • ¿Informática sin computadoras? - Alba Silvana Salica
  • Global Education Coalition-New York City: Organizational Collaboration to Support Local Educators Develop Globally Competent Youth - Alice Forsythe, Director of Partnerships
  • Increase Global Collaboration and Recognize Achievements with Digital Badges - Michael Boll
  • Integrating Science Teaching with 21st Century Skills - Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee
  • MAD Day from Syria Makes A Difference - Samah AlJundi
  • Maintaining Bridges to Swaziland Via Social Media - Susan Jacques Pierson, Ph.D.
  • A global social enterprise empowering underprivileged women through photography to overcome structural constraints of women empowerment - Bonnie Chiu (Director and Co-Founder of Lensational Limited)
  • Global Outreach Through Skype - Katie Wampler
  • Making and Learning - A Global Connection - Don Buckley, Co-Founder
  • Speak First: Shifting Modern Language Programs from Writing and Grammar Toward Genuine Global Connection - Jason Cummings Ph.D. Modern Language Department Head
  • Teaching First Year Library Research Experience in China: Strategies, Assessments, Challenges and Opportunities - Raymond Pun, Reference and Research Services Librarian
  • KEYNOTE: Thomas Röhlinger on "Global Education strategies for a world at an historic 'tipping-point'"
  • Casting the net wider: How can we encourage new participants in global learning? - Heidi Gibson, founder, Learning is Global
  • FlippingPD - Pre-Service Teachers Teaching Teachers Globally - Eva Brown, Instructor/Developer
  • Fostering Societal Consciousness through Soft Skills Training - Dr. Revathi Viswanathan
  • Ideas and Tips for Enhancing and Nurturing your Global Competency - Bonnie Koenig
  • The Global Understanding Program: Preparing Students for the Global Society - Dr. Jami Leibowitz, Interim Director of GlobalAcademic Initiatives and Director of Global Understanding
  • Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classroom Designs for the 21st Century - Jennifer Williams, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Go and Smell the Roses! - Kathy Beck, Instructional Technology Coordinator
  • How American Higher Education is Missing Out on the Global Pie - Anatoly Lezhen - Entrepreneur+Enthusiast
  • Talking Kites all over the world in the footsteps of j.Korcak - Ruty Hotzen
  • Teaching Global Competency Through Skills-Based Learning - Amanda Stamp, Global Education Director
  • KEYNOTE: Tonya Muro on "100 Years: 100 Countries - AFS' Intercultural Learning in Teachers Colleges as a Pathway to Peace"
  • How do we fit global education within our curriculum at various grade levels? - Paul Loranger educational Consultant
  • KEYNOTE: Paul Salopek & Liz Dawes Duraisingh on "Out of Eden Learn: Slowing down and exchanging stories in the digital age"
  • TIG's Free Educational Games - Tania Rashid, Global Education Program Administrator
  • Tips on Designing a Global-focused Class - Adam Carter
  • KEYNOTE: Leslie Paynter on "Developing Empathy, Collaboration, and Reflection in Elementary Children: Voyager Academy Elementary~an Ashoka Changemaker School"
  • KEYNOTE: John Mergendoller on "From Packets to Gold Standard Project Based Learning"
  • A French and American Classroom Connection: Improving Linguistic Cultural Proficiency through E-Learning - Fabrice Fresse, VIF Cultural Exchange Teacher at Hopewell High School Lauren Oswald, English Teacher Assistant of TAPIF
  • Bringing the World to our Classroom: Connecting and Communicating on a Whole New Level - Susie Oh - Director of Information Resource & Technology Integration Specialist
  • Developing A Global PLN - Akevy Greenblatt
  • La aplicación de la teoría de las inteligencias múltiples en la educación virtual - Lorena Jiménez
  • "Eso que HACEMOS Ahí (en Presencia Del otro maléfico) del nuestro de estar-en-Siendo en disciplina" con "Humanidad Hacia otros", Ubuntu. - Pedro Néstor Ibáñez Lic. en Psicología
  • ACCESS Program's Enhancement activities: honing students' collaboration, leadership, and communication skills. - El Baida Marouane, EFL and ACCESS Program Teacher
  • Going Global: Facilitating and Designing Collaborative Classroom Projects at Home and Abroad - Lindsey Myers, Library Media Specialist
  • Increasing Student Achievement Through Nonlinguistic Teaching Strategies - Patricia J. Davis, Ph.D.
  • Library Beyond Borders: Fostering Global Learners by Connecting Libraries around the World - Cintia Bastos - k-12 Librarian
  • KEYNOTE: Lisa Parisi, Donna Roman, Toni Olivieri Barton, Emily Roth, Maire O'Keeffe, Betsey Sargent and Robyn Thiessen on "Our Global Friendships"
  • Going Global at Home - Kathleen McInerney, Ph.D.
  • Hearin the Silence Behind Learning Goals and Success Criteria - Mrs. Najwa Chalabi
  • One World: Many Stories - Patricia Davis, Ph.D.
  • The Value of Values in Transformative Learning Framework. How student values/experiences impact learning and instructional design methods. - Richard C. Close CEO
  • Using Facebook and Twitter as Online Classrooms: Connecting Educators and Learners Around the Globe - Pierre Moncal and Katrina Ingco - BEEd Special Education Undergraduate
  • A Student-Led Virtual Technology Conference? A New Model for Collaboration! - Student Technology Leadership Team
  • Examining methods for promoting college student engagement in course-based collaborative projects online - Leon James, Dr.
  • The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Building Global Relationships that Endure - Middle School Math Teacher and Co-leader ofGlobal Initiatives
  • The Global We : Middle School Pedagogy for Global Engagement - Will McDononough: Social Studies & English teacher; History Department Co-Chair
  • KEYNOTE: Mayus Chavez on "Common Core Global Standards"
  • Linking Leaders with Communities - Moderation Best Practices - Ian Murray - Facilitator
  • Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology - Marshal Conley Senior Consultant
  • SPOTLIGHT: From Empathy to Action: Assessing your Social Justice Impact - Noble Kelly, President & Founder
  • Exploring the Middle East through video conferencing - Terry Godwaldt, Director of Programming
  • Pedagogía de la autoridad - John JairoGarcía García; Psicólogo, Docente.
  • Using Adinkra Symbols from Ghana to Explore Universal Values and Student Identity - Sue Ron-Gonzalez, Literacy Specialist