Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Why not tune in to our free September SchoolNet webinar on Thurs 3.30pm - 'Beyond PowerPoint with Online Apps'


We are pleased to announce that our September webinar will be held this week on 22nd September at 3:30pm. Our speaker will be Mabore Lekalakala is a South African educator currently teaching Grade 6 Mathematics and Natural Sciences & Technology at Toronto Primary School in Limpopo, Province. Mabore is the winner of numerous educational technology titles and she is currently a MIEExpert. We will be using the Adobe Connect webinar platform for the webinar. Please join us if you can. (If you would like to present a short webinar on a topic of interest to teachers, please let fiona@schoolnet.org.za know!)

Webinar details
Webinar title: Beyond PowerPoint with Online Apps
Summary: In this webinar, Mabore will show us how to use PowerPoint to create video-based lessons including in the lessons new add-ins and other special features such as YouTube videos, Google Forms, Quizzes, Geogebra, and Testmoz to make them interactive. She will also demonstrate how to create PowerPoint games.The lessons will be saved in the cloud where they will be accessible on any device.
When: Thursday 22nd September, 2016 at 3:30pm, online
Duration: 15 - 30 minutes
Presenter: Mabore Lekalakala is a South African educator currently teaching Grade 6 Mathematics and Natural Sciences & Technology at Toronto Primary School in Limpopo, Province.
Host: Fiona Beal (SchoolNet)
To join the meetinghttp://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/beyondpowerpoint/


Note
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Monday, 19 September 2016

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #69

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week:


Friday, 16 September 2016

Useful Google in Education posts this week #72

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers.


Invitation to a Google GEG event - THE AMAZING RACE Google Style - Fri 14th October 2:30pm Wynberg Girls School

Here's a GEG (Google Educator Group) event that you don't want to miss if you live in Cape Town! The Amazing Race! It is offered by the GEG Cape Town Central group.
Date: Friday 14th October 2016
Time:  2:30 - 4:30pm
Place: Wynberg Girls High School
Topic: The Amazing Race Google Style!
Register: bit.ly/2016GEGWYNGHS


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Consider joining a Global Learning Circle - a great way to collaborate with other teachers and classes globally


What are Global Learning Circles?
The Global Learning Circles project attempts to draw participation from iEARN members in as many countries as possible.  Teachers and students work together in small groups to learn about each other by exchanging cultural information and working together in collaborative project work.   
  • There are two sessions each year, September - January and January - May. 
  • This session begins September 30, 2016, and ends on January 15, 2017. Apply ASAP
  • The next session starts in February 2017

To join iEARN Learning Circles, you must complete a placement form at least two weeks before the beginning of the session. Once you complete the placement form you will be placed in a Circle for the next session.
Interested?  Please review the choices below, and then click Join this Space at the bottom of this page and fill out the registration form on the following page. 

Circle themes
For this session, Circle themes are as follows:
  • My Hero: Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • My Hero Call To Action: Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Computer Chronicles: Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Places and Perspectives: Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Mindworks: Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Global Issues: Environment: Middle and High School
  • Global Issues: Education: Middle and High School
  • Early People Symbols Project: Elementary and Middle
Find more details about these themes at  https://iearn.org/cc/space-29

How to join a Learning Circle
Interested teachers can register at the following site: https://iearn.org/cc/space-29
  • All they need is their iEARN login and password. If you don't have this then please first register/join as a teacher at https://iearn.org/
  • Many experienced participants have already registered, so we are hoping for a very active and dynamic session of Learning Circles. 
  • If a teacher would like more information or if they have questions, they can contact Dr Barry Kramer at: learningcircles@gmail.com, ccOmashani@schoolnet.org.za

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #68

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week:


Monday, 12 September 2016

Hack the Classroom online live event in back! Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 7PM - 9PM SAST


Hack the Classroom is back, bringing together the best innovators, disrupters and hackers in the education community to share tips, tricks and ideas for creating a more empowered classroom. It’s happening live on Saturday, September 24th, it’s online, and it’s free! Register now:http://aka.ms/hacktheclassroom

Why you should register
As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it can feel overwhelming to know what and how to incorporate new technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. The key is to start with just a few small steps.

Benefits
By attending Hack the Classroom online event, you will:
  • Hear from inspiring speakers and thought leading educators
  • Learn from teachers by taking a glimpse into their classrooms to see how small changes, result in huge student impact
  • Engage, interact, and pose questions with speakers and other educators
  • Gain access to professional development resources and tools to get started
Register today to reserve your spot. Find details and agenda.

Twitter @Microsoft_EDU and share your thoughts using #HackTheClassroom!

15 Sept 2016 - Last chance to apply to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert!


Have you considered applying for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert 20016/2017 program?  Although the MIE-Expert application process on the Microsoft Educator Community has closed, South African and Lesotho teachers have a final opportunity to apply to be part of the MIE Expert program for 2016/2017. If you would like to be part of this elite group of teachers who are using technology to pave the way for better learning and student outcomes you have until 15 September 2016 to submit your application.

To apply, you will need to
  • join the Microsoft Educator Community and complete your profile
  •  create a 2 minute video, Sway or Office Mix that explains why you consider yourself to be an MIE Expert; how you have used Microsoft technologies; and how you hope being part of the program will assist in your current role; (you will need to upload your creation online – and include a link to it as part of the entry process
  • complete the online application form here: http://bit.ly/MIEEnomination by 15 September 2016

If you would like more information on the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program and how you can apply take a look at this flier giving all the details.

Remember – nothing ventured – nothing gained!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Useful Google in Education posts this week #71

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers.
Useful Google in Education posts this week #71
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