Thursday, 27 November 2014

Exciting news - Two TeachMeets planned in Port Elizabeth in 2015 – save the dates!

If you have ever attended a TeachMeet you will know how exciting it is to heard everybody's 3-5 minute ideas. Drik Greeff who is from the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape in the eLearning sub-directorate has sent a,essage about two TeachMeets in Port Elizabeth planned for 2015. If yyou live in that area please save these dates.

"Dear Colleagues in the Port Elizabeth and surrounding areas

We have exciting news: There will be two Teachmeet events in Port Elizabeth in 2015! Please write these two events in your diaries.

What is a Teachmeet? A Teachmeet is a forum where teachers get together and share interesting ICT experiences. It can be a website, useful software, Excel applications...any ICT related experience. It is relevant to all teachers, all subjects, all phases, etc.

More details will follow in 2015. Remember to keep these dates for the Port Elizabeth Teachmeets."


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Nokia MoMaths name changed to Microsoft Maths on 26th November…

Have you noticed? Today the name of the current Nokia Mobile Mathematics for Grade 10-12 Maths students changed due to the acquisition of Nokia Devices & Services business by Microsoft. The new name for the service is Microsoft Math

The upgrade to the website consists of simply a new landing (log-in) page, where you will see the new name, Microsoft Math, as well as a new layout including images and an introductory text about the service. Microsoft Math has also uploaded an Overview presentation and a 1-pager leaflet in PDF format which is downloadable from the landing page.


The URL of the service will also change from to - however please note that this may not happen at the same time with the visual change on the website.

Get access to quality learning content 24/7, on any device!
Microsoft Math makes the learning experience personal, engaging and exciting. Students can do math exercises, read theory, learn from examples, and take tests.
Microsoft Math adds a social dimension to education, making it possible to collaborate and compete with other students.

Teachers can use Microsoft Math to motivate, monitor, and track learning and skill levels, giving more specific and individual feedback to students. It’s a great tool for enriching the learning experience, engaging students even after school hours and outside classrooms.


Some great ‘Top 10 posts’ showing great collections of useful, free web resources for the classroom

Every now and then you come across a great blog that shares really interesting resources and shows how to use them in the classroom. Today I came across such a blog called Raki’s Rad Resources and on this blog were a number of great posts I would like to share with you


I really liked the Top Ten Lists that she has placed on her blog. These are collections of resources she has collected and feels they are worth sharing:

1. 10 best reading websites for the elementary classroom


2. Top 10 Science Websites for Elementary students


3. Top 10 Maths websites for the elementary classroom


4. 10 best writing sites for the elementary classroom


To top it all Heidi shares a lovely FREE e-book called ‘ on the TeachersPayTeachers site.  I have just doiwnloaded it and it contains great resources.


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.”