Sunday, 28 June 2015

12 great Google posts this week #20

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to my various subscriptions recently, these are the ten that have caught my eye so far..

Friday, 26 June 2015

Webinar recording from SchoolNet’s free webinar on Thursday 25th June at 3:15pm on ‘Alice – how you can use it in the classroom’ by Clair Dean

On Thursday afternoon 25th June we held a webinar entitled, ‘Alice – how you can use it in the classroom’. Our speaker was Claire Dean Head of ICT at Stirling Primary School, East London

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Background to the webinar
Claire is an expert on using Alice in the classroom. Alice is a free, innovative 3-D interactive animation environment (suitable for learners who are ten years old or older) that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.

The webinar description
Claire says, “Alice 3 is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story.Alice 3 is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming, learning fundamental programming concepts. Alice is suitable for learners who are 10 years old and older.”

 The downloadable webinar presentation
Here is the downloadable presentation from the webinar available online in SlideShare:



The webinar recording
The webinar recording can be listened to on the following link:
http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/p5bgydhbwg6/

SchoolNet South Africa provides a short, free webinar on most Thursday afternoons during the school term.

This week's useful Microsoft posts for teachers #10

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:

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

SchoolNet conducts professional development workshops as part of the Telkom Foundation ICT project in Multigrade Farm Schools

Telkom Foundation in 2014, sponsored ICT infrastructure worth over R 200,000 per winner in each of the twelve categories of the National Teaching Awards. As part of Telkom’s ongoing support in education, they have partnered with Rally2 Read in an attempt to improve literacy in Primary schools and in addition are providing ICT infrastructure that includes content, maintenance, support and a professional development pathway for teachers in project schools.
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SchoolNet South Africa has recently been appointed to conduct professional development workshops required for teachers in the thirty six Telkom Foundation Schools in three provinces viz Eastern Cape, Free State and the Western Cape. All schools are multigrade farm schools and albeit small in size still have a massive need to help learners gain a more global perspective to live and be aware of opportunities that are available to all learners irrespective of their circumstance.
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SchoolNet trainers are trained to use the cognitive apprenticeship model of training where shaping and fading techniques are used to encourage teachers to develop self-reliance in order to become independent learners. The instructional design of the materials included in this initiative is framed by the context of the teacher and attempts to employ just-in-time learning strategies and not just-in-case. 21st century teaching and learning as well as project-based learning feature prominently in the SchoolNet philosophy. The focus is to monitor teachers’ implementation of what they have learnt during our courses and to understand what more might be needed to help teachers progress beyond attendance of courses to integrate ICTs into teaching and learning activities that engage learning.
This project includes two types of interventions: one for Principals and Senior Management Team and the other for teachers on ICT Integration.

The Principals/ Senior Management Team will benefit from a seven day Change Leadership course offered to all principals and SMT from each of the project schools over a period of seven months. Each module will be facilitated once a month and this will allow participants time to complete activities at school and achieve badges in between modules.

ICT Integration: There will be a range of courses from beginner to advanced and schools will be able to choose (with assistance from SchoolNet facilitators) the courses that best suit their immediate teaching and learning needs. These courses ranges from Intel Teach Getting Started to Project Based elements.

All provinces have started training in Change leadership and are beginning to start with basic digital literacy skills. Fifteen teachers are being sponsored their attendance of the ICT in the Classroom conference in KwaZulu Natal.

The wealth of skills and knowledge will catapult teachers into the next step of using content to engage teaching and learning. We look forward to seeing and hearing the gains made by our valued teachers.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Three options available at the EdTechTeam’s Google Pre-Summit Workshops in October...

In October 2015 SchoolNet, Parklands College in Cape Town and Selbourne Senior Primary in East London will be hosting two EdTechTeam Google Summits as well as three Pre-Summit workshops (which are outlined below). Please visit http://za.gafesummit.com/ to register.
Cape Town 2015 Pre-Summit_Flyer

Monday, 22 June 2015

Microsoft Math – what is it, how do you use it and the benefits of using it with Grade 10-12 Mathematics learners

Maths students at High School often need every bit of support that they can get to help them with their Mathematics skills. That is where Microsoft Math comes in.
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It is a free service originally known as Nokia Maths. All students have to do is register at https://math.microsoft.com and from there on they can use a smartphone,  tablet or PC to access the free service and the materials.  It is also available as a Windows Phone application, which makes the service content accessible offline allowing students to continue practicing even without internet connection! The curriculum for South African students is based on the CAPS curriculum for Grade 10-12 in South Africa.
 
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This service is available in many countries and it adapts to the Maths  curriculum for the particular country. For example, it is also available in Tanzania. Watch secondary and high school students and teachers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania share their experiences with Microsoft Math, and hear from the Director of Teacher Education at the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Tanzania about the goals the government has for the service, and what challenges Microsoft Math is helping to overcome.
Students can do Maths exercises, read theory, learn from examples, and take tests. Microsoft Math has been designed to make the learning experience personal, engaging and exciting.

The great things about Microsoft Math is that students can do all of this 24/7! Microsoft Math also adds a social dimension to education, making it possible for students 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.

How do you transform Mathematics from the most disliked subject in school to every student’s favourite pastime, even beyond school walls? By introducing Microsoft Math!  With holidays coming up it is a good idea to encourage your Grade 10-12 Mathematics students to register for this amazing, free service.

SchoolNet free webinar on Thursday 25th June at 3:15pm on ‘Alice – how you can use it in the classroom’

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a SchoolNet free webinar on Thursday 25th June at 3:15pm on ‘Alice – how you can use it in the classroom’. Our speaker will be Claire Dean from Stirling Primary School in East London. Claire is an expert on using Alice in the classroom. Alice is a free, innovative 3-D interactive animation environment (suitable for learners who are ten years old or older) that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. We invite you to join us at the webinar.

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Webinar details
Meeting Name:  Get to know Alice
Summary: Alice 3 is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story.Alice 3 is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming, learning fundamental programming concepts. Alice is suitable for learners who are 10 years old and older.

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Presenter:Claire Dean, Head of ICT at Stirling Primary School, East London
WhenThursday 25th June 2015 at 3:15 PM
Duration: 20 – 30 minutes
Time Zone:  (GMT+02:00) Pretoria
To join the meeting: http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/alice3/

Note
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Friday, 19 June 2015

15 Great Google posts this week #19

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to my various subscriptions recently, these are the ten that have caught my eye so far..

'My dream came true at E2’ – a report back on the Microsoft E2 Educator Exchange in Redmond in May by MIEExpert15, Linda Foulkes

This is another guest post from Linda Foulkes one of South Africa’s Microsoft MiE Experts for 2015. Linda’s blog can be found at: https://folklind.wordpress.com.
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This year eight teachers from South Africa, who had been selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts for 2015 attended one of the two Global Forums as part of their prize. In the last post we will featured a report back on the Dubai Global Forumby Karen Stadler.  Today Karen Linda Foulkes reports back on her visit to Redmond.

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Linda says:
Ever since I can remember, I have always been drawn to Microsoft Technologies, whilst working in corporate and academic training environments for more than 25 years – it all started at UCT, many moons ago, and two of my biggest dreams were to visit THE Microsoft building, or to work for Microsoft. Thank you, Microsoft, for making one of my dreams come true during 2015!  The opportunity to be physically present @ Microsoft Redmond, Building 92, was awesome!
It was a memorable experience being able to travel to Redmond representing South Africa at the Global Forum with Warren Sparrow, Mabore Lekalakala, and Mokhudu Cynthia. Great moments were had with this bunch, as well as with Angela Schaerer [Microsoft in Education : Academic Programme Manager] :-)

There were 249 MIEExperts attending the Redmond Global Forum from around the globe, I am extremely privileged to be one of them!

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After travelling to Redmond, we had the opportunity to write the MCE exam the following morning. I will write an additional post about this stunning certification, but we were thrilled to have passed the exam, which was a great start to the Global Forum E2 visit.
KEYNOTES
The keynotes at E2 were extremely motivational. BRAVERY, COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP was the theme for the entire forum – even down to the DrumCafe session. Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft addressed us with his presentation on EXPECT MORE, DO MORE, BE MORE


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TECH TEACHMEET
This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our learning activities and collaboration at its best! We were grouped according to technologies used,which was great as we could interact with each other as to how we have created the learning experience for education. The atmosphere was buzzing with MIEExperts from all over the world setting up at round tables. The session was arranged so that each MIE had an opportunity to walk around and get to know one another and explain their activity. At this session I was pleased to have met Aaron Maurer, who’s activity really engaged me – he encouraged one to interact practically with his learning activity. You will see a pic of him [in the bowtie] on the TeachMeet slideshow, below as well as a pic of my toothbrush motor I created at his table. The other highlight for me was a discussion with Mike Tholfsen [Programme Manager, OneNote] who introduced me to the OneNote Engineer – Scott who listened to me discuss how I would enhance OneNote for Teachers.
EDUCATOR LED SESSIONS 
Before leaving for Redmond, the MIEExperts chose from a list of Educator Led Sessions to attend at the Global Forum.  I attended the session on Office 365, run by SA MIEExpert, Warren Sparrow and Mette Hauch. Warren really did SA proud!  We were taken on a journey through the features of O365.
I also attended the session on the use of Minecraft in the Classroom, which was a panel driven conversation – very interesting to hear from those who just started using Minecraft in the classroom and those who have been using it for some time.
The last session I chose was OneNote [of course, I chose that session as I love OneNote :-) – always more to consume]. Joshua Sawyer and Kevin Sait [Head of IT Strategy for Wymondham High Academy Trust in the UK] were absolutely outstanding – learnt so much from their experiences with OneNote and also how Kevin implemented Wymondham High O Team, a group of students who have been instrumental in developing the use of Office 365, OneNote and mobile devices at his school.
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Angela Schaerer and Warren Sparrow presented on 21C Learning Design,
a great session with an interactive task!
2015 TECHNOLOGY EXPO, KENT SHOWARE CENTRE           
THIS WAS AN AMAZING OUTING – I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the 2015 Technology Expo – a venue FULL of little children who are using technology extensively in the classroom.  I was blown away by the confidence and knowledge of these little beings.  Such an inspiration! A few really stood out for me, so I will share these but there is so many more experiences I had during this expo.
THE ONENOTE GURUS
These two boys demonstrated how they use OneNote at school. They engaged in adult conversation with me and had an answer for any question I asked. I had such a cool chat to them and we shared how we would enhance the programme for teachers

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This little girl explained all the icons in order to draw – after she explained so confidently, she made me sit down and go through all the icons myself to draw a picture. She kept coming back to help me when I was stuck and explained how I needed to use the tools – BRILLIANT!

The Tech Integration project below was another great experience for me – the topic was banned and un-banned books and why parents do not let their children read books which are banned. The boy on the right created a game where you would be given a list of books and need to select whether banned or un-banned – you wll see a child completing the assessment in the picture below:

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There were so many more moments at the tech expo, but think you have the idea.
THEN, THE BEST FOR LAST….
GROUP 23 – COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
The Global Educator challenge is where MIE Experts ‘walk the talk’ showing the impact of technology on students readiness, classrooms, educators and communities worldwide. MIE Experts are divided into groups with peers from different parts of the world to design a project around the use of Microsoft technologies within the specific theme of Bravery, Courage, and Leadership.
I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with all these wonderful MIEExperts – we really did a good job getting to know each other – collaboration and continued interaction is the key to forums such as this. We are all staying in contact and have the advantage of seeing each others work being part of the Facebook group for MIEExperts.

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CONTINUE TO SAY THE FOLLOWING TO YOURSELF EVERY MORNING
I MATTER (I AM ENOUGH)!
Note to self to remember everyday for 30 days for 30 seconds a day, to build the habit. I MATTER
‪#‎MSFTEduE2‬
My superpower is….

These are just a few of my best moments from E2 – the most beneficial for me was the contacts and collaborative opportunities I achieved through being an MIE before, during and after the E2 Global Forum. I encourage every teacher to submit their learning activity for 2016 and that you sign up for the Educator Network on http://www.educatornetwork.com for amazing free tools, learning activities, tutorials, projects and earn badges for free professional development courses.

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