Wednesday, 31 August 2016

2016 ISPA SuperTeacher Finalists Announced


The ISPA SuperTeacher Competition is an annual competition sponsored by the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) and managed by CoZa Cares Foundation. The aim of the competition is to give educators an opportunity to showcase their skills in using ICT to improve the educational environment within their school or community. SchoolNet’s Megan Rademeyer had the pleasure of serving as one of the judges for this competition – which meant that she had a sneak-peek at the portfolios of evidence which the ten finalists had submitted. These portfolios demonstrated how teachers and school leaders had used technology to:
  • enhance teaching and learning in the 21st century; 
  • enhance productivity, administration and motivation in their schools
  • and  strengthen relationships between the school and the community which it serves.
Congratulations to the finalists for using technology in such sound and engaging ways and well done to CoZa Cares Foundation for recognising teachers who are making a difference in their schools and communities. 

ISPA teacher finalists announced
Coza Cares  recently announced the finalists in a Facebook post as follows:
Congratulations to the 2016 ISPA SUPERTEACHER FINALISTS who will be attending iWeek 2016 at The Wanderers Club from 21 to 23 September! The Gala Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday 22 September, at which the 2016 ISPA TechTeacher, ChampTeacher and SuperTeacher will be announced.
Well done to you all!
(Listed in alphabetical order)
ERIKA ESTERHUIZEN St Andrews College Grahamstown Eastern Cape
"Extreme Easy"
SADIKE KEKANA Toronto Primary school Mankweng Limpopo
"ICT Capacity Building for Educators"
MOKHUDU MACHABA Ngwanamago Primary Mothiba Limpopo
"Creating Content Using Apps"
MATEMA MALATJI Diopong Primary School Mankweng Limpopo
"Teaching Basic Computer Literacy Skills to NSNP Community Staff Members"
MANDY MASHILO Mogologolo Primary Zebediela Limpopo
"Using ICT to Execute Managerial Skills at my School"
MAKGATO MMAKWENA Toronto Primary School Mankweng Limpopo
"Using Computers and Whiteboards to Instill the Love of Maths inFoundation Phase"
LEPOTA MPYANA Makeketela primary School Makeketela Limpopo
"Spelling, Writing and Reading through ICT"
LINDIWE NGWENYA Zonkizizwe Secondary School Katlehong Gauteng
"Gems in Zonke"
INGRID RAMONYAI Diopong Primary School Mangweng Limpopo
"Using ICT as a Search Technique in Social Science"
DAPHNEY THOKA Modimolle Primary School Kramskop Limpopo
"How to Integrate ICT when Introducing English as First Additional Language in the Foundation Phase"

Tuesday, 30 August 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:




Saturday, 27 August 2016

Webinar recording 'How to create a tour with Google Earth'by Judi Francisco & Keshma Patel



On Thursday afternoon 25th August we held a webinar entitled, ‘How to create a tour with Google Earth' using SchoolNet's Adobe Connect platform. Our speakers were Keshma Patel, Grade 6 teacher and Judi Francisco, IT Co-ordinator at Micklefield Primry School in Cape Town.

The webinar description
Google Earth, a free download, is a game changer in the classroom as it brings Geography lessons to a whole new level. Jusi and Keshma said prior to the webinar, "In this webinar, we will show the step by step process on how to successfully create tours using Google Earth. This can be a fantastic tool for teachers or learners to create projects which integrate content and computer skills. Have you have ever thought about re-creating a tour showing the journey of Vasco da Gama, places of interest in a Shakespearean play or creating physical maps for a certain country? Join us, to find out how to use placemarks, snapshot view, custom markers, insert images and information to record a tour." They presented an amazing lesson that would inspire any primary school teacher or Geography teacher to make Google Earth a definite part of the curriculum. 


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


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

Downloadable Google Earth How-to
Judi and keshma kindly provided a Google Earth How to to help anyone who hasn't used this application before to get started. 
Google Earth How to: https://goo.gl/XE3IY9 

The webinar recording
The webinar recording can be listened to on the following link on YouTube: https://youtu.be/AWwcz76o7-g

SchoolNet South Africa provides one short, free webinar per month usually on a Thursday afternoon near the end of the month at 3:30pm.

The next webinar on 22nd September
Our September webinar will be presented by Mabore Lekalakala, Mabore is a South African educator currently teaching Grade 6 Mathematics and Natural Sciences & Technology at Toronto Primary School in Limpopo, Province. She is a twenty-one years’ experienced teacher with an in-depth understanding of knowledge and skills needed for teaching and learning and one who continues to seek new ways to develop and enable students with 21st century skills and attributes.

Title of presentation: Beyond PowerPoint with Online Apps.

Description:  In this webinar Mabore will demonstrate how to use PowerPoint to create video based lessons including in the lessons new add-ins and 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 and how to save everything in the cloud where they are accessible on any device.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Useful Google in Education posts this week #69

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 posts this week #69
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Congratulations to the 2016/17 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts – and a final chance to get your name on the list


Congratulations to the 122 teachers from South Africa and Lesotho who were recently named as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIE-Experts) on the Microsoft Educator Community. Of these, approximately half of the MIE-Experts joined the program in 2014 or 2015, and have opted to remain part of the program for another year. We are also thrilled to have over 50 new teachers joining the MIE-Expert ranks – welcome aboard!

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; and
  • complete the online application form here: http://bit.ly/MIEEnomination by 15 September 20
If you would like more information on the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program and how you can apply – see here for more details.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Why not tune in to our next free August SchoolNet webinar - How to create a tour with Google Earth Thursday 25 Aug 3.30pm

We are pleased to announce our second August webinar will be held this week on 25th August at 3:30pm. We will be using the Adobe Connect webinar platform. 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!)

How to create a tour with Google Earth
Google Earth, a free download, is a game changer in the classroom as it brings geography lessons to a whole new level. While Google Maps is more convenient when you’re on the go (largely due to the turn-by-turn navigation), Google Earth has a lot of features that make it more powerful for digging in. Earth offers additional 3D content, makes it easier to stack layers of information, allows you to use special controllers such as the SpaceNavigator and the LEAP Motion, has an excellent flight simulator feature, allows you to view historical aerial imagery, and gives you additional tools such as the ruler and elevation profiles. (via the gearthblog.com http://goo.gl/uDu9zw ) Google Earth allows students to take virtual adventures to distant locations around the globe, under the sea and into outer space. In this webinar  two teachers from Micklefield Primary School in Cape Town will take us through the process of creating a tour using Google Earth.


Details
Webinar title: How to create a tour with Google Earth
Summary: In this webinar, we will show the step by step process on how to successfully create tours using Google Earth. This can be a fantastic tool for teachers or learners to create projects which integrate content and computer skills. Have you have ever thought about re-creating a tour showing the journey of Vasco da Gama, places of interest in a Shakespearean play or creating physical maps for a certain country? Join us, to find out how to use placemarks, snapshot view, custom markers, insert images and information to record a tour.
When: Thursday 25th August, 2016 at 3:30pm online
Duration: 15 - 30 minutes
Presenters: Keshma Patel, Grade 6 teacher and Judi Francisco, IT Co-ordinator at Micklefield Primry School in Cape Town.
Host: Fiona Beal (SchoolNet)
To join the meetinghttp://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/google-earth/

Note
If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before or if you haven’t attended an Adobe Connect meeting for a while you might need to install a free add-in. To investigate this, test your connection:http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Useful Microsoft in Education posts #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:


Invitation to TeachMeet Dabble - Wednesday 21 September 2016 @ Brescia House School in Joburg

This really looks like an after-school not-to-be-missed FREE event taking place in Johannesburg at Brescia School on Wednesday 21st September from 3pm - 5pm.  Brescia House is well known for their innovative TeachMeets. In the Dabble a new feature is that interactive workshops will be available in the following technologies:
  • Minecraft in the classroom, 
  • Makey Makey, 
  • EV3 Minestorm Robotics, 
  • Little Bits electronics
  • 3D printing
  • We Do Logo Robotics
  • Promethean LED panel,
  • Promothean Activ Table
  • Google Carboard
  • and more...

Can you afford to miss this? Network with other teachers in Joburg and have two hours of dabbling at its best.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Useful Google in Education posts this week #68

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers. All the previous posts in this series can be accessed on this link http://bit.ly/1VEJp3r: (Google links)


Useful Google in Education posts this week #68

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