Wednesday, 18 October 2017

SchoolNet turned 20 on Friday 6th October at the SchoolNet conference - and what a celebration it was!

SchoolNetSA celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the SchoolNet Conference - and what a celebration it was! This 20th Anniversary was celebrated on Friday 6th October at a well- attended cocktail function at Brescia House School in Johannesburg. The Telkom Foundation not only made it possible for a large number of teachers to attend the conference but also funded the birthday celebration. Telkom was one of the very first funders of SchoolNet back in the 1990s - so it was most appropriate that they were able to attend together with delegates and friends of SchoolNet to reminisce over the past 20 years.


During the event a number of dignitaries associated with SchoolNet during the past 20 years reminisced about the history of SchoolNet and its effect on equipping teachers around South Africa.  This fitted in well with an anecdote from Janet Thomson’s article ‘Standing Room only’ where she mentions an interesting exercise that Sarietjie Musgrave conducted early in her keynote address. Sarietjie asked the delegates in her plenary to stand if they had changed the way they teach because of the impact of SchoolNet South Africa. The majority of the 400+ delegates gradually stood up. It was an eye-opener to see the effect SchoolNet had had on the teachers of South Africa over the past 20 years. Sarietjie confided afterwards that she wanted SchoolNet to see that.

The speakers at the 20th Anniversary provided an interesting kaleidoscope of SchoolNet’s journey during the last 20 years. They included Nathi Kunene representing the Head of the Telkom Foundation; Denis Brandjies, the first CEO of SchoolNet in its foundation days; the current Chairman of the SchoolNet board, Mashala Kwape, and Janet Thomson who is the current Executive Director of SchoolNet.

Maggie Verster captured the speeches using Facebook Live and the video can be accessed at:
https://www.facebook.com/maggieverster/videos/10155933047989994/.

Vis Naidoo, who was one of the founding members of SchoolNet, sent a message of congratulations to SchoolNet. Vis currently lives in Canada, and could not attend the celebration. He was the longest serving board member, as well as being the chairman for many years when he was living in
Vis Naidoo – ex chairman of SchoolNet
and founding member in 1997
South Africa. He entitled his note ‘Congratulations SNSA – 20 years of making a difference’ in which he provided further snapshots of SchoolNet’s history. Here is the note, which explains the rationale behind the establishment of SchoolNet SA by the national education department at that time:

“WOW, I guess some things are meant to last.

When we decided to form SNSA, I can say, without any fear of contraction, this is an example of a ground-up movement. The genesis of using educational technology in the classroom started in a few provinces, mainly in ex-model C and private schools. The amazing thing about these teachers who were early adopters, they were keen to take educational technology to all schools and to benefit all learners in South Africa.

In 1996, I was appointed Director – Centre for Educational Technology and Distance Education at the national Department of Education and with my Team, we recognised the value of this ground-up movement and the potential of technology. The leadership of the Ministry and Department of Education recognised this, hence the establishment of the Centre and enabled us to advance various edtech initiatives.

SNSA has had executive directors that provided good leadership and guidance at different times in the history and development of the organization. Denis Brandjes was the first executive director and the right person to set up SNSA. I was fortunate to be part of the Board and represented the Department of Education. It was exciting times, we were starry-eyed about what we wanted to do and had good people both within and outside the country that supported us. Thank you, Denis, for your leadership of SNSA.

Rod Grewen took the helm during a difficult time in SNSA’s development and was able to provide a degree of consolidation that was essential at the time. He faced a tough Board and challenging external conditions in our school system. Thank you, Rod for helping with the consolidation of SNSA.

Janet Thomson is the current executive director and she has been instrumental in shaping the organization’s new vision, led it to become focused and ensured it is well managed and funded. She has also helped SNSA grow and have a presence in all provinces. Janet is an amazing leader who has taken the organization forward and ensured it is a central element of ICT in education processes and keeping the focus on supporting our teachers. Thank you, Janet, for your focus on building the organization and ensuring strong support for our teachers.

During the past 20 years, we have had esteemed and distinguished folks on the Board. I was a member of the inaugural Board and remained a member for the first 15 years, becoming the Chairperson in the latter year. It was a privilege to serve on the Board and to shape the organization. The current Board is tasked with ensuring SNSA does not remain stagnant or go into decline. It is tasked with directing SNSA to keep innovating and raise the bar on how edtech will support our teachers and learners.

To Janet and her team – thanks for believing in educational technology supporting learning and teaching. Thank you for believing in SNSA. Thank you for all the work you put into supporting our teachers and learners. It can seem like an endless task, a thankless task, sometimes it seems there is no progress, you have to put up with unfounded criticism – yet you have continued and I have not doubt you will persevere.

So, what will the next 20 years look like?

This is the challenge to the SNSA Board, Janet and her staff and most importantly, all of you at this conference – the leaders in the use of ICT in education. You need to keep this ground-up edtech movement going forward and keep making a difference to the learners of South Africa – one click at a time.


Thank you.”

After the interesting speeches at the celebration the birthday cake became the focus of attention for a while! 

Janet Thomson Executive Director of SchoolNet
- about to cut the cake
Many teachers posed with the cake before it was cut, as part of the celebratory and joyful mood that prevailed.


The rest of the evening was spent networking, chatting, taking selfies with colleagues, dancing, eating and drinking, and having loads of fun. Teachers definitely know how to enjoy themselves!








Further photos of the 20th birthday celebration as well as the rest of the Conference can be accessed on Google photos at the following link:  https://goo.gl/rcpxMX

The SchoolNet YouTube channel has many videos that capture the history of SchoolNet over the past 20 years. Here are the links:

- SchoolNet History from the start https://youtu.be/gbT5aQ446LI
- 20 years of SchoolNet Trainers https://youtu.be/KfYbOKzMcWU
- SchoolNet staff from 1997 to 2017 https://youtu.be/ST3Sjh5vSZI
- SchoolNetters 2005 to 2013 https://youtu.be/IQblO22qmoI
- SchoolNetters the last 10 years https://youtu.be/_gZ8oK4gzeQ
- Remembering Nomty https://youtu.be/4ZRrfl8_uSs
- A photostory from 10 years ago https://youtu.be/Pxhv5H59yZs

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Free 365Edu Summit in Johannesburg 28-29th October 2017 at Brescia House School

Here's an event you do not want to miss! It is Microsoft's Free 365Edu Summit to be held in Johannesburg on 28-29th October 2017 at Brescia House School. This will be a fun, high energy weekend networking with renowned educators and with the latest technologies embedded into the event.


What is 365edu all about?
365edu is all about inspiring growth and change in teaching and learning. You are already an amazing teacher, and you will leave this event with confidence in tools and strategies you can put into practice the very next day. Explore the latest in technologies to enhance the classroom like you have never seen before. You control your weekend and choose sessions that match your objectives to become a better teacher. Explore, play and learn in an environment built for growth.


Who are the speakers?

Craig Kemp, Ben Parsons and Paul Crossley are the featured speakers. 

Beginning the program is renowned educator and Twitter chat pioneer Craig Kemp from New Zealand, inspiring attendees on the topic of the connected learner and educator. Next, attendees will separate into concurrent breakout sessions on diverse topics from Skype in the classroom to product design and 3D printing in Minecraft, from English to Maths. Underpinning the event is pedagogical framework for 21st Century Learning. At the end of day one, all attendees will have the option to share something new they have learned in the super fun Demo Slams session

Joining the core 365edu team will be exemplary educators from across the region. There will be a panel session to go along to meet with the presenters and ask for tips or tricks for the classroom.

The 365edu South Africa Summit is being held in conjunction with Brescia House School.

What can you expect to get out of this event?
1. Connect
Network with both local and international educators sharing best practice and innovative education strategies.
2. Grow
Learn and grow with the latest technology tools from Office 365, Minecraft, VR, robotics, drones and much more!
3. Get certified
Participation in the event will count as credits towards your Microsoft Innovative Educator application..leaving certified ready to take your students to the next level!

Can you submit a presentation?
Yes! Session proposals are being accepted. Please email manager@365edu.events/ with your proposal. 

How do you register?
Go to  http://365edu.events to find out more


Don't miss this!



Monday, 9 October 2017

Standing Room Only @SchoolNetSA 2017 Conference - by Janet Thomson

Mr Enver Surty, Deputy Minister of Education and Mr Nathi Kunene of the Telkom Foundation 
The Deputy Minister wowed delegates with his opening address at the 2017 ICT in the Classroom Conference held at Brescia House School in Johannesburg at the weekend.

SchoolNet South Africa proudly hosted the national ‘ICT in the Classroom’ conference at Brescia House School from 5 – 7 October 2017. Over 400 hundred delegates from around the country attended the conference, including educators, provincial and national educational department officials, sponsors, as well as representatives from other development and training organizations.

Shafika Isaacs facilitated the opening ceremony for the 2017 ICT in the Classroom Conference. Shafika Isaacs is currently with UNICEF and working in advisory capacity to the National Department of Wducation. She was therefore well placed to introduce the Deputy Minster to make the opening address. Shafika walked delegates through the context of digital learning in South Africa and provided a brief history of SchoolNet. She mentioned that SchoolNet had been founded in 1997 as a national organisation following the merger of a number of informal provincial groupings of teachers and applauded the work that SchoolNet had been doing for the past two decades. She particularly paid tribute to Nomty Gcaba who had been associated with SchoolNet from the late 1990s in KZN and who had sadly passed away this year. She recalled her infectious enthusiasm and how she had taught a Xhosa dance to hundreds of delegates at a Gala dinner in Russia. Shafika is an independent consultant for digital learning for social equity and a most well-published and well-respected researcher in the field of digital learning. Shafika introduced the principal of the Brescia House Primary School, Ms Ann Owgan who opened the conference with a prayer. Shafika then introduced Ms Benedikte Nott, principal of the Brescia House High School who welcomed delegates to the school and the province. SchoolNet remains indebted to Brescia House who not only took responsibility for much of the planning and organisation but also agreed to host a conference for 400 delegates while school was in session.

Speaking from the heart and not from the script, the Deputy Minister of Education delivered a most engaging opening address to the 2017 SchoolNet South Africa teachers’ conference. Delegates felt they were being treated to a real-life insight into the national department´s thinking. Not only was the address pitched at teachers and the most crucial issues facing them currently but it also outlined the forward planning and wider policy development around digital learning for South Africa. The Deputy Minister included a tribute to Oliver Tambo and also conveyed a broader message for our overseas presenters who were most appreciative of the national and continental context provided by the Deputy Minister. The tweet from Ollie Bray, one of the brilliant keynotes from Scotland provides some sense of the impact of the Deputy Minister’s words,
 
@olliebray  Oct 5  impressed by @DBE_SA DepMin Enver Surty speaking at #SNSA17 about vision & values without the political rhetoric that we often get in UK."
Maggie Verster, the renowned Maths and social media guru, managed to live stream the Deputy Minister’s address via Facebook. The full speech can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/maggieverster/videos/10155929274194994/

This conference has been a premier event for teachers who are passionate about ICT in education for the past twenty years and has been hosted in different venues around the country on a bi-annual basis. The Deputy Minster made reference to the interesting themes for the conference which were:
  • Digital Learning
  • Innovations in Primary Schooling 
  • Leadership for Change
  • Connecting Classrooms
  • Gaming and Makerspaces
  • Technologies in the classroom – for exhibitors

SchoolNet SA was very fortunate this year to secure the amazing international guest speakers and workshop leaders, Stephen Reid, Ollie Bray, and Peter Rafferty, as well as our own Sarietjie Musgrave, each with their own fields of expertise but all with the same passion for making teaching and learning exciting.

Stephen Reid from Scotland was the opening keynote speaker and shared innovative examples of how to link digital technologies to create rich learning experiences. Stephen’s passion for merging multiple technologies with innovative pedagogy to allow learners to immerse themselves in learning shone through his keynote address as well as throughout the many workshops he ran. Stephen runs a company called Immersive Minds https://www.immersiveminds.com/
 


Sarietjie Musgrave was the keynote speaker for the middle day of the conference and as usual managed to pin point crucial points for teachers and particularly around values and ethics.  Her presentation title was Anywhere, Anytime Learning and touched partially on learning that is enabled by technology.  An interesting exercise that Sarietjie conducted early in her address was seeing how many delegates stood up when she asked delegates to stand if they had changed the way they teach because of SchoolNet South Africa – whether it had been a conference or a training session. It was an eye-opener and a time for SchoolNet staff to feel proud. 

Peter Rafferty from Liverpool had been scheduled to conduct a series of workshops around innovative ideas for digital learning in the classroom. He was more than willing to repeat his popular sessions but also kindly volunteered for some extra sessions where there were gaps in the programme.

Ollie Bray was the closing keynote and made a brilliant job - with delegates tweeting his every statement, but he also worked extremely hard during the 3 days prior, delivering a series of varied and brilliant workshops on a wide range of topics from social media use, Google Earth and Geocaching.
 











Check out the SchoolNet SA Facebook page for more details around the conference and updates including uploaded presentations shared by most of the presenters.

The sponsors for the conference this year included the Telkom Foundation who not only made it possible for a large number of teachers to attend but also funded the cocktail function for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of SchoolNet South Africa. Telkom was one of the very first funders of SchoolNet back in the 1990s - so it was most appropriate that Telkom were able to be together with delegates and friends of SchoolNet to reminisce over the past 20 years.

The National Department of Basic Education provided the conference lanyards, Microsoft was a silver sponsor, providing the conference bags and water bottles as well as funding Stephen Reid’s attendance. Vastratech donated a SMART KAPP 84” board as a prize and Computers4Kids donated a Windows Cloud book as a prize. Academic Partnerships and Mwabu were bronze sponsors.

The conference included DBE presentations and workshops around the newly-approved Professional Development Framework for Digital Learning. These were delivered by Gerald Roos on behalf of the DBE and provided an overview of the Framework, its premises and key components, including an introduction to the supporting resources with explanations of how educators could use these resources to plan their professional development and how to develop their own subject-related examples of the teaching change frame.

With approximately 400 delegates at the 2017 ICT in the Classroom conference it was clear that teachers considered it well worth the effort to sacrifice their school holidays. Some had not seen colleagues since the previous SchoolNet conference and really appreciated the camaraderie of other pioneering educators and the wealth of innovative ideas packed into one big vibrant conference.


Photo gallery
The various photos taken at the conference will be added to the SchoolNet website's Photo Gallery in due course.



Video footage
To access Maggie Verster's videos that she live streamed on Facebook:
There is also some video footage from Peter Rafferty of the prize giving ceremony which can be accessed at:  https://www.pscp.tv/raff31/1lPJqwOOyLmKb?autoplay&t=19

Friday, 6 October 2017

Useful Google in Education posts this week #114

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/AfUjkh   . (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)


Monday, 2 October 2017

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #124

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a 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. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2znu1Rj . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Friday, 29 September 2017

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #123

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a 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. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2fz0NtO . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Useful Google in Education posts this week #113

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/mwPr9o   . (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Schoolnet free webinar 'Digital storytelling as a means to encourage students to write' presented by Fiona Beal on Thurs 28th Sept at 3:15pm

We are pleased to announce that our next free webinar, Digital storytelling as a means to encourage students to write' will be held this coming Thursday 28th September 2017 at 3:15pm (GMT+2). Our speaker will be Fiona Beal, teacher, writer and ICT trainer from Cape Town. Fiona says: ‘On 8th September we celebrated UNESCO’s International Literacy Day and this year's theme is "Literacy in a Digital World“. The world is changing. The way we write is changing! This is where digital storytelling comes in. Digital storytelling is "using the tools of digital media to craft, record, share and value the stories of individuals and communities, in ways that improve our lives" (Center for Digital Storytelling). It can be described as a way of combining storytelling with a combination of digital images, digital text, audio narration, video and music, to communicate information about a specific theme or topic. Digital storytelling takes storytelling to a new height because it introduces our learners to exciting ways of presenting stories using more media than just pen and paper. It also enables them to present to a wider audience.


Webinar details
Webinar title: Digital storytelling as a means to encourage students to write
Presenter: Fiona Beal, teacher, writer, ICT trainer
Summary: The world is changing. The way we write is changing! This is where digital storytelling comes in. Digital storytelling is a great way to give your students a creative way to tell their stories, and to get them to see the stories all around them in everyday life. In this webinar we will look at an overview of digital storytelling including how the Internet is changing writing. We’ll look at some key resources as well as useful free storytelling tools that one can use. Lastly we’ll discuss some simple ways of introducing digital storytelling in your classroom as well as some more advanced methods of creating a digital story. Perhaps you can share an idea or two of how you use digital storytelling in the classroom or in your life, if you attend this webinar?
Date: Thursday 28th September 2017 at 3:15pm
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Host: Fiona Beal
To join the online meeting: http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/digitalstorytelling/

Note:
Even if you have attended an Adobe Connect meeting before you may need to install a free add-in. To investigate this, test your connection: http://bit.ly/2kcJiiH

We are excited about our international keynote speakers who will be presenting at the SchoolNet ICT in the Classroom Conference

Yes, we are excited about our four international keynote speakers who will be presenting at the SchoolNet ICT in the Classroom Conference on 5-7 October at Brescia House in Johannesburg. The draft program is downloadable on our Conference page: http://www.schoolnet.org.za/conference2017/ We are also very excited about our many local presenters who will be delivering really exciting sessions,  but this post focuses our four keynote presenters, all international speakers, three of whom are from other countries. 


Stephen Reid from Scotland
Let’s start with Stephen Reid from Scotland. Stephen is the Director and creative genius of Immersive Minds. He presents on Minecraft: Education Edition all over the world. On his Facebook page, Stephen Reid says, “This week I am returning to my beloved South Africa to attend and present at three separate events over 11 days. I will be working with teachers from across all of the African continent to show them how they can use #Minecraftedu, 3DPrinting, Virtual Reality, 360 cameras, SketchFab, TinkerCAD and more new and emerging technologies in their classrooms.Africa is an exciting, vibrant and fertile education landscape, that experiences many of the same challenges we see in the UK. Teachers from across the continent contact me daily to ask about how they can better reach their students through technology. So I've put together this course to show how these technologies can be used alone or merged to create multiple, deep learning experiences for children of all ages. It's going to be a wonderful week. I can't wait!”
In his keynote at the SchoolNet Conference, entitled, Merging Emerging Technologies, Stephen will explore a variety of emerging technologies and explore how they can be merged to create blended learning and cross-curricular experiences for our students. We’ll learn how to use and merge Minecraft, Mineways, Spritecraft, TinkerCad, 3DPrint, 360 Cameras, Virtual Reality and more. In the Microsoft Microsoft Tech Playground at the conference, Stephen will present ‘Create-IT’: A practical exploration of ‘making things’ with multiple, new and emerging technologies at once. From Minecraft to the 3D Printer to the Virtual Reality headset, you can play with technologies that you can merge and make with. Stephen's other four sessions in this series are entitled Experience iT. Make It, Visit It and Play It. 

Ollie Bray from Scotland
Next we have Ollie Bray from Scotland. Ollie is currently Head teacher at Kingussie High School located within the Cairngorms National Park; a Member of the Board of Management at Inverness College: University of the Highlands and Islands; and a member of the BBC’s Educational Broadcasting Council for Scotland advisory board. Under Ollie's leadership Kingussie has been rated one of the most improved schools in Scotland. At a systems level most recently he has been responsible for co-designing the deployment of 22,000 Chromebooks across his education district (authority). For over a decade he has worked regularly in schools and school systems around the world advising of whole school improvement, technology for learning and learning space design (digital & physical). In his keynote entitled The New Learning Landscape Ollie will reflect on new trends in learning, teaching and school leadership and talk about how technology can improve outcomes for children and young people by transforming the learning landscape.

Peter Rafferty from the UK
Peter is planning to showcase how Google Classroom can be a powerful tool for teachers and pupils but also to include how analogue approaches can fit into a digital world. As a starting point he aims to use “Sparkly Letters” for a bit of interaction and as something a bit different. If you’ve not come across the concept of “Sparkly Letters” yet, Peter has provided these descriptions of how they have been used and received:
http://raff.creativeblogs.net/2014/05/27/letter-from-america/
http://raff.creativeblogs.net/2015/11/19/sparkly-letters-in-silicon-valley/

Peter says, “This is the analogue part of the session. I’d like the children of Green Park and Redgate to join in so that I have enough letters for the conference delegates to reply to and maybe enough to take back some to the schools and have pupils reply in Sparkly Letter style.

The digital part  of the session is to use one Great Big Global Google Classroom to connect everyone in the project and develop a shared resource/peer learning experience which subsequently highlights the simplicity and ease of using Google Classroom as a tool for teaching and learning. Maybe, as there is no time difference between South Africa and the UK, have some live collaboration going on.

In addition, I’ll take the opportunity to show some digital alternatives to analogue (hand written) Sparkly Letters.
The idea is that each person who opens a letter has got to reply to that person with their own Sparkly Letter. I’m filling my suitcase with suitable materials.”

Sarietjie Musgrave from Bloemfontein
Finally let’s talk about our South African keynote presenter,  Sarietjie Musgrave from Bloemfontein,  who will talk on Anywhere, Anytime Learning. This keynote presentation looks at anywhere, anytime learning from the perspective of the learner and the teacher as a lifelong learner. In this session Sarietjie draws on her range of experiences to describe different ways in which a teacher can continue to develop professionally over the course of his or her career. Sarietjie is the Director of Academic Services at HigherEdPartnersSA in conjunction with the University of the Free State.

This conference will be well-worth attending. Why not take advantage of some of our specials mentioned at http://bit.ly/2vIt7MT and register? If you would like to download the draft programme to look at the sessions offered, please visit our conference site: http://www.schoolnet.org.za/conference2017/

Friday, 22 September 2017

Useful Google in Education posts this week #112

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/6dtKSV. (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Create a classroom blog and get your learners posting via email...


Submitted by Fiona Beal
Blogging is a great way to engage and inspire learners in the classroom. A blog is a web publishing tool that allows authors to easily self-publish and share text, artwork, videos, images, links to other blogs or Web sites, and much more. For several years now all the learners in my various Grade 4 – 7 classes have had their own blogs. We use these as digital portfolios and also as a way to learn digital citizenship and courtsesy on the Internet. Since we are a G Suite school, the free Blogger platform comes with G Suite Apps which means that blogs can be monitored more easily.

However, running student blogs takes up a lot of a teacher’s time. This post suggests another way, that is easier to manage, for getting your class benefiting from blogging… as long as they have an email account.

Set up your classroom blog
Perhaps you want to have a single classroom blog that is populated by the learners themselves? Well, Blogger makes this really easy. All you have to do on the main blog is activate the secret email address under settings and pass it on to your learners. They can write their posts in an email and add an image. They address it to the secret address. On your side you may want to review the post first, in which case you’ll set it up to receive drafts from your learners. Otherwise you can set it up to post immediately.

Here is a step by step process to create this type of blog with a secret email address.



How to use your new blog
How would I use this type of blog? You might ask. Here are just a few ideas:
1) You can ask the learners to reflect on what they learned in a lesson.
2) You could ask them to post a story they have written.
3) Learners could write a book review for Independent reading.
4) Learners could write about an outing they have just been on.
5) You could also teach learners how to comment on each other’s work in a positive and constructive manner.

Why don’t you try doing this exercise - set up one classroom blog for the whole class. Blogger makes it very easy to set up a blog – basically it takes around fifteen minutes from setting up an account to publishing the first post. Give the learners the secret blog address. If  your learners don't all have email accounts, create one email account and let them all use that one. (I  haven't yet tried this function but I am assuming it will  work).

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #122

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a 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. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2fznttG . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Friday, 15 September 2017

#111 Useful Google in Education posts this week

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/Zp53th . (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #121

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a 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. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2hc93A1 . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Monday, 11 September 2017

Webinar recording and presentation download link 'Explore the Chekhov app for online writing' by MIEExpert Phuti Ragaphala'

On Thursday 31st August at 3:15pm we held a free SchoolNet webinar which was presented by Phuti Ragophala a teacher from Limpop who is well-known in many international and local education circles and also a Microsoft MIEExpert Educator. The webinar is entitlled, "Explore the Chekhov app for online writing' . Phuti believes that using the the Chekhov app for reading and writing is a great way to fight illiteracy.

Webinar description
Phuti says, "The Chekhov is one of the free apps offered by Microsoft for educators to access and use to enhance, transform and drive teaching and learning. Traditionally authors were known to be very academic people but today, through the Chekhov app, even primary school learners can write and publish story books online. The Chekhov app enables learners to be the solution seekers of the challenges that affect their communities. Illiteracy is one of the major challenges that need to be addressed in our country.. The sooner children get exposed to the challenges of their communities, the better they learn with understanding. I would encourage educators to start using it to encourage writing in learners. We are grooming future authors, journalists and orators."

The downloadable webinar presentation
Here is the downloadable presentation from the webinar available online in SlideShare from this link: http://bit.ly/2hsafvN



Webinar recording
The webinar recording can be listened to and viewed on the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/K9Vr7ndEEZI 



SchoolNet presents a free webinar once a month.

Participate in the online Global Collaboration Day on 21st September...and more


Here is a message from the Global Education Conference Network with loads of opportunities for you and your class:

Global Collaboration Day
"September 21st is the third annual Global Collaboration Day! Experienced global educators are hosting a plethora of online activities for students, pre-service teachers, educators, parents, and organization leaders. Take a look at the calendar of events in your time zone and the more detailed directory of events! If you would like to host an event yourself, please submit your activity using these directions by September 18, 2017. And, please share this flyer with potentially interested friends and colleagues.

GlobalEd Events is hosting a Global Education Fair on September 21 as part of Global Collaboration Day. This is an opportunity for schools to receive more information about projects, initiatives, and programs that support globally global connected teaching and learning. See this site for more details about attending and exhibiting. Thanks to all in the global education community who are participating in GCD and the Fair this year! If you need further information, check out our recent presentation for Classroom 2.0 Live.

Last month, we alerted our community to our new Global Education Resources page and GlobalEd Events Calendar. Our resource page contains links to curated global education articles, organizations, and projects. Let us know if we’ve missed any events and activities related to global education and we’ll be happy to add them to the calendar!

Other global opportunities
Finally, here is a collection of information requests, events and opportunities organized by others that we’ve noticed:
GEC member Elizabeth Crawford is curious about any upcoming conferences related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that would be beneficial to educators and policymakers. The Global Education Conference, a virtual event, will have a stranded dedicated to this topic, but Elizabeth is seeking in-person events. Respond to the discussion thread in the GEC Network if you have suggestions.

Teen Dreams is a global video contest in which students can express their dreams as they relate to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Submissions will be accepted starting September 30th.

September 21 is also the International Day of Peace. Music Ambassadors for Peace are organizing a virtual concert and details are available here.

Julie Lindsay’s latest case study from her book The Global Educator features Pernille Ripp, the founder of the Global Read Aloud project which kicks off on October 2.

DigCitKids offers monthly challenges in Spanish and English for kids! Inspired by hurricanes and flooding around the world, this month’s challenge is for kids to show how they are helping neighbors. Students can document their story using their favorite digital tools and share it on social media (with the help of their teachers of course!). There is also a Flipgrid set up for this purpose.

Traveling Tales is a project run by Joel Bevans. He will match your class up with another to create collaborative stories such as these examples. Incorporating SDGs into these stories is encouraged!

#GlobalEdChat, organized and run by the Asia Society, is back in session after a summer hiatus. On September 14th, the Stevens Initiative is guest hosting and the topic will be virtual exchanges. To check see #globaledchat archives, visit Participate to see transcripts and collections of resources.

Post your own global events
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Friday, 8 September 2017

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #120

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a 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. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2x3tfJZ . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Useful Google in Education links this week #110

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/dsc2WQ. (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)