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SchoolNet News June 2016
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Welcome to our July 2016 newsletter. In this issue we bring you:
  • Details of how to apply to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert before 12 August 2016
  • A reminder about the EdTechTeam Google in Education Summit in Johannesburg in September
  • An update on Microsoft training for provinces that have received USO equipment
  • News of the Telkom Connectivity project that has been extended to a further 43 schools in 4 provinces.
  • An invite to join SchoolNet's webinar programme which is starting next week
  • A new Teacher in the Spotlight feature - this month it is Adil Mungalee
  • and much, much more.
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Apply to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert – applications close Friday 12 August 2016
Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts are global visionaries who pave the way in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes. They help Microsoft to lead innovation in education and they advocate and share their thoughts on effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and they exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.

As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert you will have an opportunity to network with other innovative educators from South Africa and Lesotho; you will interact virtually with inspiring teachers from around the world; you will be among the first to know about Microsoft’s educational offerings; and you may have an opportunity to attend an E2 Global Exchange event. 

The deadline for teachers from South Africa and Lesotho to apply to be Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts has been extended to Friday 12 August 2016. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an MIE Expert apply by joining the Microsoft Educator Community and completing your profile; create a Sway or two minute video or Office Mix that creatively expresses what makes you a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert; and nominate yourself by completing this form: http://bit.ly/MIEEnomination.

For more information and instructions on how to apply – please click here 
Why not register for the upcoming 4th Annual Google Summit in September? 
This popular yearly Summit will be held at Dainfern College in Johannesburg this year. Enjoy two full days of learning Optional Deep-Dive Workshops on 1 September!. This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Global Leaders in Google for Education Training,  local Google for Education Innovative Educators, Google for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, and other solution providers.
Register here http://goo.gl/9jDCjL
Find out more athttps://za.gafesummit.com/2016 .  

Date and cost
September 1: Pre-Summit Workshops | $199/Person
September 2 -3: Summit featuring Google for Edu | $225/Person
Microsoft Training for provinces that have received USO equipment
In accordance with the Universal Services Obligation, schools throughout South Africa have been equipped with tablets, data projectors, interactive whiteboards and Wi-Fi connectivity. In order to help teachers at schools that have received this equipment make better use of it to enhance teaching and learning, Microsoft commissioned SchoolNet to provide master training for officials in three provinces and then supported a number of sessions for over nine hundred teachers in the Western Cape, NorthWest and the Eastern Cape. 

The Western Cape received its master training in February 2016, and between April and June 2016 training has been rolled out to 603 teachers in all eight districts. On 2 June 2016, Microsoft’s Victor Ngobeni provided master training for officials from the NorthWest Department of Education on how the USO tablets can be used to access online Microsoft tools, the Microsoft Educator Community and a range of online courses including ‘Teaching with Technology’. After the master training, 186 NorthWest teachers from 12 schools were trained during the first week of the June school holidays. Between 13 June and 15 June 2016, SchoolNet’s Megan Rademeyer ran a master training session for 35 Easter Cape Department eLearning officials in Cinsta. In addition to learning more about online Microsoft tools, the officials were trained on the Intel ‘Tablets in the Classroom’ course and the technical solution that their schools had received. Following the master training session, 122 teachers were trained in sessions conducted for teachers from five Eeastern Cape districts. We look forward to hearing how the teachers who received training are making use of their schools USO devices to enhance teaching now that school is back in session.
 
To read the full reports on the USO Master Training and Training Rollout sessions please visit the SchoolNet SA Reports page here.
Telkom's Schools Connectivity Project in Four Provinces
SchoolNet is currently implementing the Telkom Foundation's teacher professional development programme for its Schools Connectivity project. In 2015, the Telkom Foundation provided a range of learning technologies to 36 schools and has now extended this programme to a further 750 teachers in 43 schools in disadvantaged areas in South Africa. SchoolNet’s teacher professional development programme provides Change Leadership in Technology Integration to senior management teams and Intel Teach Getting Started and ICT Integration workshops to all staff in the project schools

Read the full report on our website here
SchoolNet webinars season starts on 4 August.
Please join us!
We are pleased to announce that the new season of short SchoolNet webinars will be starting next week! We will be using Google Hangouts for these webinars. They will be taking place on designated Thursday afternoons at 3:30 pm once (or twice) a month. We have two webinars planned for August. Both are presented by South African teachers. 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!). 

Our first webinar of the season, "How to integrate Augmented Reality successfully in your classroom", is presented by Ronelle Klinck, Ed Tech Coach at St Stithians Girls School in Johannesburg. In this webinar, Ronelle demonstrates the steps to integrate Augmented Reality successfully in your classroom. Ronelle says, "Augmented Reality is a tool teachers can use to bring learning to life and make the learning experience an interactive adventure. I use AR to engage my learners, scaffold learning and flip my classroom. In this webinar I’ll share practical examples of how to integrate AR in your classroom." Join us on 4th August at 3:30 pm on this link: https://goo.gl/1vEOR4  Our second webinar at the end of August is presented by Kesham Patel from Micklefield Primary School on the topic 'Exploring with Google Tours'.

Read more about these webinars on our blog here 
Teacher in the Spotlight: Adil Mungalee
SchoolNet has written a series of case studies on teachers who are making use of technology to enhance teaching and learning at their schools. This month, we focus on Adil Mungalee, the Deputy Principal of Dr Yusuf Dadoo Primary School in Roodepoort and the 2015 winner of the Gauteng Teachers Awards for the ICT Enhanced Teaching and Learning category. Adil has made extensive use of OneNote to set up a paperless filing system for himself and his colleagues which has been widely shared with other schools in his district. Read more about Adil and how he is using technology at his school in this case study on the SchoolNet SA case study page.
 
Read the full case study on Adil Mungalee here: 
Read our other case studies here: 
Three South African students named Finalists in Google Science Fair 2016 Competition
Sixteen year old South African, Kiara Nirghin, has won the Community Impact Award and has been named the Regional Winner for Africa and Middle East in the Google Science Fair 2016 competition. The Community Impact Awards honour five projects that make a difference by addressing an environmental, health or resource challenge. Each winner is awarded $1,000 in an educational scholarship and a 12 month mentorship programme from a Google Science Fair partner organization. Sixteen regional winners will then compete for the final event in the Google Science fair in Mountain View, California in September 2016..Read all about Kiara’s winning project as well as two other South African students regional finalists entries on our website here
 Check out the Free 2Enable Live Lessons
If you are a Grade 10 – 12 Maths or Science teacher – or if you know learners who are taking these subjects, then be sure to watch the free live lessons on these subjects presented by 2Enable via Skype broadcast. Lessons, presented by experienced teachers, take place on Monday to Friday afternoons and will be running until November 2016. You can either watch a lesson live – or you can watch a recording of a lesson.
 
Read the full post on our blog for more information
here 
And be sure to like this Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest broadcasts here
Intel Visionary Workshop at ISTE 2016
The Intel Visionaries event was held on 24-29 June 2016, in Denver Colorado in the USA. This year’s event was themed STEAM, Inspire What’s Inside and did not disappoint as we dived into trending topics in education such as inspiring creativity, global collaboration, empowering girls, programming, Makers and apps for teaching and learning during the Intel Workshops and extended to ISTE 2016. SchoolNet’s, Omashani Naidoo attended the event as Intel’s South African Visionary.

Read the full report on our website here
Google Educator Groups take Mpumalanga by storm
 
Google Educator Groups have taken Mpumalanga by storm with teachers working together to better understand their skills and why it is necessary to incorporate these skills into teaching and learning activities. This report gives a quick overview of the good work that Departmental official, Ms Nomusa Keninda and Maloma Primary Principal, Mr Meshack Mahlangu are doing to encourage and motivate teachers in their communities.

Read more here
Test your coding by entering the Coding Olympiad
The annual Programming Olympiad usually attracts more than 4 000 entries from around 200 schools. This year more entries are expected as a result of the attention which is given to the importance of coding in schools and in the media. Even though coding is only in the syllabus from Grade 10, and then only for learners who take IT, many learners code in primary school… some teach themselves at home and others pick it up from friends. The national Programming Olympiad is for learners from Grades 7 to 12. Michael Cameron from the Computer Olympiad Trust explains: “Everybody who plays computer games knows that you advance from one level to the next by starting at a level you can manage. The more you play, the better your skills.”

Read more about the Coding Olympiad here
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The SchoolNet team

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