Friday, 30 May 2014

Encourage your Grade 10-12 learners to join the free Nokia Mobile Mathematics service for great after school learning…

Nokia Mobile Mathematics (https://momaths.nokia.com) is a free, online Grade 10-12 Mathematics support service providing 9000+ CAPS-aligned questions.

This programme started in 2008 with 300 learners and within a couple of years had grown to 50,000 learners. Nokia then opened the service to informal learning so that students could have 24/7 access to its materials.  This programme has had major impact in interactive Maths learning. 53% of students are active users. The competence level of the users rose by 14%. 82% of the usage happens after school hours.

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What are some of the features?

1. FREE
No sign-up or service fee.

2. 24/7/365 ACCESS
You can use the service whenever you want (evenings, weekends, holidays…) and via any device with internet access (cell phone, PC, tablet…).

3. CAPS ALIGNED
Content follows the latest South African Math curriculum exactly. It is divided up by grade, topic and sub-topics and each sub-topic contains theory, at least 3 worked examples and over a hundred exercises for you to try.

4. 9000+ QUIZZES
Exercises are divided into levels of difficulty. When you master a set of quizzes you will move up on a level. There is 10 levels in each sub-topic.

5. STUDY WITH FRIENDS AND GET TO THE TOP OF THE RANKINGS
Set up own study groups with friends and see how they are doing or compete with each other!

Encourage your High School learners to take advantage of this amazing opportunity provided by Nokia Mobile Mathematics. Sponsors of this service can be seen below.


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Office 365 #3: Set up a team site for each of your classes

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Office 365 core service: SharePoint
You can set up team sites for each of your classes using SharePoint. These can be sub-sites from a main student subject site, and further sub-sites from these. A site hierarchy for the Life Sciences students might look something like this:


Sub-sites are easy to set up using SharePoint and they work the same as their parent site. Just follow our guide and explore your Office 365 SharePoint features. You can always delete anything you are not happy with.

A class site can keep everyone up to date with work and assessment progress using have pictures, a calendar, video, presentations etc.


SharePoint is great for organising your learning resources and keeping everything for each grade and class in one place so that the students can access them at any time and from anywhere. This can also be a great help to teachers by saving time and effort reproducing resources as each new academic year starts. Your sites become a fantastic source of materials for learning and teaching.


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Office 365 #2 Set up a public website



Office 365 core service: SharePoint
Your Office 365 tenancy lets you set up a public website using SharePoint. It’s easy - all you need to do is follow the step by step stages in the guide and on the site itself as you construct it by choosing a theme and then adding pictures, information and useful documents such as your student handbook.

Websites are easy to maintain and update in SharePoint, and are a great way of communicating with parents and caregivers, prospective students and anyone else who might be interested in what you are doing. You can even add plugins that link to your social media channels like Twitter and Facebook.

It’s a simple job to construct a great looking website for your education institution and SharePoint really does do most of the hard work for you!

Have a look at this example from our guide:


Office 365 #1 Set up a team site for your institution staff members


Office 365 core service: SharePoint sites

A team site for all of your staff is a great way to enhance communication and ensure that important announcements and other information are easily available to everyone.
You can add apps, store documents, host discussions and carry out surveys using the SharePoint tools as well as customising the appearance.

Spend some time looking at the SharePoint user guide in this series and explore a few of the functions available to make your staff team site a real powerhouse communication and productivity hub.

Here is an example of a school staff site in SharePoint:

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TeachMeet@Elkanah - 31st MAY 2014 - Save the Date

There’s a TeachMeet taking place this Saturday from 10h00 – 12h00 at Elkanah House in TableView,  Cape Town. The TeachMeet will be facilitated by Linda Foulkes from Elkanah House High School.

Linda says, “Please ‘Save the date - 31st May 2014’ as we would love you to attend our TeachMeet@Elkanah from 10h00 – 12h00.  If you are unable to attend, please spread the word to your colleagues. You are welcome to attend as a Keen Bean and contribute an idea - something which worked well in the classroom using ICT; or you can attend as an Enthusiastic Lurker [check out the situation and meet and collaborate with teachers from other schools]. Come and make some new connections or support existing ones, and take time to browse our stunning Schoolyard MarketSign up for the event by clicking on this link.”


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SchoolNet says: These TeachMeets are great times of learning and networking for teachers. We have reportbacks on the SchoolNet blog about the various Elkanah House TeachMeets. You can also find out more about TeachMeets on our TeachMeet wiki. 

Report backs from two previous Teachmeets from Elkanah House

Monday, 26 May 2014

Early bird rate for the SA Global Summit featuring Google in Education ends on 2nd June. Register this week!

We hope you'll make your way out to Dainfern College in Johannesburg this July for the 2nd Annual South Africa Summit featuring Google for Education.  Be sure to take advantage of early bird pricing that ends on June 2nd by visiting http://za.gafesummit.com/2014/registration



This second annual EdTechTeam South Africa Summit is to be hosted by SchoolNet South Africa and Dainfern College at Dainfern College in Johannesburg on July 3 & 4, 2014. This two-day 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 programme features six distinguished presenters, Google employees, Google Certified teachers plus teachers with local success stories in using Google Apps in the classroom. Sessions include two keynote presentations, a demo slam competition, and a closing capstone session - plus two full days of informative breakouts, cutting-edge demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers. 

 Be sure to visit the conference website and register before 2nd June to obtain the early bird rate. These Global Summits featuring Google in Education are held all over the world with HUGE success and we are very fortunate to have one right here in South Africa again this year. We look forward to seeing you there...

Getting Students going on a Tablet by @ajegbers from Dainfern College

imageThis is a guest post from Anthony Egbers who is Head of Technology at Dainfern College Prep School. Anthony has had the opportunity to run a BYOT programme over the past two years. He is a firm believer in the opportunities that technology provides teachers in terms of personal development and classroom opportunities. In this post he shares how they implemented a tablet license system for the students at his school.   This post is also featured on Anthony’s blog http://technoschooljourney.blogspot.com/. Thank you for allowing us to use your post as a guest post Anthony! (This year’s SA Google Summit will be held at Dainfern College).

At my school we have been running a BYOT (tablet) programme for two years. This involves both the Grade 6 (11-12 year old) and Grade 7 (12-13 year old) students.I our first year we struggled to get the grade 6 students up to par with using the Tablets in class and so in January 2014 we implemented a Tablet licence for these students. The idea was to use Edmodo to introduce the students to the schools workflow solution, to introduce them to working on a tablet and to make sure they all had the required apps in order to use a tablet effectively at school.


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1. Create an outline document for your schools work flow
To start the process we used a Google Doc to get input from all the Grade 6 teachers and create an outline to follow in order to ensure that we covered all our bases. At the end of this process we had 30 major items that every student needed to be aware of in order to use their tablet properly. These were then grouped into Modules or learning tasks.



2. Create a group
Once we had the modules we needed to find a way for students to access them, without having tablets at school. For this part I decided to run the licence via Edmodo, firstly because we use Edmodo at school and secondly because the students need to be comfortable using Edmodo to both receive tasks and to hand in completed work. The first step was to create a group that the students could join:



3. Set assignments that cover your content
After that I created modules for each student to complete. The licence is self-paced and open to all Grade 6 students. I started by loading to Assignments (Modules) each week. The module below used commonsense Media's Digital Passport to introduce the students to sensible online behaviour.

4. Award your badges as work is completed



5. Hand out the licence



Part 1 on the license
Part 1 on the licence covered the following 'modules':
  1. The schools Acceptable Use Policy.
  2. Digital Citizenship.
  3. Password Management (Security of and remembering their passwords)
  4. Email etiquette
  5. Email Setup (Labels and filters)
  6. Edmodo assignment turn in.
  7. Google Calendar.
  8. App/Play/Windows store account setup
  9. Social Media safety
  10. App readiness (in terms of getting all the recommenced apps for school)
Phase two of the licence start in May and I will do another post on how that goes. This part will cover:
  1. Setting up the tablet
  2. It's crashed, now what?
  3. Backing up and restoring the tablet and work on the tablet.
  4. Reading on the tablet (Kindle, iBooks and others. Also looking at the differences of the various formats, PDF, ePub etc)
  5. It’s safe! Safety and security of the Tablet. Including having a cover, using the school lockers and tracking the device.
  6. General classroom rules an the Tablet AUP.
Main challenges
Over the course of administering this process the main problems I had were:
  1. Keeping up with the administration of the modules (96 kids and 11 assignments so far, with 12 to go) 
  2. Keeping all the students on track on a self-paced project. The issuing of  the first few 'licences' did help though.
  3. Handing out the badges. As of now Edmodo has no way of automatically awarding a badge with a pass mark (Would love it if more people suggested this as a future feature for the Edmodo developers)
Benefits
At the end of it all this licence has empowered the students in terms of knowing what is expected of them once they have a tablet at school. The teachers are more comfortable with the fact that students have tablets because they know that they are able to assign tasks and use the tablets in class knowing that the students are prepared for this sort of teaching.

SchoolNet says, "Thank you for sharing this awesome idea with us, Anthony, and well done!"

Six distinguished presenters among others at the Google Summit at Dainfern College in Johannesburg in July. Register this week...

Have you registered for the upcoming 2nd Annual Google in Education Summit to be held at Dainfern College on 3rd and 4th July this year? This Summit is a not-to-be missed event and we urge you to take advantage of the Early Bird Rates that close on June 2nd.  The event is being presented by the EdTechTeam in partnership with SchoolNet South Africa and Dainfern College. Please visit the Conference website at http://za.gafesummit.com to find out more. We would also like to draw your attention to the Pre-conference workshop that will be held on 2nd July - the program is displayed on the conference website http://za.gafesummit.com/2014/pre. Places for these workshops are limited so early sign-up is recommended. The pre-conference has its own pricing as stipulated on the conference website. In this post we focus on some of the distinguished presenters to date. We're in for a treat!

ANTHONY EGBERS
As Head of Technology at Dainfern College Prep School Anthony has had the opportunity to run a BYOD programme over the past two years. He is a firm believer in the opportunities that technology provides teachers in terms of personal development and classroom opportunities. As an Apple Professional Development Trainer he is always looking for ways to use Google and Apple in the classroom. He teaches ICT, Design and Technology and Economic and Management Sciences at Dainfern and uses Google Apps extensively in these lessons. Dainfern College also uses GAFE to manage all email, calender and facilities for the school. He loves to play with new ideas for using tech in teaching and is constantly looking for better ways to engage students in the learning process, while still making them effective digital and global citizens.
@ajegbers on Twitter
Blog: http://technoschooljourney.blogspot.com/




WENDY GORTON
Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and lifelong learner. Currently, she is a 5th grade social studies teacher and technology developer in New York City. She has taught 4th graders in Los Angeles, and has been an elementary technology coordinator, a university technology specialist, an online teacher, a curriculum developer, and a research assistant. She is passionate about project-based learning and using technology like Google Apps to open her students up to collaboration and to the world! She is particularly passionate about international education, and was recently based out of India as a secondary technology integrator at an American school. She loves working with international teachers to find out how technology can make learning come alive for their students. She has been a conference and webinar presenter for ISTE and CUE, and she has lead  educational workshops in Canada, the US, Jamaica, Austria, and the Czech Republic - on topics such as Google Apps, iPad applications in the classroom, professional development, curriculum development, project-based learning, grant-writing, and global collaboration.
Twitter: @WendyGorton
Google+: Wendy Gorton

TIM LEE
Tim Lee is an IT and EdTech Consultant based in Virginia. After 8 years of years leading  infrastructure re-design projects and laptop rollouts across public sector clients in the UK for BT, Microsoft and a number of other leading IT consultancies, Tim moved into the Education space.  Tim has focused on Google Apps since 2009 when he lead the first adoption in Higher Ed (University of St Andrews) in Scotland. After moving to Virginia in 2010, he's been providing a Virtual CIO service to help schools re-design their infrastructure. As a Google Apps Edu Certified Trainer and part of the  Google Chromebook Crew for Education, Tim has assisted numerous schools adopt Google Apps and rollout ChromeBooks. Tim is the founder of Amplified IT, a Google Apps Consultancy and Meraki Reseller company based in Hampton Roads, VA. Amplified IT is excited to be the first Authorized ChromeBook Reseller in the South!
Twitter: @Amplifiedit
Website: www.amplifiedit.com

MOLLY SCHROEDER
Molly Schroeder is a Global Digital Learning Specialist, Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences, workshops and conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. She tries to model Moonshot Thinking and Living in Beta to transform learning for teachers and students. Her background is in Elementary Education and she also holds a certificate in Educational Technology and Gifted Education. She is the Director of Staff Development and Programming with the EdTechTeam.
Twitter: @followmolly
Website: FlippedEducation.com
Blog: FollowMolly

JIM SILL
After almost a decade in the video and television industry, Jim Sill hung up his producer hat and embarked on a career in education. Using his industry experience, he created an award winning video production program at El Diamante High School in Visalia, CA. By involving students in real world video projects, they garnered awards and recognition at the local, state, and national level. With experience producing local television and industrial videos for non-profit organizations, many of his former students now work in the industry. 
As a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Apps Certified Trainer and Apple Certified Trainer, Jim travels the world leading professional development workshops on topics that include Using Video for Social Change, Cinematic Narrative Techniques, Encouraging a Creative Student, Google in the Classroom and much more. Today, Jim is an Educational Technology Consultant and works with educators around the world. In 2012, Jim was featuredon Edutopia and their Teach2Learn series for his work in Building Career Skills in Video Production. He was also awarded The Computer Using Educator (CUE) Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and nominated for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Teacher Award. 
Twitter: @mistersill
Google +: +JimSill
Website: mistersill.com

KAREN WALSTRA
Karen Walstra - Masters in Education, Educational Technology (Wits).Accreditted ETD Assessor and Moderator. Author. Attended Leadership course at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Successful, passionate teacher. Educational Consultant: Programme Director Thandulwazi Rokunda Teacher and Leader Development Programme. Now Google Education Go Digital programme manager.


We look forward to seeing you at Dainfern College in Johannesburg on 3rd and 4th July...

Friday, 23 May 2014

The free Nokia Mobile Maths service for Grades 10-12 learners overview in pictures…

Nokia Mobile Mathematics is a free, online Grade 10-12 Mathematics support service providing 9000+ CAPS-aligned questions.

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The Nokia Mobile Mathematics programme has been around since 2008 and it grew rapidly from 300 – 50, 000 in 2012. Since the it has been opened to informal learning. 

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Nokia now offers 24/7 service to its interactive Maths learning materials.

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Take a look at this diagram of the Nokia Mobile Mathematics feature highlights.

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This is an account of the true impact that the Nokia Mobile Mathematics programme  is having. Take a look at the statistics below. 82% of the usage happens outside of school hours.

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Make this free programme known to the students at your school. Spread the word. And if you are a Grade 10-12 Maths teacher, get your students to enrol in the Nokia Mobile Mathematics  program. Here are the details:

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Trends in education – thoughts on what seems to be happening in education worldwide

Submitted by Fiona Beal
I had a phone call today from a friend in another city telling me that her school is revising its entire IT strategy. They are in the process of reviewing current and past trends in educational IT practice and she wondered if I could forward any documentation or links that speak to the conversation. My interest was immediately sparked and I thought this would make an excellent blog post topic. So, a search from all my bookmarked sites on this topic leads to the following thoughts:


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1. The Horizon Report
My first thought regarding documentation was the Horizon Report, the latest one for K-12 education being the 2013 edition downloadable at http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-k12 . The Horizon Project is a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe. Their 2013 table of contents contains:
  • Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less (Cloud Computing and Mobile Learning)   
  • Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years ( Learning Analytics,    Open Content)
  • Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years (3D Printing, Virtual and Remote Laboratories)
2. Tablets, mobile learning, BYOD, and cloud mobility
This trend is really gaining popularity world-wide as education policy makers embrace the power, availability, and wide spread use of the smart phone, the tablet, BYOD and the importance of Internet Connectivity in every classroom. We can have information at our fingertips which automatically leads to a complete change in teaching methodology.

  • This incorporates digital wearable technology like Google Glass and smart watches 
  • Augmented reality is making its way into education with a large number of popular apps such as Aurasma being used effectively in classrooms around the world.
  • 3D printing is a technology that allows users to turn any digital file into a three dimensional physical product. Several South African schools have invested in 3D printers for educational use.
  • Google Apps and the paperless classroom. It’s hard to recall what life was life before Google! The paperless digital environment is becoming a reality in many parts of the world and there’s no doubt that Google Apps (and the ever-increasing number of tools that link with Google Apps) is making this happening.  Google Drive (formerly known as Google Docs) allows students to work totally in the cloud. This means that students can access their work and files anywhere. They can start an assignment at school, finish it at home, and share it with the teacher virtually to have it assessed. The teacher can add notes highlighting good points and errors, and comment verbally or in writing on what is written within the document.
3. Student-created content is on the rise
With information so readily available via the Internet student-created content creation is coming to the fore. Think about what students learn and experience when they create their own digital content.They access and curate materials and put together a layout. They have to research the subject that they are creating the content about and learn the application they’re using to create it. Their work can be shared with a world-wide audience which leads to a sense of pride and achievement.

  • The use of digital tools is becoming commonplace in education. Rich media content that is available widely for educational purposes is awesome i.e. Khan Academy. Jane Hart gives a great updated yearly list of the top 100 tools in education..
  • New online tools for creating content are invented every day! Different tools are used for different needs and the concept of  App smashing for creating multimedia projects is being applied.
  • The Maker Movement, is a technological and creative learning revolution underway around the globe. Education is recognising the amazing consequences of encouraging students to create–from start to finish.
4. Teaching delivery methods are changing
There’s no doubt that the use of technology plus all these changes in education will allow teachers to create powerful learning experiences based on what is commonly referred to as 21st century skills. These learning experiences could include:

  • Learning simulations The use of simulated activities in education is widely becoming recognized as an important tool in schools. They simulate an activity that is "real", and so it can be said that they are "virtually real". They simulate the activity so well that there is little difference between the simulated environment and the real one, and the same kind of learning experience can take place.
  • Project-based learning.Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying.
  • Classroom Learning Management Systems and Social Learning Networks such as Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology, Obami etc. keep a classroom motivated and organised. These are community-building platforms for a class where teachers and students get to share learning resources and interact with each other.
  • Use of video in education. YouTube is way, way more engaging than reading and writing. Teachers who use instructional video report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning.
  • Virtual learning encompasses learning that takes place outside of the school…everywhere really…and brings it into the school. The benefits of virtual field trips are well known: They’re inexpensive—often free—and are less time-consuming than a real trip.
  • Gamification of education. ‘This is a little like online math and science games, but bigger, longer, deeper, and more fun, with a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, risk-taking, attention to detail and creativity' (Jacqui Murray)
  • Crowdsourcing. So much information is available. ‘'Crowdsourcing’ is the concept of gathering input from the ‘crowd’–in your case, that means students, a class, the school, or whatever group you are focusing on. It encourages everyone’s participation in learning, teaching, and events’ (Jacqui Murray)
  • Social media The important use of social media in the classroom is being recognised around the world – blogging, Twitter, back-channeling, online communities etc.  Knowledge will always matter but connectivity is becoming an important factor in enhancing knowledge. 
  • 21st century skills can be actively pursued in the classroom. Studies have shown a positive impact on learning when students are required to engage in inquiry, collaborate, analyse content critically, construct knowledge, create, and effectively communicate their learning .
  • Genius hour is based on Google’s 80/20 plan. Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.  It provides students with a choice in what they learn during a set period of time (e.g. 20% of the day) during school. 
  • Flipped classroom Flipped instruction frees up some time to enable active learning to take place in the classroom.Sol Khan explain this concept via a video.
The network of Microsoft Innovative Schools includes schools and teachers exhibiting many of these attributes.

5. Global collaboration is on the increase
We are living in an increasingly collaborative, team-based world. Global collaboration projects bring students together from different countries to work on a joint project. They can be introduced at any age or grade-level and infused into any subject area or curriculum. Skype and Google hangouts make this collaboration possible at face-to-face level.

6. Learning space design
Learning spaces are being redesigned. To accommodate the changes taking place in education many schools and teachers are redesigning their classrooms to accommodate deeper learning.


 

7. Programming and coding
 http://askatechteacher.com/2014/01/30/7-education-trends-you-dont-want-to-miss/ Maths andSscience are always hot trends  but the 2013-14 school year seems to also be about coding, programming, and music in some countries. In the UK coding is being brought in as early as Grade 1.


8. Personal Learning Networks and online communities  
Teachers can benefit immensely from connecting with others and developing their own personal learning networks as this video Use Digital Tools to Create and Grow your Personal Learning’ explains. 

9. TED Talks about education
TED Talks bring us the latest innovations and ideas via their popular video series. This video shows some leaders in technology explaining trends.


The world is changing before our eyes. Education is changing. What will we do to embrace these changes in our schools and classrooms?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qmwdbhsbVs&feature=youtu.be 


Further reading

Microsoft Educator Network


The Partners in Learning Network has recently been renamed to the Microsoft Educators' Network. With this renaming there were some changes made to the network. Look at what is available to teachers on the Microsoft Educators' Network by viewing this SlideShare.



Wednesday, 14 May 2014

How much do you know about the free Nokia Mobile Mathematics service for Grade 10-12 learners?



SchoolNet Webinar recording from Thurs 8 May 3:00pm ‘Get to know the Microsoft Educator Network’ by Megan Rademeyer


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On Thursday afternoon 8 May 2014 at 3.30pm we held a SchoolNet webinar entitled ‘Get to know the Microsoft Educator Network' presented by Megan Rademeyer from SchoolNet. Have you noticed the recent change of name of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network to the Microsoft Educator Network? (the URL is still http://www.pil-network.com/) This change took place on April 15th 2014 and include with it many additional benefits . There are amazing resources and great opportunities for professional development and opportunities to connect to teachers all over the world available on the Network and we were thrilled that Megan could explain the Network to us in this webinar.


The webinar description
The Microsoft Educator Network (www.pil-network.com) is a great platform for teachers to stay in touch with trends in education; to get ideas for lessons that use technology; and to complete free online courses. In this webinar we will talk about how you can use the Partners in Learning Network to:
  • download great tools including Autocollage, Photostory, Microsoft Maths and Photosynth and we will show examples of how some of these tools have been used to enhance lessons
  • get ideas and lesson plans from learning activities developed by winners at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum and how you can share your own Learning Activity
  • complete online professional development courses such as the “Teaching with Technology” course.
It is free to join the Microsoft Educator Network and all of the tools, resources and professional development on offer through this platform are free too. Joining takes just minutes if you already have a Microsoft, Gmail, Yahoo or Facebook account. Go to www.pil-network.com to get started.

The Presentation
This latest presentation has been uploaded to the SchoolNet SlideShare account and it can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.



The Webinar Recording
The webinar recording can be listened to on the following link: 
http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/p1ltrj79mxs/

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

Microsoft tools #6: Build memory and recognition skills using Microsoft Flashcards

This application is called FLASHCARDS and it is an application from Microsoft Education Labs.  I really like the idea of these flashcards. This is a great programme to teach your learners at school to use. They could use it for anything where facts are important - vocabulary recognition, spelling, history etc. This tool is available as a free resource on the Microsoft Educator's Network. We invite you to join this amazing network with its large collection of resources, lessons and tutorials.  Flashcards can be downloaded from this link http://bit.ly/1sM6Kiy



When we were in Seattle some time back one of the group designed flashcards about Seattle, and at the time I was really taken with the idea.

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How to use Flashcards
Microsoft Partners in learning UK has a video available on how to use this flashcards application.
http://www.youtube.com/user/innovativeteach#p/u/54/FhdEZ8KoA3s




Classroom Use
You can't overestimate the importance of using flashcards in the classroom, especially in a Foundation Phase classroom.
* Introducing new vocabulary

*Practising vocabulary
*Quizzes

*Practising Maths bonds

However this application is useful for any classroom:
*Create a revision tool in one of the subjects you teach
*Show your students how to create a revision tool with this application.
*Students can do revision and test themselves using this application

*Flashcards are a great way to test your knowledge when you’re learning a foreign language, 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

SchoolNet Webinar recording from 24 April 3:30pm ‘Create interactive images using ThingLink’ by Linda Foulkes


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On Thursday afternoon 24 April 2014 at 3.30pm we held a SchoolNet webinar entitled ‘Create interactive images using ThingLink' prsented by Linda Foulkes from Elkanah House High School. We would like to thank Linda very much for willing to present for us and for the great webinars she presents.

The webinar description
Linda says “Thinglink is a great tool that offers a web platform and mobile app for creating and sharing interactive images. With Thinglink teachers or students add content inside any image - including photos, video and audio players, web links, polls, text and more. These appear in the image when shared and viewed. Thinglink can be used for a wide variety of purposes in Education for teaching and learning. Its design is flexible and easy to use for all levels of technology integration thus providing a differentiated learning experience. It all starts with an image, which is then defined through multimedia, then packed full of content. This presentation will demonstrate how:
a) one would create a Thinglink and where can one draw content come from?
b) you would use the free tagging tool to give photos new life with sound, voice, video, social, and photo based quizzes
c) create student accounts from a list of names
d) using channels to organize your Thinglink classroom
e) using the Thinglink App
f) Thinglink resources


The PresentationThe presentation used in the webinar has been uploaded to the SchoolNet SlideShare account and it can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.



The Webinar Recording
The webinar recording can be listened to on the following link: http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/p6z0goly9jp/


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

SchoolNet Webinar on Thurs 8 May 3:00pm ‘Get to know the Microsoft Educator Network’ by Megan Rademeyer


Have you noticed the recent change of name of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network to the Microsoft Educator Network? (the URL is still http://www.pil-network.com/) This change took place on April 15th 2014.  There are amazing resources and great opportunities for professional development and opportunities to connect to teachers all over the world available on the Network.. In a nutshell on the the Microsoft Educator Network, amongst a myriad of other benefits, you can:
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We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a free SchoolNet webinar about what is available on the Microsoft Educator Network on Thursday afternoon  8 May at 3pm.  Our presenter is Megan Rademeyer from SchoolNet. We would love you to join us and find out more.

Webinar details
Meeting Name:  ‘Get to know the Microsoft Educator Network’ by Megan Rademeyer
Summary: The Microsoft Educator Network (www.pil-network.com) is a great platform for teachers to stay in touch with trends in education, to get ideas for lessons that use technology, and to complete free online courses. In this webinar we will talk about how you can use the Microsoft Educator Network to:
  • download great tools including Autocollage, Photostory, Microsoft Maths and Photosynth and we will show examples of how some of these tools have been used to enhance lessons
  • get ideas and lesson plans from learning activities developed by winners at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum and how you can share your own Learning Activity
  • complete online professional development courses such as the “Teaching with Technology” course.
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Friday, 2 May 2014

Microsoft tools #5 - Microsoft's AutoCollage is a must for teachers and students

Submitted by Fiona Beal
Nowadays there are so many different things you can do with your photographs. Microsoft AutoCollage is a webtool that allows you and your students to get creative with your images and combine them into a single collage. Best, of course, is that it is free. Microsoft Research has really tried to make this application as simple as possible to use. Basically, you point it to a folder of photos in your My Pictures section and it knits them together to produce an eye catching collage. The tool is also available on the Microsoft Educator's Network. We invite you to join this amazing network with its large collection of resources, lessons and tutorials. 

Examples of Microsoft's AutoCollage
If you would like to see examples, Microsoft Research has a whole folder of AutoCollage photos in Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/groups/autocollage/ Here is an example from that group.


How to use Autollage
Here are some step by step instructions on how to use AutoCollage.
How to use Autocollage 
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A video tutorial on Microsoft AutoCollage
Below is a tutorial video that I found in the UK Partners of Learning YouTube channel. You can see that the opening image is a collage of a number of photos. I think this teacher explains very clearly how to get started with AutoCollage...hope you find it useful.



Classroom uses for AutoCollage

Here are some starting points for classroom ideas for using AutoCollage. Please add some thoughts that you have about ways of using this programme in your classroom.