Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Kim Ranwell does the Eastern Cape proud in Technology-Enhanced Teaching National Teaching Awards


Ms Kim Ranwell of Herbert Hurd Primary School in Port Elizabeth, recently placed third in the 19th National Teaching Awards 'Excellence in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning' category.

Along with teachers who placed first and second, Ranwell won a SchoolNet SA SACE accredited professional development course of her choice for herself and her colleagues as well as a sponsorship to attend the SchoolNet SA Digital Learning Conference, taking place in North West province in June 2019.




Ranwell's uses of Technology to Enhance Education

Technology permeates every learning area in Ms Ranwell’s school; the school insists on having it included as a lesson in each subject taught. Learners are also given an opportunity to independently demonstrate their understanding of the various ICT applications by creating various multimedia content, which they then present to the class.

Ms Ranwell not only champions the learners’ cause but has been instrumental in empowering her fellow teachers to effectively use the technology that is at their disposal. Mindful of people’s natural resistance to change, she uses her dedication and absolute passion she has for technology to convince them of its benefits. 

“Everything that I do comes out of the belief that technology does enhance the children’s learning and can improve our teaching,” she says. 

According to Ms Ranwell, staying abreast of technological developments in one’s area of interest and the willingness to constantly redefine oneself is critical in today’s education system. She advises other teachers to move with the times and try new ways of doing things. “You cannot do things the way they’ve always been done, you have to find out what works best for the learners you currently have in your class because they’re very different to learners we’ve ever had before,” she concludes. 


SchoolNet SA - proud supporter of Excellence in Technology-Enhanced Teaching

“SchoolNet SA is especially proud to support the Excellence in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning category of the NTAs. As an organisation, we believe in improving existing pedagogies by providing innovative classroom activities that harness new technologies, that promote higher order thinking skills and ignite a spirit of enquiry among learners. The teachers who won the Excellence in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning Category are teachers who have demonstrated that they have embraced digital learning and are using this to the benefit of their learners,” says SchoolNet Executive Director, Janet Thomson.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Microsoft and HP present Teaching Teachers workshops in Gauteng

On Saturday 30 March 2018 Microsoft and HP will be hosting Teaching Teachers workshops at two HP Stores. The workshops will be presented by SchoolNet SA facilitators and will focus on OneNote and how it can be used as an educational tool and features of PowerPoint that can be used to flip your classroom.


The workshops will follow the same format:

  • 8:00 - 9:00 - Arrival, registration and getting connected
  • 9:00 - 10:00 - Training
  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Q&A

The workshops are free to teachers, but places are limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Teachers who would like to attend one of the workshops will need to register in advance by clicking on the link for the session and venue where they would like to attend. No walk-ins will be accommodated who have not pre-registered.

The details of the first Gauteng sessions are as follows (with other provinces hopefully following soon):

Date:        30 March 2019
Times:      8:00 - 11:00
Venue:      HP Store Menlyn Shopping Centre
Address:   Shop LF78, Cnr Atterbury road and Lois avenue
RSVP:      Fill in this link to register for the Menlyn workshop

Date:        30 March 2019
Times:      8:00 - 11:00
Venue:      HP Store Eastgate Shopping Centre
Address:   Shop U4, Bradford Road
RSVP:      Fill in this link to register for the Eastgate workshop

Please bring along your own device so that you can participate in this hands-on workshop. You will also require a Microsoft or O365 account - so please register for one prior to the workshop if you don't already have one here.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these hands-on professional development sessions. Why not invite a teacher colleague and make a morning of it?

Tshegofatso Matjila of North West places second in NTA Technology-Enhanced Education category



Mr Tshegofatso Matjila of Botsalano Primary School situated in Kagisano Molopo, North West recently placed second in the "Excellence in Technology-Enhanced Education" category of the 19th National Teaching Awards. The teachers placed first, second and third in this category each receive a SchoolNet South African Council for Educator's (SACE) accredited professional development course of their choice for themselves and colleagues at their respective schools. Matjila, as well as the two runners up in his category will also be sponsored to attend the SchoolNet SA Digital Learning Conference, taking place in North West province in June 2019.



Matjila’s uses of Technology to Enhance Education

Since incorporating ICT in his Mathematics teaching arsenal, Mr Matjila’s learners have become more enthusiastic in attending and participating in his class and there has been a marked improvement in their performance.

“Technology has brought a new and exciting pictorial dimension to my lessons; my learners don’t have to depend on their imagination alone anymore as we now use simulation and videos to ensure further understanding of the concepts,” he says.

With Botsalano Primary School based in a rural community rife with poverty, a lot of the learners come to school with physical and emotional issues which, according to Mr Matjila, need to be dealt with before any effective learning can take place. He believes in the importance of studying and correctly applying official policies, with a good measure of ubuntu, when solving these challenges.

Producing independent and critical thinkers who would go on to change the world for the better is what keeps him motivated to do his best every day. “Imparting knowledge through quality teaching is important to me. I strive to ensure that excellence is provided for all of my learners, regardless of their social position.”


Matjila’s advice to colleagues

Mr Matjila’s advice to new teachers is to approach teaching as a way of living and not a career, saying “Teaching is not a job, it’s a way of living where we need to constantly work hard in order to provide quality teaching to our learners,” he concludes.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Congratulations to Linford Molaodi of Limpopo - NTA Technology-Enhanced Teaching Winner




Mr Linford Molaodi of Masemola High School in Marogoe Masemola, Limpopo recently won the 'Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Award' at the 2019 National Teaching Awards.
In addition to winning a brand new car, a range of technology devices, a Legacy Hotel holiday break and R 10 000 in cash, SchoolNet SA was pleased to award Moladi with a SACE professional development workshop of his choice for himself and his colleagues, as well as a sponsored opportunity to attend the SchoolNet SA Digital Learning conference. 



How does Maselmola use technology to enhance teaching and learning?

Mr Molaodi uses ICT in his classes in various ways, from gamifying content for maximum understanding to using online simulations for instances when apparatus for conducting science experiments is not available. He also avails himself after school via social media platforms to learners who need further clarification on topics covered in class. Besides his classroom work, Mr Molaodi also assists principals from other schools with professional development strategies and provides advice to circuit managers on ICT integration in schools. 

When Mr Molaodi says he absolutely loves helping people he is not merely paying lip-service, he demonstrates this over and over again not only within his class or schooling community but across education districts in Limpopo. “Experiencing people’s transition from a sense of being disadvantaged to being resourceful through technology gives me great fulfillment,” says Mr Molaodi. 


Linford's advice to colleagues

His advice to fellow teachers is to keep company with teachers who have a sound vision for their learners: “Align yourself with people who go an extra mile for their learners and the community within which they operate,” he says. Congratulations to Linford! We look forward to seeing you at the SchoolNet SA conference.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Celebrating Excellence at the 19th National Teaching Awards

On Saturday 16 February 2019 the Department of Basic Education honored teachers who are doing exemplary work at the 19th National Teaching Awards at a celebration held at the Sandton Convention Centre. 


Whilst we commend and celebrate the achievements of extraordinary teachers in a range of categories, SchoolNet SA is especially proud to support the Excellence in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning category. SchoolNet believes in improving existing pedagogies by providing innovative classroom activities that harness new technologies, that promote higher order thinking skills and ignite a spirit of enquiry among learners. The teachers who won the Excellence in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning Category are teachers who have demonstrated that they have embraced digital learning and are using this to the benefit of their learners.


The provincial winners of this category each had an opportunity to present their strategies for using digital tools and resources in their classrooms to a panel of adjudicators that included SchoolNet SA's Megan Rademeyer. Based on these presentations, the following teachers were identified as being the winners in this category:
  • 1st Place - Linford Molaodi (Limpopo),
  • 2nd Place - Tshegofatso Matjila (NorthWest) and
  • 3rd Place - Kim Ranwell (Eastern Cape)

Each of these teachers will receive a SchoolNet SA SACE accredited professional development course of their choice for themselves and colleagues at their respective schools. The three winners will also be sponsored to attend the SchoolNet SA Digital Learning Conference, taking place in NorthWest province in June 2019.

Hearty congratulations to the winners - we look forward to hosting you at our conference and supporting your professional development.