Monday, 29 April 2013

You don’t want to miss our SchoolNet conference early bird registration fee – three international speakers

SchoolNet is very excited about their upcoming Conference in Bloemfontein 2-4 July 2013. We invite you to register and also submit a proposal for a presentation  on our SchoolNet website Conference page http://schoolnet.org.za/conference_2013/ Our early bird reduced registration fee ends at the end of April (tomorrow at midnight) so there’s a need to hurry and register! (Thank you very much to those who have already registered and submitted a presentation proposal). 

We are delighted to introduce to you our three invited international speakers:

Baldev Singh
imageBaldev Singh is from Bristol in the UK. He is the Director for Imagine Education and he will be speaking about trends in technology and their impact in the classroom, connecting classrooms and also 21st Century Learning Design through a Technology Lens. (http://www.imagineeducation.net/)  Baldev along with Adrian Blight has started a Hot topic on the Partners in Learning Network on Building Teacher Capacity if you would like to contribute to the conversation.The Imagine Education ‘Connected Learning’ blog can be viewed at http://www.imagineeducation.net/whatshappening/

Naomi Harm
imageNaomi Harm is from Minnesota, USA. She is a well-known education consultant who will be speaking about Global Classroom Collaboration, Learning with Tablets and Designing blended learning for the classroom. Her blog can be viewed at http://blog.innovativeeducator.us/ Naomi is very active in social networking and has presented a number of very interesting webinars for Simple K (see the on-demand section). She also runs the new weekly online Intel Teachers Engage radio talk show titled Digital Buzz Radio Talk Show.  Naomi says about this talk show "I will be broadcasting live and offering prerecorded shows from our recording studio out of Brownsville, MN. A very special thank you to our show’s sponsor of Intel Teachers Engage, an online community for educators dedicated to transforming the K-12 classroom teaching and learning environment!  You can find Intel Teachers Engage online at http://engage.intel.com." 


Frederick Kastner
imageFrédéric Kastner is from from London, UK. He is the programme manager at The Virtual School and will be speaking on how teachers can make their own educational videos;  he'll also give a global view of what is happening in the world of digital subject content. The Virtual School aims to provide access to comprehensive world-class education, free of charge, around the world. The Virtual School videos can be accessed on YouTube. Their blog can be viewed at http://thevirtualschool.wordpress.com.  


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The Opening Address
This will be given by the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Enver Surty who is very well-known to South African educators.

Themes
Local educators can also submit a presentation on one of the following Themes
 
  • Connecting classrooms - learning activities that use technology to connect classrooms beyond the school's boundaries.
  • Learning with tablets - learning activities that are unique to the use of tablets in and beyond the classroom.
  • Learning with mobile phones - learning activities that are unique to the use of mobile phones in and beyond the classroom.
  • Innovative teaching - any teaching with technology that you feel is innovative, especially if you have entered the Microsoft Innovative Education Forum now and in the past, but not reserved for that group of teachers.
  • ICT leadership in the school - ways in which you have shown successful leadership of ICT integration activities in your school generally.
  • Curriculum delivery through digital content - how the inclusion of digital content in the curriculum has enhanced your teaching and student learning.
  • Technologies for the Foundation Phase - ways in which technology is used successfully in the Foundation Phase.
Partners in Learning Forum recognising Innovative teachers in South Africa
 The finals of this fantastic competition recognising Microsoft Expert Educators in South Africa will be held at the Conference - you will get to view them presenting winning learning activities. Why not considering entering the Forum? More information is available here

Register today and get our early bird registration fee - closes tomorrow

As you can see this has the potential of an amazing conference! So please get your early bird registration completed before the end of April (reminder - Tuesday midnight!). The URL again: http://schoolnet.org.za/conference_2013/

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