Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Omshani Naidoo is SchoolNet SA's new Executive Director

Congratulations to Omashani Naidoo on her recent appointment as SchoolNet SA’s Executive Director. Omashani has been an integral part of SchoolNet for the past twelve years and we wish her well in her new role. We have faith that Omashani will continue to build on the successes and history of SchoolNet SA, taking on new challenges and adding her own flair to the organisation. SchoolNet SA’s outgoing Executive Director, Janet Thomson, will remain part of the SchoolNet SA family as a member of the Board. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Janet for her leadership and guidance of SchoolNet SA for the past fourteen years.



Anyone who has had any association with SchoolNet SA over the past decade is sure to already know Omashani. She has represented SchoolNet SA in many capacities; has been an active thought-leader in discussions around technology in education; and has trained and mentored many teachers, school leaders, ICT officials over the years. Here is Omashani's full biography:


Omashani Naidoo



Ms Omashani Naidoo is a qualified, Mathematics and Computer Studies teachers and holds an Honours Degree in Education, Training and Development is currently studying her Masters’ Degree in ICTs in Education.

She started her career as a teacher at Radley College and later Waverley Girls High (JHB). She then became part of the subject matter experts’ team at Mindset network, developed their Grade 10 Information Technology materials for print, video and computer-based multimedia and presented Mathematics lessons on the Mindset Learn channel.

In 2007, she started working at SchoolNet SA, and grew into the role of Operations Manager whose responsibilities included management of project budgets as well as monitoring and evaluating training and consultant trainers across the country. This role expanded to seeking new business relationships and projects, maintaining SchoolNet's presence at National and Provincial events and representing SchoolNet at strategic, thought leadership discussions and policy development. She is a master trainer for Microsoft, Google Education, Adobe and Intel, is the IEARN Country Coordinator and an inaugural Global Intel Visionary.


She has vast experience in the implementation of ICT projects both nationally and provincially, which ensures a strategic skillset that balances practice with sound technological, pedagogical and content knowledge of ICTs in Education. She uses a developmental and mentoring approach to growing staff as well as educators through the various SchoolNet programmes and looks forward to leading the organisation to new heights in her role as the Executive Director.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Calling all potential ISPA SuperTeachers

The ISPA SuperTeachers Competition, which is managed by the Digital Education Institute (DEI), is one of the longest-running annual competitions celebrating South African teachers who are using technology to enhance education.

According to project manager Milford Malunga at DEI, “The ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards are well-respected in education circles, both for their longevity and for the huge role they have played in encouraging teachers to pioneer ICT.”


The SuperTeachers competition offers teachers an opportunity to showcase their skills in using digital resources to enhance classroom teaching and learning. This year, for the first time, competition entries will focus on applying cutting edge ICT thinking to design an innovative and effective ICT-infused lesson plan that is aligned to the curriculum.

Interested teachers need to register for the competition by Monday 13 May 2019 and then their final entry (their lesson plan) must be submitted by Friday 28 June 2019. Between registering and submitting their final entries, teachers will have access to a Facebook community of support to assist them with their entries.


This year prizes will be awarded in two categories in order to accommodate teachers who have access to different levels of resources at their schools. A prize is also being offered to a teacher who is able to recruit ten or more eligible colleagues to participate. Finalists will all be invited to attend iWeek - which is being held in Johannesburg in September, where the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards will be presented.

Visit www.ispasuperteachers.co.za to register for the competition and for more information.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Could one of your learners be the next Microsoft Office Champion?

Certiport, Microsoft and Netlearn are offering an opportunity for learners who are Microsoft Office whizzes to represent South Africa at the Certiport Office Specialist World Championship.


What is this competition about?

This global competition tests students' skills on Microsoft Office applications. The learners with the highest exam scores and the lowest exam-taking times in the national competition will be invited to represent their country and compete at the World Championships.


When and where do the World Championships take place?

New York, USA between 28 and 31 July 2019. 

How can learners participate?

To be eligible for possible selection, learners should pass one of the following Microsoft Office Specialist exams before 31 May 2019:

  • Word 2013 or 2016
  • Excel 2013 or 2016
  • PowerPoint 2013 or 2016 

To compete in the final round of the competition, learners must be enrolled in an approved, accredited learning institution and must be between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of 31 May 2019)

The learners who represent South Africa at the World Championships stand to win a range of prizes.


For more info and assistance see the Netlearn website and contact details in the image below: