Friday, 29 September 2017

Webinar recording and presentation download link 'Digital storytelling as a means to encourage students to write' by Fiona Beal


On Thursday 28th September at 3:15pm we held a free SchoolNet webinar which was presented by Fiona Beal a teacher, writer and ICT trainer from Cape Town. The webinar was entitled ‘Digital storytelling as a means to encourage students to write'

Webinar description
Fiona says: 'The world is changing. The way we write is changing! This is where digital storytelling comes in. Digital storytelling is a great way to give your students a creative way to tell their stories, and to get them to see the stories all around them in everyday life. In this webinar we will look at an overview of digital storytelling including how the Internet is changing writing. We’ll look at some key resources as well as useful free storytelling tools that one can use. Lastly we’ll discuss some simple ways of introducing digital storytelling in your classroom as well as some more advanced methods of creating a digital story. Perhaps you can share an idea or two of how you use digital storytelling in the classroom or in your life, if you attend this webinar?'

The downloadable webinar presentation
Here is the downloadable presentation from the webinar available online in SlideShare from this link:


Digital storytelling as a way of encouraging writing - by Fiona Beal from Schoolnet SA

Webinar recording
The webinar recording can be listened to and viewed on the following YouTube link: (still to be added)

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #123

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2fz0NtO . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Useful Google in Education posts this week #113

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/mwPr9o   . (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Schoolnet free webinar 'Digital storytelling as a means to encourage students to write' presented by Fiona Beal on Thurs 28th Sept at 3:15pm

We are pleased to announce that our next free webinar, Digital storytelling as a means to encourage students to write' will be held this coming Thursday 28th September 2017 at 3:15pm (GMT+2). Our speaker will be Fiona Beal, teacher, writer and ICT trainer from Cape Town. Fiona says: ‘On 8th September we celebrated UNESCO’s International Literacy Day and this year's theme is "Literacy in a Digital World“. The world is changing. The way we write is changing! This is where digital storytelling comes in. Digital storytelling is "using the tools of digital media to craft, record, share and value the stories of individuals and communities, in ways that improve our lives" (Center for Digital Storytelling). It can be described as a way of combining storytelling with a combination of digital images, digital text, audio narration, video and music, to communicate information about a specific theme or topic. Digital storytelling takes storytelling to a new height because it introduces our learners to exciting ways of presenting stories using more media than just pen and paper. It also enables them to present to a wider audience.


Webinar details
Webinar title: Digital storytelling as a means to encourage students to write
Presenter: Fiona Beal, teacher, writer, ICT trainer
Summary: The world is changing. The way we write is changing! This is where digital storytelling comes in. Digital storytelling is a great way to give your students a creative way to tell their stories, and to get them to see the stories all around them in everyday life. In this webinar we will look at an overview of digital storytelling including how the Internet is changing writing. We’ll look at some key resources as well as useful free storytelling tools that one can use. Lastly we’ll discuss some simple ways of introducing digital storytelling in your classroom as well as some more advanced methods of creating a digital story. Perhaps you can share an idea or two of how you use digital storytelling in the classroom or in your life, if you attend this webinar?
Date: Thursday 28th September 2017 at 3:15pm
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Host: Fiona Beal
To join the online meeting: http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/digitalstorytelling/

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We are excited about our international keynote speakers who will be presenting at the SchoolNet ICT in the Classroom Conference

Yes, we are excited about our four international keynote speakers who will be presenting at the SchoolNet ICT in the Classroom Conference on 5-7 October at Brescia House in Johannesburg. The draft program is downloadable on our Conference page: http://www.schoolnet.org.za/conference2017/ We are also very excited about our many local presenters who will be delivering really exciting sessions,  but this post focuses our four keynote presenters, all international speakers, three of whom are from other countries. 


Stephen Reid from Scotland
Let’s start with Stephen Reid from Scotland. Stephen is the Director and creative genius of Immersive Minds. He presents on Minecraft: Education Edition all over the world. On his Facebook page, Stephen Reid says, “This week I am returning to my beloved South Africa to attend and present at three separate events over 11 days. I will be working with teachers from across all of the African continent to show them how they can use #Minecraftedu, 3DPrinting, Virtual Reality, 360 cameras, SketchFab, TinkerCAD and more new and emerging technologies in their classrooms.Africa is an exciting, vibrant and fertile education landscape, that experiences many of the same challenges we see in the UK. Teachers from across the continent contact me daily to ask about how they can better reach their students through technology. So I've put together this course to show how these technologies can be used alone or merged to create multiple, deep learning experiences for children of all ages. It's going to be a wonderful week. I can't wait!”
In his keynote at the SchoolNet Conference, entitled, Merging Emerging Technologies, Stephen will explore a variety of emerging technologies and explore how they can be merged to create blended learning and cross-curricular experiences for our students. We’ll learn how to use and merge Minecraft, Mineways, Spritecraft, TinkerCad, 3DPrint, 360 Cameras, Virtual Reality and more. In the Microsoft Microsoft Tech Playground at the conference, Stephen will present ‘Create-IT’: A practical exploration of ‘making things’ with multiple, new and emerging technologies at once. From Minecraft to the 3D Printer to the Virtual Reality headset, you can play with technologies that you can merge and make with. Stephen's other four sessions in this series are entitled Experience iT. Make It, Visit It and Play It. 

Ollie Bray from Scotland
Next we have Ollie Bray from Scotland. Ollie is currently Head teacher at Kingussie High School located within the Cairngorms National Park; a Member of the Board of Management at Inverness College: University of the Highlands and Islands; and a member of the BBC’s Educational Broadcasting Council for Scotland advisory board. Under Ollie's leadership Kingussie has been rated one of the most improved schools in Scotland. At a systems level most recently he has been responsible for co-designing the deployment of 22,000 Chromebooks across his education district (authority). For over a decade he has worked regularly in schools and school systems around the world advising of whole school improvement, technology for learning and learning space design (digital & physical). In his keynote entitled The New Learning Landscape Ollie will reflect on new trends in learning, teaching and school leadership and talk about how technology can improve outcomes for children and young people by transforming the learning landscape.

Peter Rafferty from the UK
Peter is planning to showcase how Google Classroom can be a powerful tool for teachers and pupils but also to include how analogue approaches can fit into a digital world. As a starting point he aims to use “Sparkly Letters” for a bit of interaction and as something a bit different. If you’ve not come across the concept of “Sparkly Letters” yet, Peter has provided these descriptions of how they have been used and received:
http://raff.creativeblogs.net/2014/05/27/letter-from-america/
http://raff.creativeblogs.net/2015/11/19/sparkly-letters-in-silicon-valley/

Peter says, “This is the analogue part of the session. I’d like the children of Green Park and Redgate to join in so that I have enough letters for the conference delegates to reply to and maybe enough to take back some to the schools and have pupils reply in Sparkly Letter style.

The digital part  of the session is to use one Great Big Global Google Classroom to connect everyone in the project and develop a shared resource/peer learning experience which subsequently highlights the simplicity and ease of using Google Classroom as a tool for teaching and learning. Maybe, as there is no time difference between South Africa and the UK, have some live collaboration going on.

In addition, I’ll take the opportunity to show some digital alternatives to analogue (hand written) Sparkly Letters.
The idea is that each person who opens a letter has got to reply to that person with their own Sparkly Letter. I’m filling my suitcase with suitable materials.”

Sarietjie Musgrave from Bloemfontein
Finally let’s talk about our South African keynote presenter,  Sarietjie Musgrave from Bloemfontein,  who will talk on Anywhere, Anytime Learning. This keynote presentation looks at anywhere, anytime learning from the perspective of the learner and the teacher as a lifelong learner. In this session Sarietjie draws on her range of experiences to describe different ways in which a teacher can continue to develop professionally over the course of his or her career. Sarietjie is the Director of Academic Services at HigherEdPartnersSA in conjunction with the University of the Free State.

This conference will be well-worth attending. Why not take advantage of some of our specials mentioned at http://bit.ly/2vIt7MT and register? If you would like to download the draft programme to look at the sessions offered, please visit our conference site: http://www.schoolnet.org.za/conference2017/

Friday, 22 September 2017

Useful Google in Education posts this week #112

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/6dtKSV. (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Create a classroom blog and get your learners posting via email...


Submitted by Fiona Beal
Blogging is a great way to engage and inspire learners in the classroom. A blog is a web publishing tool that allows authors to easily self-publish and share text, artwork, videos, images, links to other blogs or Web sites, and much more. For several years now all the learners in my various Grade 4 – 7 classes have had their own blogs. We use these as digital portfolios and also as a way to learn digital citizenship and courtsesy on the Internet. Since we are a G Suite school, the free Blogger platform comes with G Suite Apps which means that blogs can be monitored more easily.

However, running student blogs takes up a lot of a teacher’s time. This post suggests another way, that is easier to manage, for getting your class benefiting from blogging… as long as they have an email account.

Set up your classroom blog
Perhaps you want to have a single classroom blog that is populated by the learners themselves? Well, Blogger makes this really easy. All you have to do on the main blog is activate the secret email address under settings and pass it on to your learners. They can write their posts in an email and add an image. They address it to the secret address. On your side you may want to review the post first, in which case you’ll set it up to receive drafts from your learners. Otherwise you can set it up to post immediately.

Here is a step by step process to create this type of blog with a secret email address.



How to use your new blog
How would I use this type of blog? You might ask. Here are just a few ideas:
1) You can ask the learners to reflect on what they learned in a lesson.
2) You could ask them to post a story they have written.
3) Learners could write a book review for Independent reading.
4) Learners could write about an outing they have just been on.
5) You could also teach learners how to comment on each other’s work in a positive and constructive manner.

Why don’t you try doing this exercise - set up one classroom blog for the whole class. Blogger makes it very easy to set up a blog – basically it takes around fifteen minutes from setting up an account to publishing the first post. Give the learners the secret blog address. If  your learners don't all have email accounts, create one email account and let them all use that one. (I  haven't yet tried this function but I am assuming it will  work).

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #122

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2fznttG . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Friday, 15 September 2017

#111 Useful Google in Education posts this week

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/Zp53th . (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #121

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2hc93A1 . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Monday, 11 September 2017

Webinar recording and presentation download link 'Explore the Chekhov app for online writing' by MIEExpert Phuti Ragaphala'

On Thursday 31st August at 3:15pm we held a free SchoolNet webinar which was presented by Phuti Ragophala a teacher from Limpop who is well-known in many international and local education circles and also a Microsoft MIEExpert Educator. The webinar is entitlled, "Explore the Chekhov app for online writing' . Phuti believes that using the the Chekhov app for reading and writing is a great way to fight illiteracy.

Webinar description
Phuti says, "The Chekhov is one of the free apps offered by Microsoft for educators to access and use to enhance, transform and drive teaching and learning. Traditionally authors were known to be very academic people but today, through the Chekhov app, even primary school learners can write and publish story books online. The Chekhov app enables learners to be the solution seekers of the challenges that affect their communities. Illiteracy is one of the major challenges that need to be addressed in our country.. The sooner children get exposed to the challenges of their communities, the better they learn with understanding. I would encourage educators to start using it to encourage writing in learners. We are grooming future authors, journalists and orators."

The downloadable webinar presentation
Here is the downloadable presentation from the webinar available online in SlideShare from this link: http://bit.ly/2hsafvN



Webinar recording
The webinar recording can be listened to and viewed on the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/K9Vr7ndEEZI 



SchoolNet presents a free webinar once a month.

Participate in the online Global Collaboration Day on 21st September...and more


Here is a message from the Global Education Conference Network with loads of opportunities for you and your class:

Global Collaboration Day
"September 21st is the third annual Global Collaboration Day! Experienced global educators are hosting a plethora of online activities for students, pre-service teachers, educators, parents, and organization leaders. Take a look at the calendar of events in your time zone and the more detailed directory of events! If you would like to host an event yourself, please submit your activity using these directions by September 18, 2017. And, please share this flyer with potentially interested friends and colleagues.

GlobalEd Events is hosting a Global Education Fair on September 21 as part of Global Collaboration Day. This is an opportunity for schools to receive more information about projects, initiatives, and programs that support globally global connected teaching and learning. See this site for more details about attending and exhibiting. Thanks to all in the global education community who are participating in GCD and the Fair this year! If you need further information, check out our recent presentation for Classroom 2.0 Live.

Last month, we alerted our community to our new Global Education Resources page and GlobalEd Events Calendar. Our resource page contains links to curated global education articles, organizations, and projects. Let us know if we’ve missed any events and activities related to global education and we’ll be happy to add them to the calendar!

Other global opportunities
Finally, here is a collection of information requests, events and opportunities organized by others that we’ve noticed:
GEC member Elizabeth Crawford is curious about any upcoming conferences related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that would be beneficial to educators and policymakers. The Global Education Conference, a virtual event, will have a stranded dedicated to this topic, but Elizabeth is seeking in-person events. Respond to the discussion thread in the GEC Network if you have suggestions.

Teen Dreams is a global video contest in which students can express their dreams as they relate to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Submissions will be accepted starting September 30th.

September 21 is also the International Day of Peace. Music Ambassadors for Peace are organizing a virtual concert and details are available here.

Julie Lindsay’s latest case study from her book The Global Educator features Pernille Ripp, the founder of the Global Read Aloud project which kicks off on October 2.

DigCitKids offers monthly challenges in Spanish and English for kids! Inspired by hurricanes and flooding around the world, this month’s challenge is for kids to show how they are helping neighbors. Students can document their story using their favorite digital tools and share it on social media (with the help of their teachers of course!). There is also a Flipgrid set up for this purpose.

Traveling Tales is a project run by Joel Bevans. He will match your class up with another to create collaborative stories such as these examples. Incorporating SDGs into these stories is encouraged!

#GlobalEdChat, organized and run by the Asia Society, is back in session after a summer hiatus. On September 14th, the Stevens Initiative is guest hosting and the topic will be virtual exchanges. To check see #globaledchat archives, visit Participate to see transcripts and collections of resources.

Post your own global events
If you’d would like an event put into this post next month, post directly to this discussion forum or email Lucy Gray at lucy@globaledevents.com. Thanks to Participate for their support of our events; make sure to visit their site for the best professional development resources!

Visit The Global Education Conference Network at: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Friday, 8 September 2017

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #120

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week. The list is embedded below but can also be found at http://bit.ly/2x3tfJZ . The link to the back-dated posts is: http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Useful Google in Education links this week #110

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers https://goo.gl/dsc2WQ. (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)