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  • Good morning everyone – I am Fiona Beal and I work for an NGO called SchoolNet. I got the title of my talk today from a conversation I had with your principal on Wednesday. I was telling him something about my work and he made this comment ‘Times are changing!’ so I snapped that up for today’s talk.
  • Just to introduce myself, I am…
  • You are wondering who or what SchoolNet is. An NGO originally started by national Dpt I believe and it carries out a lot of the ICT training for teachers around SA that is sponsored by Microsoft, Intel, Nokia and Vodacom plus other corporates. Last year they created a new type of job for a technology integration facilitator and I was lucky enough to be the one they employed.
  • Some parts of my new job.
  • I am going to talk mainly from a technology perpective. I hope that I am not stating the obvious here as I know this is an amazing school and you have an incredible mover and shaker here in the form of Leonie jacobsen and many others I am sure… The main thing to note is that we are teaching in the social networking age – all these different kinds of groups are emerging and connecting online
  • How many of you are on Twitter? Well, tweetchats for teachers are becoming very popular. There’s one right here in SA every Monday night started by Arthur Preston from Elkanah House from 8:30 – 9:30. Last Monday we discussed CAPS. Arthur wants to take this to the next stage of
  • TeachMeets are a world-wide phenomenon it seems in teachers sharing with teachers about a lesson they tried using technology – 3minutes - are becoming regular. Elkanah House has one. I created a wiki where people can advertise their teachmeets and we ar
  • I am going to talk mainly from a technology perpective. I hope that I am not stating the obvious here as I know this is an amazing school and you have an incredible mover and shaker here in the form of Leonie jacobsen and many others I am sure… The main thing to note is that we are teaching in the social networking age – all these different kinds of groups are emerging and connecting online
  • Many are making use of cell phones in their classroom. There’s a teacher in Joburg, Robyn Clarke, at a government High School who is doing great things in Maths with cell phones. She is always being filmed by various interested parties.
  • Many schools – mainly private are starting to use tablets, mainly iPads because they are so geared to education. Just recently Schoolnet hosted Tudor Clee who is a lawyer from New Zealand, and I had the good fortunate to write up about his visit. At the end of the article it says he aspires to become the biggest donor of tablets. But just in case you think that is far off next Weds at fish Hoek High there is a demonstration by a company who has partners with Via Afrika to create textbooks on tablets.
  • Just yesterday I was in Gugulethu at a primary school with MaxwellFuno a Gr 7 teacher and he was telling me how he uses Obami. The kids can access it at home on their parent’s cells.
  • a snippet from a video. How to use it
  • Teacher at Pinelands High
  • Free textbook move with Siyavula
  • Times are changing

    1. 1. ‘Times are changing for teachers…’ (presented at Muizenberg High School) by Fiona Beal fiona@schoolnet.org.za http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com
    2. 2. Introducing myself…• Web 2 ‘fanatic’ love all the free stuff on the Internet!• Teacher - have taught High School English, then Grades 7 – 1 (in that order), and was then appointed as Computer teacher at Fishhoek Primary. Now working for SchoolNet since September last year as a technology integration facilitator.• Life was revolutionised in 2009 by blogging and discovering a whole educational community ‘out there’.• Winner of Innovative Teacher 2009 in SA with a blogging project!• Textbook writer
    3. 3. SchoolNet SA
    4. 4. And muchmore…
    5. 5. So what is changing for teachers?
    6. 6. http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com
    7. 7. Online courses and webinars http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com/p/free-short-online-courses.htmlSchoolNet runs free short courses for its premium members (a freemembership) every month. These are supported by wikis. The oneabout to start is ‘Technify your classroom’
    8. 8. Twitter and Tweetchats for teachers http://www.edchatsa.co.za/ @schoolnetsa
    9. 9. Curating the web
    10. 10. Pinterest
    11. 11. TeachMeetshttp://teachmeet-southafrica.wikispaces.com/
    12. 12. So what is changing in the classroom?
    13. 13. The use of cell-phones in educationTeacher from the Leap School starts publishing house (Fundza) andincludes three mobi stories via Mxit per month to encourage reading
    14. 14. Tablets in the classroom
    15. 15. Free classroom learning systems
    16. 16. Free classroom motivational programmes http://www.classdojo.com/A review: http://lachhull.blogspot.com/2012/02/classdojo-school-approach.html
    17. 17. It’s the era of global projects
    18. 18. Tons of amazing free tools Microsoft’s Songsmith Microsoft’s AutocollageWindows Movie Maker Photostory 3 for Windows
    19. 19. Give a classroom tour using Photosynthhttp://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=fd71f194-6973-42ca-85f2-f6633b18ab26
    20. 20. Songsmith• Choose a style from pop, jazz, reggae etc. and a tempo.• Sing into the PC microphone and Songsmith will then generate musical accompaniment to match your voice.
    21. 21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oGFogwcx-E
    22. 22. Teachers are using free tools in lessons http://prezi.com/vskppld5jufb/teachmeet-cambridge/
    23. 23. E-books are so easy to create and read
    24. 24. The Tooth FairyA collaborative story between three nations Part 1: Kirdup and Geocro in South Africa Part 2: Brandon in Canada Part 3: Alan, Jero and Nico in Argentina
    25. 25. Part 1: The Loose Tooth
    26. 26. One day a little girl was playing in the garden. Her name was Taylor andshe was playing with her cousin Kirsty. You see, Taylor had a wiggly tooth,and it was really bothering her, a lot. All of a sudden, POP! Out came thewiggly tooth!!"Hooray!" said Kirsty. "At last your tooth has come out. You will have to putit under your pillow so that the tooth fairy can come and get it and leaveyou some money.“"Oh really?" said Taylor clapping her hands with excitement.
    27. 27. Flipped classrooms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aGuLuipTwg&feature=relatedhttp://pinelandshighschool.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/when-teachers-become-pupils/
    28. 28. Podcasting
    29. 29. Classrooms blogs are common Teachers blogs in South Africa
    30. 30. Blogs are very popular – for students
    31. 31. Write a book using a blog
    32. 32. Wikis can be easily used http://barnowlstories.wikispaces.com
    33. 33. Invite specialists into your classroom via Skype http://skypeanauthor.wetpaint.com/
    34. 34. Skype chats with scientists http://techblog.stcyprians.net/
    35. 35. Virtual tours
    36. 36. Microsoft Innovative School’s programme http://www.stcyprians.co.za/?m=8&idkey=1333
    37. 37. Schoolnet’s premium membership programme
    38. 38. Conference in October http://www.conf2012.school.za/
    39. 39. Gotta share - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soAk3F0wX9s

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