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IWB Thoughts

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Ian and I gave a workshop on SMARTBoards for the Khanya facilitators today. It was interesting on many levels.

At some point during our first week, we were told that the Khanya facilitators were responsible for training the teachers to use the IWBs. The teachers clamoured for training, with most having little to no previous experience with a board.… Continue

Added by Jody Meacher on July 17, 2009 at 16:25 — No Comments

Teachers and Laptops

There's a movement in South Africa to equip every teacher with a laptop. The plan has undergone a number of major changes over the last year or so, but in the current incarnation, teachers are eligible for a stipend from the government if they purchase a laptop to use in preparing and delivering instruction.

In the schools, computers are scarce. A school might have a computer lab or two, but there aren't any computers in the classrooms. In many cases, I've seen SMART Boards… Continue

Added by John Schinker on July 17, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments

3 Free Dissertation Titles on your subject!!!

I am doing my MBA from Ireland in international business. I have worked with construction industry for couple of years including a stint in gulf area and I needed to submit my dissertation this semester. I have a special interest in business development and wanted some suggestions for dissertations titles specifically focusing the Ireland industry. I was browsing through the website when I found this dissertation help website… Continue

Added by Rose Tyler on July 17, 2009 at 4:21 — No Comments

Curriculum Delivery vs. Learning

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We are in the middle of our week of workshops for facilitators. Today’s menu included a visioning workshop. When asked about the main goal or mission statement for the organization, the participants came up with a statement about getting computers and training to the school to allow for “curriculum delivery through ICT.”

Think about that for a… Continue

Added by Jody Meacher on July 14, 2009 at 14:00 — No Comments


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We visited the Cape of Good Hope today. Along the way we stopped in Simon’s Town and saw some penguins. I brought along one of the Flip video cameras that were donated to leave in Africa and was able to capture some video footage to take back for students at home to work with.

I often say that teachers do all the things we wish our learners would… Continue

Added by Jody Meacher on July 11, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Reflections on Week 1

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The first week of workshops is finished. When we arrived home, I went for a walk on the beach and looked back on the week. Here are a few reflections on things that I have learned from these wonderful South African Educators.

1. Slow down and take it easy. I realized this week that it has been a long time since I have worked with teachers who… Continue

Added by Jody Meacher on July 10, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Surrendipitous Timing

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Today was the day for discussing issues of access to ICT, and the formation of ICT committees in the schools. I had arranged to have a Skype call with someone who supports and coordinates ICT Integration at the school board level in my home school board. We were waiting to start the Skype call on the big screen when he dropped off Skype.

As I… Continue

Added by Jody Meacher on July 10, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

What a Treat!

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I was able to listen to a group a educators in a session this afternoon sing a song called “Shoshanna”. This is a song that is sung all over Africa during soccer matches and the like.. It was a wonderful mingling of the rich, powerful, happy voices of our colleagues. The rhythms of it went straight through to my core. I feel so lucky to have been there… Continue

Added by Jody Meacher on July 9, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

First Impressions of South Africa

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Well, I have been in South Africa, specifically Cape Town, for a little over a day now. I am here with a Teachers Without Borders – Canada team who will provide ICT training to for teachers from schools in the Townships.

While I am still trying to take it all in and assimilate what I have been seeing.

We visited the school where we will be… Continue

Added by Jody Meacher on July 5, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Chronicling Africa Part 1 with TWBC09

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I have been on the road now for nearly a week now after finishing a crazy academic year of much travel and one of the best teaching years I can remember. The last few weeks have been a flurry of submitting reports, packing for a conference in DC and Africa, saying goodbye to staff and students at one school and meetings and introductions to a new school. When I return from Africa in late August, I will officially begin my new job of directing… Continue

Added by Sharon Peters on July 4, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

Mr. Peters, Prepare For Take-Off

June 28, 2009

On Friday I packed the last of my things, said my goodbyes to the staff, students and parents that I have worked with for the last five years, locked my classroom and handed in the key. On Monday, it will be given to someone else, and my nameplate will be removed and replaced, at least for the next two years.

I am now officially “on extended leave” from my life in Canada and my career in the Ontario public school system. While the staff… Continue

Added by Michael Peters on June 28, 2009 at 13:00 — No Comments

Invite to all teachers and their learners to join Nederburg's Virtual School

I am inviting all great spirited teachers from around the world to join my Virtual School

We are a school that wants to Collaborate with schools from around the world. To create reusable learning content for our learners and enable them to explore the infinite possibilities that the Digital Media can offer.

Errol Keet

Added by Errol Keet on June 23, 2009 at 5:25 — 2 Comments

Be Aware

First is to thank Almighty God for the life He Has given unto us.

Being an ICT teacher in North Eastern is a big Challenge. You wake up one day you find many learners to teach, Oh! the next day you don't have even one then you wonder what a day?

There is Low knowledge of ICT in the region so, there is need to create awareness to enhance the community about the need for ICT in the region in terms of regional and national development to assist the achievement of the vision… Continue

Added by Daniel Mutinda Munuve on June 14, 2009 at 5:55 — No Comments

Media Literacy in Nigeria

Youth Media in Nigeria

Lee Rother, PhD

In March 2006, I spent three incredibly rewarding and challenging weeks in Western Nigeria introducing Media Education to hundreds of primary and secondary students and their educators in numerous schools. My experiences in Nigeria came at the invitation of the Youth for Technology Organization, and Martins Akpan; the co-coordinator of Teens Resource Centre and producer of a community cable program titled TEENSWORLD on MCTV. This… Continue

Added by Lee Rother, PhD on April 24, 2009 at 14:05 — No Comments

Cue from best practices in Education

I was looking at the Earth Treasury wiki and found it wonderful project, piggybacking on OLPC's computer program in education in order to further health, economic opportunity, human rights, and anything else in the way of sustainable development. Nothing could have come to me at the appropriate time than this resource. My interest is provoked by our desire to put teachers and children in public schools in Kenya, on the path of ICT’s, more specifically, how to use ICT is improving learning… Continue

Added by Dan Andrew Otedo on April 4, 2009 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Time to rethink the Free Primary Education in Kenya.

What the US government is doing in revamping education in America is may be just what Kenya needs now more than ever. While our education system is a pale comparison to the education systems in the northern countries Kenya’s education (like that of her sister East African states) needs a bold radical surgery in the public education.

Whereas the government of Kenya continues to grapple with insurmountable social and economic challenges, it should not be lost to us that the quality of… Continue

Added by Dan Andrew Otedo on March 14, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments


This blog post starts today 10 March 2009. Just back from training of educators on the use of OneNote in lesson preparation. The trainees were quite delighted.

Added by Charles Robert Adjah on March 10, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

Growing Up In Africa's Cruelest War Zone

Growing Up In Africa's Cruelest War Zone

It's terrible to be a child anyplace without adequate food, shelter or access to education. Add war, and society's youngest members face a life of relentless horror and uncertainty. But even war seldom produces the kind of cruelty endured by children in African war turned zones like Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, etc. Over the past two decades rebels in this war areas have systematically used child abuse as a military strategy. First children as… Continue

Added by Maurice MArtin on March 1, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

Africa and Web 2.0

watch video here: video link

Added by Noble Kelly on February 19, 2009 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

International teaching

I'm interested in Michael's post about teaching in Guatamala. I'm at the other end of my teaching career in Canada but I'm interested in the type of opportunities he mentions. Are there opportunities outside the capitals?
Are these schools focussed on expats or the local population. I'd love to hear more after you've started.

Added by Ida Freer on February 15, 2009 at 18:39 — 2 Comments

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