Saturday, February 1, 2014

Module 7 and 8 training for our ICT4RED teachers

Today we are welcoming all our #ict4red teachers back to Queens college for a continuation of our ICT4RED course. We will be doing Gallery walks and a field trip to demonstrate how these 2 classroom strategies can help our learners to become 21st century champions. The teachers will be using their tablets to explore how this can be done in their classrooms.

To get live updates from the venue, follow our very lively twitter stream here:

During the gallery walk, the teachers will be discussing very important issues using topical exhibits. They will then go online and continue the discussing in a virtual environment (this blog). The exhibit discussion is taking place here:

The topics under discussion are:
Exhibit 1: Digital identities
Exhibit 2: Phishing
Exhibit 3: PLNs pr PLCs
Exhibit 4: Online safety

Saturday, November 16, 2013


There are so many exciting moments that we cannot possibly catch that just on camera, so see some of the videos that people are sharing about what is happening down on the ground, with the teachers in the classrooms.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Journey to Cofimvaba

This trip truly changed my life in the most unexpected way.
Thank you ICT4RED team.

Love the energy in the room

This video captures the energy in the hall during the Teachers Fun Day held by the ICT4RED Project Team in Queenstown on 2 November 2013.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Technology in schools has the power to impact more than just learners: Antoinette Prophy

My visit to Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape was truly human empowering and hope inducing. Now, I know you probably got stuck on Cofimvaba, yes it took me a while to learn how to pronounce it properly and after my trip this weekend, I can now point it out on a map. I really need to travel more and truly explore the vast terrains of our extraordinary country.

Anyway, I digress so back to the purpose of this blog post. I had the opportunity to experience the impact of tablets in classrooms over the weekend. When we were appointed to assist the CSIR Meraka Institute to develop and implement a communications strategy for the ICT for Rural Education Development project, I had no idea how it would impact me personally.

Education is a major focus not only for those who truly understand that our equality lies in quality education (this is the only revolution) but also to those cynics, who sit on the bench and criticize every move those playing the game make. What differentiates the ICT4RED project that it takes an all-inclusive approach so steering away from models where technology is dumped in an environment where it has never been used as a teaching aid. 

The ICT4RED project takes a holistic approach to successfully implement tablets
in schools as a teaching aid. The teachers receive professional development training using modules developed by Dr. Adele Botha and Maggie Verster specifically for the project.  It also offers a Change Management Programme headed by Tebogo Reid aimed at managing teachers, who are reluctant to adopt new technology and converting them by addressing softer concerns. At the heart of the project are people who want to see the teachers grow they make the entire experience FUN!!! 

The most inspiring moment for me was walking into a classroom, used as a study hub for grade 12 learners at the Arthur Mfebe Senior Secondary School  and seeing all the students on their tablets. This moment not only brought the project to life for me but also moved my soul. I mean, here we are in rural South Africa and these learners are beyond comfortable using their tablets in prepping for their final exam.

The success of this research project is a culmination of so many dedicated stakeholders like the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Land and Rural Development, Department of Basic Education, CSIR, SchoolNet and many others bringing life to the notion that together we can do more but more importantly, in the words of Maggie Verster: “Technology is not about the tools, it’s about people.”