Monday, August 1, 2011

Simone Abbott


Topic: Social media in the classroom

Simone is a passionate Visual Art primary school teacher, who has taught children for 5 years and has a big heart for them.  She is always looking for new projects to try with her students, finding her inspiration while shopping, reading and surfing the net for new ideas. 

Simone's growing desire for using the internet as a tool in her classes started when the need for a better filing and recording system became a necessity.  A blog became the answer and has been running ever since - http://monniart.wordpress.com/

 

Elmarie Meyer


Topic: Panel: Social meia in the classroom
Elmarie is a Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy teacher who has been at Elkanah House since 2009. She has a M.Ed. from the University of Stellenbosch, specialising in Remedial Mathematics.  She likes to experiment with alternative teaching strategies, which includes the use of technology.

Elmarie recently authored her first study guide for Grade 12 Mathematical Literacy and is also the regional moderator for this subject.

Nicole Masureik


Twitter: @nimming
Topic: PANEL 2 – SOCIAL MEDIA IN EDUCATION

Nicole went to RGHS, and studied a BSc, followed by an HDE, at UCT, during which time she got married. After graduating, she taught at Bergvliet High for a year before heading overseas for nearly 7.5 years. While overseas, Nicole taught in inner-city London, worked for her church, and had two daughters. Her second daughter was stillborn, so she and her husband returned to SA and started a support group for parents who have suffered a stillbirth, miscarriage or neo-natal death, called Born Sleeping (bornsleeping.wordpress.com). They later went on to have a little boy.

Nicole is currently teaching at Pinelands High, where she is also the IT Education Manager. Nicole loves all sorts of techy, gadgety things, and is a social media junkie. She blogs and tweets as much possible. When she has the opportunity to relax, Nicole loves to read, spend time with her humungous family clan, or do a spot of ballroom dancing.

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Liz Broad

PANEL 1 – ICT TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM

Topic: If I can do it, anyone can… from overhead projector to Smartboard.

Liz is a Grade 7 teacher at Elkanah House High School.  She matriculated from Milnerton High School and studied B.Prim. Ed at Stellenbosch University. Liz taught Grade 5 for four years at Edgemead Primary, after which she took a break from teaching to get married, travelled overseas and start a family.  She has two children, Jessica and Justin.
In 2006 she was contacted by Elkanah House to come and help them out in a Grade 7 post for 6 months … and she is still here 5 years later! Liz says she was very surprised to be asked to be a part of the EdTechConf and so she has called her presentation: “If I can do it, anyone can… from overhead projector to Smartboard.” 

Lisa Gair

Topic: Innovative teachers panel

Lisa is an ICT teacher at The Rock Academy Primary in Sun Valley.  She is passionate about family, friends, her faith, travelling and live theatre! In terms of work she is passionate about seeing technology being integrated into the classroom. Lisa has always communicated with class teachers, attempting to incorporate the class curriculum into ICT, rather than ICT being an island doing their ‘own thing’.  The staff where she teaches has caught her enthusiasm and there have been significant changes already in the way that they are approaching their teaching.

Lisa enjoys the following quote:  “If you find a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.”    

Siobhan Louw

Workshop presenter
Twitter: @siobhanlouw

Topic: Google Apps in Education

Siobhan is a new-comer to the tech teaching scene. She qualified as a journalist and English teacher, but her keen interest in technology landed her a job as an ICT teacher at Somerset House in January this year. Technology plays a huge part of both her personal and professional life, and its benefits are far-reaching in virtually everything she does - from her interactive sports watch, to her android smart phone that connects her to the world; from my skydiving computer that logs her crazy hobby progression to her MacBook that doubles up as her TV set.  Siobhan loves technology and says she lives better for it! In her spare time Siobhan is crazy about the outdoors; she runs, cycles, hikes and loves nature.  Siobhan is also a keen reader.


Wessel Theron

Topic: Innovative teachers panel

Wessel is 26 an Afrikaans teacher at Bishops Diocesan College.  He completed his BA Humanities degree and PGCE through the University of Stellenbosch and a Theology degree through the Satellite campus of the University of North-West.  He is married and lives in Durbanville. Wessel is one of the five winners of the Microsoft Innovative Teachers forum.  His project entailed his Grade 8s to work in pairs and create music videos by matching proper images to the lyrics of a song or translating a song and singing it themselves.  This was a perfect opportunity to improve vocabulary, comprehension, visual literacy and be entertained while learning.  His aim was to bring Afrikaans into their technologically driven worlds


Shanna Vermaas

Topic: ICT tools for the classroom

Shanna is currently in her 3rd year of teaching at Elkanah House. She a Grade 7 tutor-teacher, but also teaches across Grades 7, 8 and 9. Her main learning areas are English, Social Sciences and Life Orientation. She loves to run, spend time with family and friends and, when she gets the chance, she loves to read. Shanna has two beautiful dogs: Quira, a German Shepherd, and Koda, a Shiba Inu.

Shanna is really passionate about life and believes that every day brings both challenges and joy. The quote that she lives by says it all: Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.”


 


Warren Sparrow

Twiter:  @wsparrowsa
Topic: Innovative teachers panel
Warren Sparrow is currently Head of Information Technology at Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School.  Over the last few years he has won numerous national and international awards.  Some of these include: Winner of the South African and PAN African Microsoft Innovative Teacher of the year, as well as a finalist for World Microsoft Innovative Teacher during 2010.   He also completed his Adobe Youth Voices Training and attended the Annual conference in Taiwan earlier this year for the work that he produced with the learners.  This was the first time that a South African video had been shown at this event.  During February of this year he came second in the National Partners in Learning Multimedia Competition.  During Education Week in July 2011 he was awarded first prize for the 21st Century Project of the year for the most innovative use of technology to enhance learning in schools.  Warren also won the National Teaching Awards for his cluster during August 2011.  This year Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School has been invited as a Microsoft School, the third school to be invited from South Africa, which Warren has managed. 

Kim Jackson and & Louise Clarke

Topic: Innovative Teachers' Panel
This is both Kim and Louise’s first year of teaching at St. Cyprian’s School and they are enjoying every minute of it! Louise came from the UK late last year; Kim is a Capetonian. Both have been teaching for a number of years.  Kim attended a workshop in the first term on Thinking Skills. It was a conference where teachers shared their innovative ideas. It was there, that we were introduced to the book, ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’. Kim and Louise decided to combine this ‘class reader’ with IT and entered the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Competition. Louise presented the project to a panel of judges at the Intel ICT in the Classroom Conference in July and the pair was chosen to compete in the Africa and Middle East semi-finals in Jordan in September, where they were chosen for the finals in Washington which will take place in November.


Lisa Gair

Topic: Innovative teachers' panel
Lisa is an ICT teacher at The Rock Academy Primary in Sun Valley.  She is passionate about family, friends, her faith, travelling and live theatre! In terms of work she is passionate about seeing technology being integrated into the classroom. Lisa has always communicated with class teachers, attempting to incorporate the class curriculum into ICT, rather than ICT being an island doing their ‘own thing’.  The staff where she teaches has caught her enthusiasm and there have been significant changes already in the way that they are approaching their teaching.

Lisa enjoys the following quote:  “If you find a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.”   
 

Juanita Oosthuizen


Workshop presenter
Juanita Oosthuizen
Twitter: @juanita_o
 Blog: http://technoboffins.wordpress.com
Topic: Littlebirdtales and Other JP Projects
 
Juanita is an IT Curriculum Co-ordinator at the Elkanah House Junior Schools in Cape Town.  After studying at Stellenbosch University, marrying Prince Charming and travelling abroad, she joined the Elkanah House team as a Grade 5 teacher.  For the past three years she has been co-ordinating the integration of the Grade1-3 curriculum with IT.  She runs two bustling, creative junior IT labs where the computer is taking its rightful place next to the old faithful pencil and eraser.  Her blog can be found at http://technoboffins.wordpress.com.   Juanita’s EdTechConf workshop aims to share useful tools and ideas that have been tried and tested.  Too little to work the computer at JP level and doing more than playing games?  No way!
 
 
 


Melany Liebich


Workshop presenter
Melany Liebich
Topic: Adobe Photoshop & Indesign
 
Melany teaches Design and Technology at Elkanah House. Melany says, “The world around us is ever changing and each one of us is responsible to learn to use the tools that are around us to improve, create and enhance it. In class we explore the Adobe software. The Grade 9s have fun with Illustrator, Photoshop and Flash, while in Design we get to work from our own drawings into Indesign, sometimes via Photoshop or Illustrator.”

Alan Goldberg

Workshop presenter
Alan Goldberg
Topic: ePub Creations & Using the iLife Suite in Education
 
Alan grew up in Johannesburg, left South Africa as a teenager and spent the first 20 years of his working life as a lighting and stage set designer in the Rock & Roll business.  A career change enabled him to embrace his other love, Macintosh computers, starting out as a trainer for SAMS Apple Centres in the UK - the largest Apple dealership in the UK at the time, graduating to country Technical Support Manager. After the democratic elections in South Africa he returned to the land of his youth and set up Project 3, South Africa's first official Apple Centre. Project 3 merged with Digicape in 2010, creating the country's strongest independent Apple channel.  Alan has been using Macs since 1984 and has years of experience in most areas where the Macintosh touches. For the past 6 years he has been working closely with the educational sector putting Macs into schools and working closely with those schools to help realise the potential that new technology affords in enthralling the 21st century learner.