St Cyprian's School Technology News

Grade 6 Horrible Histories Project

August 1, 2014
Our Grade 6 students once again had lots of fun with the 'Horrible Histories' project based on the BBC hit. They write their own play depicting different historical events and video the end result. History really comes alive for them and they enjoy every minute!

 

K12 New Horizon Report 2014 (Part II – Mid-range trends)

August 1, 2014
Following on from Part I in this K12 New Horizon Report 2014 series, let’s look at important mid-range trends that are driving educational technology adoption in schools within three to five years.

INCREASING FOCUS ON OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OER)

Open educational resources (OER) are growing in breadth and quality, as is the use of these materials in classrooms, networks, and school communities world wide. Understanding that the term “open” is a multifaceted concept is essential to fol...

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K12 New Horizon Report 2014 (Part I – Fast Trends)

July 28, 2014
The K12 New Horizon report covers many key technology trends in education.  Last year I focused on important technology developments for schools. This year I will focus on very important key trends accelerating education technology adoption in schools. 

FAST TRENDS: Driving educational technology adoption in schools over the next one to two years

RETHINKING THE ROLES OF TEACHERS 
Teachers are increasingly expected to be adept at a variety of technology-based and other approaches for content deli...

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Across the Globe: Technology Usage in Different Classrooms (Guest post by Shane P. Russo)

May 5, 2014
They sure don’t make classrooms like they used to. Gone are the days of the traditional blackboard and lecturing. In many schools, these outdated forms of communication have been replaced with PowerPoint presentations and interactive projects. Many educators are now using computers to involve their students like never before. What once was a simple report on the life of Mozart can now include a digital audio file playing his music for the entire classroom. Education has become a multi-facet...

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Top 3 Ways Technology is Changing How Children Learn - Guest post by Shane P. Russo

April 16, 2014
The truly wonderful thing about the technology’s unyielding march is the way it carries the potential to improve all aspects of life. From health and wellness to human interaction, nothing is exempt from technology’s impact. One sector in which technology has completely changed life as we know it is education, particularly of young children.

Consider the classroom environment of today’s youth, packed with internet-ready computers, tablets, and phones with the planet’s entirety of knowl...

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Bridge to Terabithia Project

March 7, 2014
The Grade 6s have been reading 'Bridge to Terabithia', a beautiful book which explores the themes of love, escapism, friendship, loss, society and money, family, courage and transformation.

The girls were asked to think of a story, individually or in groups, which incorporates one of these themes and includes a challenge and solution.

They could use different media to execute their story. Some chose to use Storybird, an online book, while others chose to tell their story using Songsmith, a mu...

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Our vision of the 21st century learner

January 20, 2014

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The Best Art Apps To Use In The Classroom - Guest post by Vera Reed

November 6, 2013
The Best Art Apps To Use In The Classroom
 
Education has long benefited from the advances in technology from educational videos to today’s personal tablets, education has always been at the forefront of incorporating new technology into the classroom. Educational apps are created every day for all different kinds of subjects. The art apps are especially helpful to induce creativity, strengthen critical thinking, and generate a more useful classroom experience. Here are a few of the most esse...

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Grade 6 animation project

October 25, 2013


Students have to create an animation/movie that tells a story:
  • Students were divided in groups (5 – 6 per group);
  • Each group had to create a visual storyboard for their animation/movie – in MS Word using Paint for the pictures;
  • Groups had to make the characters (with clay, pipe cleaners, paper, etc.) and the backgrounds they would use;
  • They had to take a sequence of photographs, using the characters and background, that would tell the story visually;
  • Download photos and use Moviemaker to ‘an...

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Environmental Club and Social Media (by K Dallimore)

October 18, 2013
(Mrs K Dallimore is a High School Science Teacher at St Cyprian's School)  

Human Impact on the Environment is one of the core themes studied in Grade 11 Life Sciences in the new CAPS syllabus, so it was exciting to be invited by the Teaching Biology Project and the City of Cape Town to take part in a pilot study. Ten schools were elected to become involved in this project.

Each school was paired with a partner school in order to conduct an investigation/research on aspects of human impact on t...

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Flipping the High School classroom by Sarah Chapman

October 1, 2013
(Sarah Chapman is a High School Science teacher at St Cyprian's School)


Three St Cyprian's School teachers attended a Progro entitled ‘Flipping the classroom’. It was run by John Gibbon (ex-headmaster of Westerford) and his son, Jeremy Gibbon (headmaster of Pinelands High School).

What is flipping the classroom?
‘To flip’ is to turn something over. So a teacher who flips a classroom, is encouraging the students to do what would normally be done in a classroom (often theory learning) with...

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10Ticks review by Gaby (Grade 5)

August 16, 2013

I am really enjoying 10Ticks. It is such a cool program that makes Maths learning a lot easier for me and my friends. It is so clear and simple to use and I like that I don't have to search the internet for ages to find work to help me. Now it is all in one place!

Our teacher sets the work for us, based on what we are learning in class, and when we're finished we can revise and play lots of different Maths games. I like to play these with my friends, we have competitions over who can score the...

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Design your own games with Gamestar Mechanic

August 5, 2013


Our computer club, 'Destination Imagination', has recently started their own game design project. They make use of a great website called Gamestar Mechanic, which teaches the students the principles of game design by using 'quest courses'.

Their first game is called Patience is a Virtue. Enjoy the game here!



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10Ticks Maths Review by Louise Clarke

August 2, 2013
  

This week the Intermediate Phase was proud to launch, for the first time in South Africa, the 10ticks Maths programme. This unique, online programme, which was introduced to parents for the first time at our Theme Evening, empowers the girls to take ownership of their Maths learning.

Students can work on courses set by their teachers, whilst at the same time accessing a database stocked with a range of revision material, games and tutorials. All of which are set within a South African conte...
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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 - Digital Storytelling

July 31, 2013
I came across a wonderful website today - The American Association of School Librarians (http://www.ala.org).

Each year they nominate the top educational websites that "foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover."

In the Digital Storytelling category for 2013, the winners are:

Inklewriter
Are you searching for technology that will motiva...
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Important tech trends for education

July 17, 2013

We were lucky enough to attend the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in San Antonio, Texas this year. For more information on the conference itself, see 'What exactly is ISTE' by Fiona Beal, our colleague at SchoolNet.

One of highly anticipated sessions was the release of the K12 New Horizon Report 2013, which identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have an impact on education in the next five years. (Full report here)

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How technology has helped my son - Guest post by Marcela de Vivo

July 2, 2013

My son, Nathan, was diagnosed prenatally with a severe condition called holoprosencephaly (HPE), a disorder that affects brain development. His brain did not separate into two hemispheres, giving him very limited control over his body. In the past, a condition like this would've left him completely isolated and locked into his body. Fortunately, as technology has evolved, my son now has several tools to help him communicate and control his environment - even a computer device that gives him a...
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10Ticks Online Maths Resource

June 18, 2013
We are very proud to announce that we have partnered with 10Ticks (www.10ticks.co.za).



What is 10ticks?

  • 10ticks is a sustainable online Mathematics program.
  • Teachers and pupils will have access to an entire CAPs aligned course delivered online, comprising of animated explanations, tests and worksheets.
  • The system provides online and offline access to over 3,500 world class resources.
Why 10ticks?
  • We want to make Mathematics education more interactive, engaging and personal.
  • We have been listening ...

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BYOD apps for Afrikaans

May 20, 2013
Teachers in South Africa often comment that there are no apps available for specific languages, for example Afrikaans. However, one does not need to be limited by this, as there are many other apps that can be applied to do the job just as well.

In this BYOD example, Grade 5 students are using Puppetpals 2 and Toontastic to create Afrikaans cartoons. These great apps have been used by both the Preparatory and High School to teach languages, as students are able to visualise and hear their stor...
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Afrikaans blog project (by Insaaf Levy - Gr 6KJ Class Captain)

May 20, 2013
We really enjoyed this project because we got to watch an Afrikaans movie (Hoofmeisie), in class, that was very funny. It had many jokes that made the class laugh. It also had two scenes that made the Grade 6s sigh and gasp! The actual project that the class had to do was a little bit challenging because we had to write a review in Afrikaans about this movie and then blog about it. Our class really enjoyed this part, we loved looking at each other’s blogs, commenting, reading comments that ...
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