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Bridge to Terabithia Project

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, March 7, 2014, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
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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The Best Art Apps To Use In The Classroom - Guest post by Vera Reed

Posted by Wernad Adams on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
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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10Ticks review by Gaby (Grade 5)

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, August 16, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

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

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, August 5, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

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

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, August 2, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

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

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
I came across a wonderful website today - The American Association of School Librarians (

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:

Are you searching for technology that will motiva...
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10Ticks Online Maths Resource

Posted by Nina Adams on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
We are very proud to announce that we have partnered with 10Ticks (

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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Guest post by Reese Jones: Top Educational Apps to Develop Kid's Psychological Abilities

Posted by Nina Adams on Thursday, April 4, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
Based on a study, nearly half of the first-time mobile users in the United States are not even in school yet. In fact, 49 percent of children ages 0 to 4 are, in someway, exposed to an iPad and iPod. Some parents even use these devices as a means of distracting their kids, in order to keep them seated quietly in one place.
In this article, we will present the best educational and fun game apps for kids that will develop their psychological abilities and create a memorable digital play day.
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Using the XBox Kinect for Maths

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

Students were asked to design a Maths lesson around the Kinect Sports module.  For example, they had to measure average distances or times for athletics events and teach concepts such as distance, height etc.  Besides the Maths concepts they needed to apply, there was also the added advantage of physical activity and lots of fun! For more information on lesson plans for Xbox Kinect, click here.

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Guest post by Anna Stanley: 3 Ways to Use Free Online PDF Converter in the Classroom

Posted by Anna Stanley on Thursday, February 28, 2013, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
Good, responsible teachers are always on the lookout for innovative, fun ways to motivate their students to learn. Students’ active participation in class activities, rather than passive reception of teachers’ lectures, proved to be a much more effective teaching method.

Fortunately, today we have a real treasure on Internet when it comes to teaching strategies, ideas and tools. As well as many great and dedicated teachers! A lot of these web teaching tools are free, which makes it easier...
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Using cellular phones for Mathematics

Posted by Nina Adams on Thursday, September 13, 2012, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

Our High School Mathematics teacher, Mrs du Toit, explains how she uses cell phones to assist with teaching and learning in the classroom:

“The programme that I use allows students free access to information via cellphones. These resources include text books, practice exercises and multi-media content, for e.g. YouTube videos explaining specific Mathematical concepts. The students are also enrolled in an additional programme called Intelligent Practice.

Exercises allow graded repetition o...
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'Techno Maths' Lesson - Fractions

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, August 3, 2012, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

Mrs Clare Rowe says: “Both Grade 5 classes had a whale of a time playing fraction games on their phones, iPads and laptops during a Friday Maths lesson. The girls had downloaded the games the night before so that were ready to roll the next morning. They teamed up in pairs and gave the following games a good go: Fraction Drills, Fraction Kitchen, Pizza Fractions and iTooch Math Grade 5 Lite. Of course, they are already asking their teachers when they can have another lesson like this!”


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Grade 10 English - Blog Assignment

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, April 13, 2012, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
I previously wrote an article about how our Grade 10 girls make use of 'book blogs' instead of 'book logs' as part of their reading projects.  In 2011 the girls developed blogs on our school intranet, but this year we decided to take their blogs public with Edublogs, an educational blog site.

Grade 10 English teachers Debbie Smith and Lisa Abrahams believe that “the reading process is as much about the reader as the writer”. The reading project that they set up involved groups of three stu...
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Skype chats with scientists by Ms N Wallace

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

Marguerite kindly agreed to speak with the St Cyprian’s School Grade 7 class on Monday. They were asking questions related to her career as a nature conservationist. Questions ranged from who encouraged her to pursue this career to what would she change about her job. The girls are taking part in a series of conversations with scientists via Skype to encourage them to consider a career in the sciences.

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Why we love interactive whiteboards: By Taylor Kennedy & Nicole Oosthuisen (Gr 4)

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, October 31, 2011, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

This year the Preparatory School was lucky enough to have Mimios installed in our classrooms. We’re going to tell you about how having Mimios or SMART boards in our classrooms have made a difference to our lessons.

Our lessons are much more fun and engaging than they used to be because the whole class can interact with the board and really get involved in the lessons. We get to play games such as Mouse Mischief, which makes learning and revising topics much more enjoyable. We have used M...
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Mimio Exhibition Day

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, September 2, 2011, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
The Preparatory School hosted a Mimio Exhibition Day this morning to showcase the recently installed interactive whiteboards. Parents had the opportunity to sit in on a lesson to see the technology in action. Many thanks go to our parent body for raising funds to purchase these devices. The girls really enjoy every minute!

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3D Modelling with Google Sketchup

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
See how students use Google Sketchup and Google Earth to design 3D buildings.

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Promising young programmers... and they're only in Grade 5!

Posted by Nina Adams on Thursday, June 30, 2011, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
You would be forgiven for thinking that I probably made a typing error in the title of this post. How could Grade 5 students possibly be programming? They're just too young! Or so we thought. Our ICT teacher, Ms Cornelius, decided to give it a try anyway after she read about a free software tool called Scratch.

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy for young children to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and to share their creations on t...
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Creating online posters with Glogster

Posted by Nina Adams on Thursday, June 30, 2011, In : Classroom Tech Tools 

Our Science teacher, Ms Wallace, recently came across a useful site called Glogster which allows you to create posters online. She says:

"As we are trying to make our projects more innovative (and environmentally friendly), it is a space where you create a poster which can have song or animation.  You can then download them or vote for the best online. There are lots of examples there as well. (And just won’t have to carry those A1 posters home!)"

International student collaborati...
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Using Mouse Mischief in the classroom

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, In : Classroom Tech Tools 
We recently piloted a free software tool called Microsoft Mouse Mischief. Mouse Mischief integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, enabling teachers to insert multiple choice questions, polls, and drawing activity slides into their lessons. Students can actively participate in these lessons by using their own mice to click, circle, cross out or draw answers on the screen.

  • Mouse Mischief improves student engagement during lessons.
  • Teachers have reported that it is very use...

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