GWF Week in Edu-Tweets #7

1. From Mpho Lebyane, a GWF Media Intern who sneaked into Marcia Pungulimwe’s ICDL class. Mpho said it reminded her of when she too was a student in that very same class a few years ago. Marcia is an ICDL facilitator at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus.

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2. From GWF CEO Kate Groch who went to the USA to visit various universities including Stanford university for a strategic meeting on a way forward with digital education.

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3. From GWF CEO Kate Groch who is beyond excited for the change that rural education is about to take on in Mpumalanga. Robotics together with coding will be introduced as part of Open Learning in 2016. These robots can be programed by the kids themselves and will be an incredible addition and help, in improving rural education.

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4. From GWF, it exciting news to announce that another school has started with digital education in the Philippolis campus. Ponding tse rolo Primary School is the second school to join Open Learning in the small town of Philippolis. The grade four learners now have access to play and learn on gamification apps that have been downloaded onto the tablets. Maths and English will now be learnt in a new an exciting way for these kids!

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5. From Media Intern, Mpho Lebyane. It is almost the end of the year and for some Hazyview Digital Learning Campus students, that means graduation is around the corner. But first, they have to make sure that they pass the hospitality practical exam with Witness Mnisi who coordinates the tests. More than 250 students have done and passed this practical and feel confident about joining the hospitality industry.

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6. From GWF CEO Kate Groch. This weekend, Kate is in Florida (USA) lending her voice to a beautiful story that begins with Leanna Knopik, a young lady who is no longer with us. Her vision is lived through the All Heart fund which was set up by her family to help empower education in rural Africa.

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7. From Crispen Bvumbghe, who is at the forefront of the Open Learning Academy. This week, the team launched phase two of Open Learning in two schools in one day, and  the launch was a success. All the learners were in very high anticipation and excitement for next year, and were thrilled to be doing maths and English as well as conservation literacy on tablets once again. They were even more excited when Crispen announced that there will be new aspects of Open Learning next year including robotics and Lego.

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8. From Crispen Bvumbghe, who says he has proved that the tablet is the ultimate weapon against noise and lack of attention in children in a class room- “even if its 60 children in one class room, if you open a tablet and put a fun math app on, they will definitely stop all the other things and focus.”

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9. From Media Intern Mpho Lebyane, who has been facilitating Open Learning with Jess and Simon who came to GWF as volunteers for a week. They have been through lessons in the barn, played indigenous games on the field and experienced the launch of Open Learning phase two in just four days. Jess is a teacher by profession who was amazed to see how digital education changed everything for kids who saw a computer for the first time when they set foot into the ‘wonder-filled’ space in GWF.

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10. From Byron Ross, the head of Conservation Academy at GWF. Byron has been taking grade four learners into the Kruger Park for physical engagement with nature. His ultimate goal is to ensure that this kids grow up with an emotional connection to this natural heritage sight, which in turn they will do anything to protect it and everything that is in it.

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Compiled by GWF Media Academy.

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