I have just returned from the SchoolNet South Africa 11 conference in Johannesburg – a 2.5 day event for teachers. The event was held at the impressive St John’s College, and the other international speakers were Naomi Harm from the US and John Davitt from the UK.
The weather was exceptionally cold and as central heating is not commonplace in South Africa, people were bundled up in their hats, coats and blankets. This was the view of the Main Hall at the opening of the conference.
I had the privilege of delivering the opening keynote address: Thinking differently as a learning professional – and the slideset and links to the resources I mentioned are available HERE
During the event I also ran a number of other workshops and sessions. Follow the links to the slidesets and resources used.
All in all it was a fabulous event, superbly organised by Schoolnet South Africa, with a vibrant Twitter backchannel #schoolnetsa11 organised by Maggie Verster. It was great to spend time with the fabulous Naomi, her supportive husband Jeff, and the dynamic John. Special thanks go to Gerald and Janet (from SchoolNet) for looking after us all so well. Thanks Janet too for the the loan of the socks and jumper to keep me warm!
It was wonderful to meet all the inspiring and enthusiastic teachers, many of whom have to teach in very challenging situations in South Africa; some without access to the Internet, some in schools without computers and some in schools without electricity. Despite the cold weather I will remember this event for a long time to come.