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Laptop initiative presses the right buttons

The details of the teacher laptop initiative are out. The initiative, which was devised by the department of education's innovation in teaching directorate, was published on May 8 in the Government Gazette.

Social networking teens

Recently I got a peek into the world of teenage communication via social networking services and sites. Because of the hard economic times, I thought I should start using the MXit service ( to check out the super-low costs of text messaging.

Teachers going digital

Does your school's IT policy state that the institution is committed to creating learners who are proficient and comfortable users of information?

Copyright in the digital age

As a young history teacher I was guilty of hoarding my stuff. Now that I'm older I consider it a terrible waste. I remember being particularly proud of a "Middle East Conflict" worksheet that contained numerous pieces of historical evidence: political cartoons, quotes from politicians of the time, diary entries, lyrics from a Palestinian song and some photos from a feature film.

Teachers and games

I recently became an addict. Not to alcohol or smoking but to a particular console game, Bioshock. I have looked at computer games on several occasions in the past - and even bought a few for my PC - but they always failed to engage me.

Zoom in on it

Last year we looked at TeacherTube and some other teacher tools available on the web. Before we leave this topic, however, I want to introduce you to my favourite "waste of time" ... Google Earth.

Learning from the web

This month I review a number of web tools for teachers, websites made for teachers and often by teachers to help other teachers. Some offer resources, others templates to help you create lesson plans. Some allow teachers to upload materials and share them more widely.

Making the most of change

One advantage of information gleaned from the internet over that available in school resource centres or libraries is the currency of the data. Instead of using statistics from an old set of encyclopaedias you can provide your class with the latest data. Yet this very advantage can sometimes also be the internet's most frustrating characteristic.

Teaching with podcasts

MP3 players are becoming ubiquitous. Even the latest cellphones are being promoted on billboards around the country as multimedia centres that happen to have a phone attached to them. The must-have attachment is a shiny set of earphones that gives the phone the ability to provide a soundtrack to our lives.

Education resources for all

Have you ever wondered why the government doesn't just produce a generic set of teaching resources for each subject and share it with us?

From learner to blogger

Blogs, blogs, blogs! The term has been getting a lot of attention lately. Everywhere you go people try to get you to look at their blog. I must confess I loved the recent TV advert where an "internetless" person misunderstands her suitor's intentions when he asks her to take a peep at his blog. Slaps ensue.

An invaluable resource

I have read that the national department of education has revised its priorities and has moved Thutong beyound being predominantly a supplier of teaching resources.

Teen pregnancy myth busted

Popular belief about rising rates of teen pregnancy in South Africa is not supported by statistics gathered over the past two decades.

Cutting costs with e-Rate

This column has championed the use of computers and the web for quite some time now. When used correctly, internet-connected computers offer teachers and learners an enormous store of knowledge - larger than any library - and a number of tools to manipulate and use the information.

Structuring your syllabus

By the time this first edition of the Teacher is out, most readers will be battling to get the syllabus under way.

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Zuma maintains his true colours at Zondo commission

The former president’s escapades at the commission of inquiry into state capture are a far cry from Nelson Mandela’s response when summonsed to testify in the high court

Gordhan tells Zondo how Moyane wanted to advance the objectives of state capture

The public enterprises minister is being cross-examined by Tom Moyane’s lawyers at the state capture inquiry, as both men seek to defend their reputations

Shadow of eviction looms over farm dwellers

In part two of a series on the lives of farm dwellers, Tshepiso Mabula ka Ndongeni finds a community haunted by the scourge of eviction

Press Releases

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa

Huawei Cloud’s Year-End Sales Carnival

Massive discounts on hot cloud services are on offer along with special coupons and other privileges, but hurry, supplies are limited!