Category Archives: Training

SA Final Dates – MOS & Adobe Competitions

‪#‎MIEExpert15‬, ‪#‎msftedu‬ #Certiport Afford your students the opportunity of a lifetime – come on South Africa, enter your students now to win a spot to compete for SA at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship and the Adobe Certified Associate World Championship

Please sign up your shining stars!

Microsoft Office Specialist [Word or Excel or PowerPoint 2010 or 2013] visit

Note that a student can enter one or two or all of the applications should they wish to do so.

For Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, please visit

There is no extra load on the teacher – I will help you SUCCEED!

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Microsoft Office Championships 2015

NetLEARNMOSNewsletter is proud to once again 
announce the 2015 MOS Worldwide
Championships which will be 
held in Dallas, Texas USA. 
We would like to put SA on the 
map again and appeal to You, to 
put forward  “Your Shining Stars” 
aged 13 – 22 years) and 
join the Winners! 
  • Schools, FET Colleges, and Corporate Training companies can register NOW as a Certiport Centre with NetLEARN – it’s FREE!
  • Purchase your MOS Exams and Books from NetLEARN
  • Students need to qualify in either Word or Excel or PowerPoint 2010 / 2013
  • We also offer Tips and additional resources to IT Teachers, helping you make your lesson planning easier.
  • Competition preparation workshops and student support is provided for free!


Round Up of 2014 Certiport GPS and 2015 Promo Video Experience the hype of a lifetime!

Below you will find more information about the MOS Program and the benefits.
Feel free to contact me on for more information or CLICK HERE TO ENTER the competition TODAY.

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Program

Jobs today require employees to have a blended mix of both business and technical skills that allow them to easily understand and execute on business objectives. Employers are looking for qualified and certified candidates that can fulfill this need.

The Microsoft Office Specialist certification validates these real world skills and prepares students for success in any work environment. By obtaining a MOS certification you hold an industry related credential that validates your qualifications and increases your opportunity to secure a better paying job.

You’ll have the opportunity to stand out above the crowd and prove you’re the right person for the position.

Microsoft Office Specialist Exam

The MOS certification enables you to tap the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office System, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access, resulting in heightened levels of individual performance, confidence, and differentiation.


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Netlearn awards Student @ Elkanah

One of my MOS students [seen below] received a gift from Netlearn Update cc this morning. The gift was handed over by Jenny Cole, CEO of Netlearn who flew down to Cape Town especially for the award. Claire was one of the South African Semi-Finalists in the recent Microsoft Office Specialist Championships held at Elkanah House. She received the acknowledgement of achievement for being top in South Africa for the Microsoft Word 2010 category.  I look forward to working with her in preparation for the 2015 competition. Well done, Claire!











In addition…well done to the two Parklands College students who were also awarded with gifts this morning for securing second and third places in the South African Semi-Finals [Adobe Certified Associate Photoshop Championships]

An update on the Disneyland experience will follow this post.


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What you missed | TeachMeet @ Elkanah

It is a busy time of term, preparing, setting and marking exam papers, as well as invigilation…but also a perfect time to relax, collaborate, and rejuvenate with teachers from different backgrounds over a cup of coffee and some scones. .  sound inviting…?

So, you missed the Elkanah House TeachMeet!  But not to fear, the next meet will be held on the 30th August 2014 from 10h00 till 12h00.

After a quick roam around the popular Elkanah House Schoolyard Market, one could find oneself at the Library Media Center meeting new [and no so new faces] for a morning of catch up and integration chatter!  You do not have to own a particular device, nor teach a certain grade or even be a teacher…just an interest in the use of ICT as a tool in education. You do not even have to stay for the entire duration – pop in an see what it is all about – it’s free!

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At the meet last Saturday we were introduced to the following tools and resources:

Michele Botha from Somerset House started off the session with an introduction to Kahoot.  Kahoot is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy.  Michele visited her Kahoot at   She asked the audience to use their devices [ipad, phone, tablet] to navigate to  Once we all visited this page using a browser, we were asked to enter a Game pin.  Michele provided us with the game pin which we typed into the text area provided and entered our name.  Michele then started her game for us all to interact with. It was so much fun, and we all learnt a thing or two from the general knowledge questions she through at us! After each question, we could see our scores on the screen and challenged each other to win the next question.
To sign up or sign in to Kahoot, please visit

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Karen Stadler from Elkanah House Senior Primary spoke to us about her iTunesU iPad course called “Getting to know your iPad” for teachers.  One would need to download the iTunesU app from the App Store so that one can access a course, once created. To access information about iTunesU, visit this link


Karen recommends iTunesU as a method of PD for teachers. In a nutshell, she created a course to prepare our teachers for the 1:1 iPad roll out in July. There are 6 Modules covering General iPad Use, The iWork Apps, Apps for Teaching, Digital Citizenship, 1:1 teaching and Models for Understanding Technology Integration. The teachers watch videos, complete tasks with the specified apps, upload to Google Drive when completed and then fill in a reflection sheet for each module. They are currently busy with the Digital Citizenship module which requires them to do the Common Sense Media Digital Passport as if they were students, so they gain a better understanding of what Digital Citizenship is and what this programme teaches the students. Combined with hands-on sessions, an iTunesU course is a very effective way of covering the PD needs of time-constrained teachers.

In addition to the above chat about iTunesU, Karen spoke briefly about her Travelling Rhinos Project.  The link to the rhino wiki is All the information is on the wiki.  Karen Stadler is the recipient of this year’s ISTE’s SIGOL Online Learning Award.  She will be sponsored to ISTE where she will be given recognition in front of 20,000 attendees along with other ISTE Award winners. Well done, Karen!


Fiona Beal from SchoolNet SA introduced different Digital Story Telling applications that she had recently enjoyed using such as, PowToon , Google Story Builder, StoryboardThatQuozio [Make Beautiful Quotes], the Bitstrips app, Pinterest, and last but not least, the African Storybook Project .

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Fiona also introduced us to the Microsoft Educator Network. See below slide presentation of all the tools and resources one can benefit from:

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Liz Broad and Linda Foulkes chatted about the use of Knowmia and the Knowmia Teach app, specifically with regard to the project which Liz had completed with the Grade 7 classes on Fractions.  See previous post about Knowmia for more information.

In addition to lots of stunning, informative presentations in a very relaxed atmosphere there is also a chance for participants to win a spot prize or too. If you sign up as a Keen Bean [that is, the willingness to share something for 3 minutes]  you will be rewarded with some Keen Beans 😉

We look forward to welcoming you at the next meet! Sign up HERE










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Posted by on Monday, June 9, 2014 in BYOD, Microsoft, Presenting, TeachMeet, Training


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Knowmia | Lesson and Assignment Tool

The past few weeks I have done a huge amount of evaluating apps and websites in order to create “flipped” lessons for ones classroom.  I created this video lesson using Knowmia Teach. This app is available as download from iTunes.  The screenshot you see below is taken from the iPad App whilst I was creating the video using Knowmia Teach.  Knowmia Teach can be used by the teacher or student to create and deliver lessons.  It is possible to import all types of media as well as draw on the screen whilst presenting.

Once complete, the video lesson is published to the Knowmia website as a lesson. One can also export the lesson to your iPad or download the lesson from the Knowmia website as an mp4.  One thing I have learnt the hard way, when working with Knowmia Teach, is that if you need to edit a recorded lesson by adding slides and do not assign any recording, the lesson will not publish. So if you are going to experiment, make sure that you record on any edited slides even if no sound is produced. It pays to plan your video beforehand and not have to edit adding slides afterwards!

Once the lesson is created, one adds the lesson to an assignment. Add some assessment questions and any supporting class notes or files and share to your students. The “beta” reporting function Knowmia is outstanding and is all a teacher could wish for in order to keep track of student engagement either in real-time or after completing of a homework task. This is a great tool to use for tutorial lessons.


I used the app to create [in haste] a short video for staff at our school as an Induction session showing how to add their Webmail signature. Here is the completed video which I published from Knowmia Teach.

I am hoping to replace our traditional pdf HowTo handouts with a more visual mode of training. So experimenting with lots of different tools with the ability to assess students and staff by multiple choice and short answer question types with reporting.

Knowmia is certainly one of the best tools I have ever come across for flipping lessons using video and assignments.

I decided to do a comparison of all the tools I could find which teachers and students could use for the creation of lessons and assignments using video, pictures, polls, and self marking. I tested all of the tools on each of the following: iPad, Android Tablet [Samsung Galaxy Note], Windows laptop and a MAC. Whilst comparing I jotted down some key points about each of the tools. The list [shown below] will be updated as functionality is added by the various creators [we all know the rate at which these tools develop is phenomenal]. In addition, I’m sure I have left off many – let me know by way of commenting should you feel a specific tool should be mentioned.

OneNote was also used to create a resource expanda file for my BYOD program at school which contains all these tools as well as subject related resources and so on. Should you wish to have a copy, please contact me and I will dropbox it to you.

I would very much like some feedback if you have used any of the tools on my list, which is available below:




On Thursday, 20th February, I presented a webinar for SchoolNet on Knowmia and Knowmia Teach. The webinar recording link is below should you wish to listen to and watch the presentation.

Click HERE to find out exactly what Knowmia and Knowmia Teach have to offer.

My Knowmia Webinar slideshow is below:

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Posted by on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in BYOD, iPAD, Presenting, Students, TeachMeet, Training


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Microsoft Office / Adobe Worldwide Championships 2014

Preparations are underway for the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist Championship! I am so excited as we start to receive correspondence about the competition from the most amazing 2013 Sponsor / Organizer and Certiport Partner, NETLEARN UPDATE CC. Looking forward to another rewarding and successful experience this year with Netlearn.  For more information and video footage, visit the Netlearn Website or contact me :


We are also just as excited to be participating in the Adobe Worldwide Championship this year! A new experience but we will give it our all….for more information, or to participate, please see Netlearn Update CC marketing material below:



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Collaboration continues at yet another TeachMeet


Even though this time of the year is extremely busy for most, it was well attended.  Thank you so much to all who made the effort to join the event – I am sure that you all will agree that the meet was definitely worth attending – even if on a Saturday! This event was filled with inspiring moments, great presentations and sharing tools which would definitely transform teaching and flipping learning, making the classroom an exciting experience for students and teachers!

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#elkteachmeet – The tweet summary compiled by @fbeal can be viewed here – lots of great links to explore.

In addition to the signed up Keen Beans and Enthusiastic Lurkers, Dr Pam Milller, as well as Tim Keller surprised us by attending! Both of whom turned into instant ‘Keen Beans” without much coercing!

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The before meet welcomes and discussions are a buzz, catching up with friends one does not get to see often but with whom one interacts regularly online, as well as meeting those attending the meet for the first time.


We enjoyed lemon meringue tartlets, biscuits, juice and tea/coffee whilst waiting for the meet to begin.

After welcoming everyone to the meet, sharing the TeachMeet WiFi credentials with the audience and passing around the “spot prize” bucket [so that each attendee could pick a number]…

We kicked off with our first Keen Bean, Karen Stadler [well known as @ICT_Integrator on twitter and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House Senior Primary] who shared her knowledge of Tellagami. What a wonderful tool allowing one to create and share quick animated Gami videos. Tellagami is a mobile [available on the Google Play Store and the iPad App Store]. Check out her “App Smashing with Tellagami” presentation here with loads of links.

Nelia Henry, a Grade 5 Educator from Edgemead Primary could not attend the event but sent through her presentation on “Flipping the classroom using video – the simple circuit” to share with others after the meet. Her video is called Simple Circuit Intro.avi and the blurb is here

Carolynn Bruton, our second Keen Bean, presented on The Vault App [a solution for saving passwords and other important data]. Carolynn is self-employed and runs her own IT Company from home, called IT at Home

Alan Goldberg, who is the Education Director at Digicape, chose to share the topic “Converting Wikipeda Pages into iBook Creator” – if you are interested learning how to do this, I found a link to a how to…from Richard Edwards…here is his website link.

Fiona Beal [Technology Integration Facilitator at SchoolNet] contributed twice at the TeachMeet. Her first presentation was on Symbaloo – a great bookmarking tool. We were shown how to add webmixes, how to create your own webmix and showing posts on your blog. Her presentation is located here.  Having Fun with PowerPoint was her second presentation – see how.

Michele Botha from Somerset House {Director ICT Integration: Teaching and Learning] took us through the benefits of using Edmodo for Communication, an On-line library, integration with Google Drive, as well as E-submission and E-assessment in her BYOD programme. View her slides here.

Michele’s second presentation, Fiddlesticks, Fladerols, and Flubaroo, was delivered at the recent Google Summit earlier this year. This presentation concentrated on what Google Forms can do for you, how to create a form, form choices, sharing options and the Flubaroo process.

Tim Keller presented on HopScotch, the iPad programming language app. This app is extremely easy to navigate, has a clean interface and . HopScotch is downloadable at the App Store. For creative ways teachers are using Hopscotch in the classroom…visit

Dr Pam Miller [@docpammiller], demonstrated the use of ThingLink ThingLink helps one create and discover rich images and with music, video, text, images, shops and more.  Pam also introduced us to a wonderful course ‘Digital tools for the k12 educator’ at 

Linda Foulkes, who hosted the event, is the MOS [Microsoft Office Specialist] Trainer and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House High School. She presented on two great tools to flip the learning experience, namely and Both tools allow one to flip videos adding discussions, multiple choice and open ended questions, as well as links to additional resources and information. Here is a video explanation of how to use EdPuzzle as well as a demo of the site.

Thank you so much to all who attended making another TeachMeet a success! Please spread the word and encourage others to attend. For more information, suggestions or anything you wish to share with others, tweet #elkteachmeet or contact me using the QR code below:



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