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TeachMeet – 8 June – Photos

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Posted by on Monday, June 10, 2013 in TeachMeet


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Presenters @ TeachMeet were awesome!


We had  a wonderful turnout at the TeachMeet @ Elkanah House on Saturday, 8th June!  Out of all the attendees we had 13 presentations lined up for the morning.

It is absolutely great to see so many teachers share and who are willing to collaborate with others. It was a very fruitful morning for all concerned as we definitely learnt a lot from each and every presentation given.

Here is a link to the shared Google drive folder where all the presentations are available:

Each presenter received a bag of jelly beans for agreeing to sign up as a Keen Bean. There were spot prizes handed out at intervals throughout the presentation. Every member of the audience received a number at the start of the meet and winners were generated by using the online fruit machine located on  Follow: #elkteachmeet or @folklind


Throughout the meet the TeachMeet WIFI hotspot was available for those who wished to use devices to connect to the internet. Thank you to Stephan Botha, our amazing IT Network Manager.

The presentations were excellent….so well prepared…so full of passion and engagement from teachers who are owning the use of technology in the classroom – children are very privileged to be engaged by these teachers in the classroom in this way!

Kidblog presentation

Juanita Oosthuizen opened the event by chatting to the audience about
the KidBlog blogging tool. Kidblog is a fabulous tool to get your class to
create and collaborate.  It is safe and simple to use, which makes it perfect
for younger learners to introduce them to social media.  It would also be great
for older grades to blog in a distraction-free zone.  Learn how to set up and
run a blog for your class and explore some of the possibilities around the uses
of Kidblog. Used avatar maker [illustmaker for blog]. Available as iPad app!

Gilmour Gordon had the TeachMeet audience in hysterics as he demonstrated a Grade 7 music activity by actually doing an ab workout. Gilmour’s students had to use movie maker, or imovie to create an ab workout video to 3 pieces of music. Audacity was used to edit tracks using fade in, delete, edit and export functions.

Jane Mackenzie-Hoskyn delivered the presentation called “ZOOM TO THE ORSAY”. An alternative and engaging way to stir some interest in learners prior to starting an Art theory lesson. Jane took us on a virtual tour of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Walk into the museum and travel, select artwork to view and analyse collaboratively. Technology used:  MacBook (laptop) and iPad (tablet), projector, white board, Edmodo for delivery / receipt of work, Reflector, Splashtop for control of laptop to iPad, Google Art Gallery, Google forms, e-mail. This content can also be applied to HSS, Geography and History, using Google Earth instead of Google Art Galleries .

Kevin Sherman – Took us on a trip to the moon and earth using Google Earth. Kevin also introduced us to ue layers in Google Earth to view 360 cities and panoramio. He took us on an underwater virtual tour which he used as an English lesson in order to get kids to describe the look and feel of what they experienced. Followed path of a Sea Turtle and Ray virtually underwater to enrich the classroom experience in many learning areas. Kevin also displayed how this tool could be used for Maths to measure distance between two points on the ground. One can also track elevations! can also be used.

Emmie Barkhuizen and Noelle Cowling – Emmie and Noelle discussed Longacres Primary iPad Project
the introduction of their iPad project at Longacres Primary. Early challenges
such as iTunes, technical issues and working with teachers. Working
with teachers well in advance before introducing into the classrom and
getting them to attend some TeachMeet events is a must. Pinterest boards
a great way to get teachers to upload content. They used Apple TV for sharing reading of stories in the classroom, thereafter children used own iPad to listen and then read using earphones. Book creator was used as a Mothers Day project whereby children used video, music, personal voice notes [messages to mom], effects and explained the environment around them [farm animals etc.]

Michele Botha – explained the progress of the BYOD program at BYOD
Somerset House. After six months they surveyed the parents, children and
teachers. Interesting how children lead the way in terms of selecting the right
device for a particular task. Cell phones definitely faded out. Another interesting
point was that the children controlled other children by “telling on” if they were
accessing something they were not supposed to. Michele also put together the
OneStopShopping presentation which addressed the website and
other very valuable resources for teaching.
OneStopShopping Michele

Alan Goldberg – introduced Showbie for the iPad for easy collaboration between students and teachers.Do need internet infrastructure as cloud based service – one creates class and shares codes with students for access. Showbie creates a shared collaboration folder as read-only. One can collaborate using text notes, voice notes, pdf, camera and the Pages app to name a few. Alan then introduced Grafio, add audio and content to shapes and link them. It is a unique canvas tool that uses the iPad capabilities to allow you to experience freehand drawing. It has shape recognition so redraws shapes if you freehand draw them and connects and allows one to move entire drawing with connected lines. Great flowchart app.


Carolynn Bruton – runs her own business called IT@Home. She shared a
huge range of mindmapping tools one can use in the classroom and went through the pro’s and con’s of each and which she preferred to use. Website Carolynn used are and Tool must have dropbox integration and be able to share and export.

Fiona Beal – encouraged us to use Learnist which essentially acts as a Create a Learnist Board
visual repository of all your favourite  articles, videos, ebooks, maps,
surveys, blogs, podcasts, and images. Users create boards based on
their interests and curate content around a chosen theme.
Fiona also prepared a presentation on the African Storybook Project.
Click the presentation below to view the slideshow and others above.


What a fabulous morning! Thank you to all those who attended – will let you know shortly when the next meet will be!

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Posted by on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in iPadMeet, Students, TeachMeet


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TeachMeet@Elkanah is happening!

TeachMeet@Elkanah is happening!

Cultivate with us @ TeachMeets

Sign up for our TeachMeet happening on 8th JUNE 2013 from 09h00 to 11h00.  Follow the event on twitter: #elkteachmeet

Visit to participate or via our facebook event page on



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Posted by on Sunday, April 21, 2013 in TeachMeet


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Have U been to a TeachMeet or iPadMeet?

Last Saturday, Elkanah House hosted its third TeachMeet, as well as its second iPadMeet. The response and attendance to both meets were extremely rewarding. Forty six dedicated people interested in sharing, presenting and soaking in ways to use ICT in the classroom joined the TeachMeet. During second session, fifty four participants, passionate about using the iPad as a classroom device, attended the iPadMeet.

The events were run one after the other to allow participants to enjoy both meets or collaborate with others during the short break between events.

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Here is what happened at the Meets?

The meet kicked off with a “welcome housekeeping” presentation, which can be viewed here for those who are not sure how a TeachMeet event is run.

Essentially, on signup one would choose one of the following options:

  • Keen Bean – a presenter who shares an idea, lesson, a tool in a timeslIMG_1314ot of 3-5 minutes – presenters receive a gift of jelly beans
  • Enthusiastic Lurker – just there to soak up the environment and enjoy the day!

Di de Villiers from Somerset House seemed to have managed to get a reserved seat! She has attended every Meet we have had so far and always sits on the couch in the same spot…so I decided to reserve it for her!

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Keen Beans shared a huge range of resources and the number of presenters doubled since the last meet! A huge thank you to Nicole Masureik of Pinelands High as well as Mnr Maree of Bishops who were unable to attend but contributed by sending a virtual presentation for me to share with the audience. So if you are unable to attend a meet…you are always able to contribute and share with others…video yourself or a presentation and send to me.

Well done to those who presented on the day – more information about these presentations, as well as photographs, videos and resources can be found on the TeachMeet wiki – – continue reading this post to see what was presented!

  1. Carolynn Bruton [ex Springfield] – presented twice, once on Organising you iPad and iPhone and then Transferring your Pics between Devices.
    Organising iPad TeachMeet.pdf; Transferring pics.pdf
  2. Fiona Beal [SchoolNet] presented on Google Forms – So Easy to Use –;; Google Forms – so easy to use.pptx
  3. Jenny Martin [Somerset House] on Using Triptico in the Primary School Maths Class Word Magnets.pptx;
  4. Karen Stadler [Elkanah House] took us on a wonderful tour through Epic Citadel during the iPadMeet– KStadler_epic.ppsvisit Karen’s blog at or ipad wiki:
  5. Nicole Masureik [Pinelands] – presented on Using Screencast-o-matic This video demonstrated the recording of on screen annotations in PowerPoint for Teacher Professional Development.
  6. Mnr Maree [Bishops] – took audience through Using Tumblr in the Afrikaans Classroom
    tumblr in afrikaans.mp4
  7. Siobhan Louw [Somersert House] – presented her Term Long ICT Project – Planning a Virtual International Holiday
    S Louw TeachMeetFeb2012.pptx
  8. Siobhan Louw [Somersert House] – Shared an App called Boxee during the iPadMeet session
    S Louw boxee.ppsx
  9. Cheryl Douglas [Bishops] – presented on Using OneNote to produce Biology Notes on the Endocrine System
  10. Fiona Beal – [SchoolNet] – showed us How to make a Protopage
    How to make a protopage.pptx
  11. Louise Leigh [Herzlia] – shared her Integrated ICT Tasks in Mathematics  – Google Docs Grade 9 Data Handling Research Project
    The Environment – Research Topic and Introduction; Design of a Survey/Questionnaire, Administering a Survey, Organizing Data by making tally tables, Double bar graph, calculating averages, writing a report on results and report features of graphs, writing a conclusion with informed opinion and findings, a Bibliography, and finally to present. ICT Integrated Tasks.pptx; ycling Herzlia 2009-2012.pdf;9-Recycling Double Bar Graph 2012.xlsx; 9-Graph Project 2012.pdf
  12. Peter Schutte [Wynberg Girls] – presented on using Edmodo in the Maths Class
    Edmodo_Teacher_Training_Presentation.pptx; Edmodo__a_student_quick_start_guide.pdf; UsesforEdmodoAllgradelevels.pdf
  13. Gilmour Gordon [Elkanah House] – shared his Music with Audacity, Movies with Sound project with the audience
    [email for access to dropbox folder if you would like to view / download this presentation due to size limitations 
  14. Alan Goldberg [Digicape] – presented on iBook format / Author, Popplet Lite,and the use of a science iPad app and gadget during the iPadMeet.
  15. Jak Tangkuampien [Elkanah House] presented on Marking with the iPad. 

Without the above Keen Beans as well as the Enthusiastic Lurkers the 2 hour session would not be possible.

I encourage everyone to continue sharing and collaborating amongst each other, to visit the wiki, interact with others and mail should you have something to share at the next meet.

A special thank you to:

Christiaan Vlok – Elkanah student for video footage and photos
Arthur Preston – Elkanah House Senior Primary Principal for twitter backchannel
Karen Stadler – Elkanah House ICT Integrator for the twitter backchannel
Gareth Davies – Business of Teaching – for the donation of magazine prizes
Bongi Damane – Elkanah staff member for organising the refreshments
Fiona Beal – SchoolNet for her continued support and encouragement

Continue the collaboration on twitter : #elkteachmeet and #SAipaded

Photographs of our Meets


TeachMeets in other parts of the world!

Ireland joins TeachMeets – visit the wiki on

Australia is having a huge one this Friday evening where they are trying to beat a world record for TeachMeets

Check out the ustream here:

This Saturday, a big virtual International Teachmeet with 32 presenters from 20 countries (Fiona Beal of SchoolNet is one of the volunteers…go Fiona!) was held.
Visit Do you listen to blogtalkradio? Lots of great discussions happening here!

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Posted by on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in iPAD, iPadMeet, TeachMeet


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Discuss All Things iPAD @ the iPADMeet

Schools are investigating the implementation of iPADs into the classroom to engage and extend learning.  Teachers are also a buzz about purchasing a tablet for personal & education use.

Elkanah House is running an iPadMeet forum for Principals, Teachers, ICT Heads and Coordinators to pool considerations, resources, and knowledge about device implementation in a school environment.

We are all on the same discovery path and hope to implement such devices using a seamless approach into our schools.  But often, these pilot projects are not successful due to a number of essential factors which could make or break victory! With constant discussions and support around these issues we hope to be better informed.

Some of the topics we aim to cover during our iPADMeet @ Elkanah House are:

  •      Ownership of devices [staff + students / parents]
  •      Is the iPad the “way 2 go”
  •      Purchasing of Apps – “are we App dependent”
  •      iTunes – without learning the hard way!
  •      Training of staff
  •      Infrastructure and Support
  •      Using Cloud or school server – storing of
  •      Social Media policies – do we need to control this or manage this?
  •      Wireless – solutions, cost
  •      Pilot projects – tracking and managing
  •      iPad curriculum – wiki for success for use by all schools?
  •      ePub distribution to student iPads [resources, portal options]

So, hurry and book your spot at the iPADMeet.

Don’t forget to bring your iPAD [or any other device] with you.  If you are keen on using ICT to support teaching and learning, then you should join us from 11h00 to 13h00 for our TeachMeet @ Elkanah, just before the iPADMeet.


Our scrumptious Schoolyard Market @ Elkanah is happening on the same day as the TeachMeet & iPADMeet! You do not want to miss this…see our website for details.

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Posted by on Monday, November 14, 2011 in iPAD, TeachMeet


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Collaborate @ TeachMeets

Elkanah House is hosting another two TeachMeets. Come and join us as a Keen Bean – all you need to share is a 3 minute idea, project or classroom experience using ICT. It is the perfect environment to learn from each other and share resources in a relaxed atmosphere with the bonus opportunity to meet new friends.  Such fun was had by all during the first TeachMeet @ Elkanah and we would love to have many more teachers experiencing this with us.

If you prefer to “check out the situation” the first time, you are welcome as an Enthusiastic Lurker. Lots of discussions are held before; during and after the TeachMeet … so don’t miss out! All it takes is 2 hours of your time on a Saturday afternoon once in a blue moon :-).

Sign up by visiting OR
Send an email to Linda at
Follow us on twitter at #elkteachmeet

Our next TeachMeet date is set for the 26th NOVEMBER 2011 @ 11h00 [see advert below] 


If you are too busy with the exam period, please book for the next TeachMeet set for the 25th FEBRUARY 2012 @ 11h00 [see advert above]


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Posted by on Monday, November 14, 2011 in TeachMeet


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TeachMeets @ Elkanah – U don’t wanna miss this…

Elkanah House held its very first TeachMeet on Saturday, 29th October. The meet was held in the Library Resource Centre from 12h00 till 14h00 at our High School.

You might be thinking “What is a TeachMeet?” TeachMeets are a very popular form of professional development for teachers. Teachers’ sign up to either participate as a Keen Bean by presenting a successful lesson, resource, or idea [the list is endless] that they have experienced using ICT in the classroom or as an Enthusiastic Lurker [for those who wish to “check out” the situation and participate in discussions or simply learn from others].

Presenters are encouraged to prepare a 3 minute presentation or idea to share at the TeachMeet. These are collected via a Dropbox shared folder the week before the meet. All the resources are shared with attendees after the TeachMeet. The organisers of the TeachMeet will keep to the time limits!

Twenty two teachers from different schools, within the Cape Town area, attended the TeachMeet @ Elkanah. The meet opened with attendees spending some time mingling at the SchoolYard Market Tea Venue. This was a great way to relax and get to know each other before moving to the Library Resource Centre. Everyone then moved to the TeachMeet venue where the meet was officially opened by Linda Foulkes [@folklind]. Karen Stadler [@ICT_Integrator] very professionally handled the Twitter backchannel for the meet. Our twitter hashtag is #elkteachmeet.

Visit the following link for more information or to sign up for the next TeachMeet [February 2012] or email

Third Term and Four Term 2011 volumes of the Business of Teaching [South African Education Quarterly Magazine] was donated to all participants of TeachMeet by the editor, Gareth Davies. If you are not already following @teachingbiz on Twitter, don’t delay…do it today!

Presenters shared the Use of wiki’s in a girls’ junior school: Club activity; Screencasting using Screenr and Jing; Book Reports with SpeakingImage, Popplet and Prezi; Global Classroom Project; Using Flipsnack; Amelia the Pigeon with Google Earth, Paint Powerpoint, Word [Google Docs], Myth Animations.

The day ended with very positive discussions around wifi, ipads, tools and more. It was suggested that we also host an IPADMeet. A very successful day!

Since the meet on Saturday I have had contact from teachers who are accessing the resources from the Saturday TeachMeet and preparing to apply these to meet the needs in the classroom. Do our children know what special dedicated teachers we have out there? Visit the following blog post of Lisa Gair [@ICT_Educator] who is so inspired by the meet and shares her resource on how to use Flipsnack to make beautiful flipping books.

Watch the links above and follow #elkteachmeet for the next TeachMeet @ Elkanah and as Fiona Beal [@fibeal] said….

Here is a brief look at the some of the photos from the TeachMeet

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Posted by on Monday, October 31, 2011 in TeachMeet