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Dear IT teacher

This is a challenge to you.

The Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum is a competition that recognises teachers who are using technology in creative ways to promote teaching and learning.

The Innovation Workshops are designed to help teachers who are already using computers with their learners to plan and implement an engaging project (which could then be entered into the competition).

Teachers do not have to attend a workshop to enter the competition – but in the past teachers have reported really enjoying the workshops and that they found them very useful for generating ideas and the opportunity to network with other creative teachers.

In 2008, Sarietjie Musgrave, CAT teacher from Eunice High School in Bloemfontein was one of the SA finalists with her Grade 10 project.

She gained her runner up position in the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teachers Awards 2008 in Hong Kong, category Innovation in Community Category

Innovation in Community
Sarietjie Musgrave (Eunice High School: Free State)

Spread the Sunshine
The project for Grade 10 Computer Applications Technology involves learners investigating the needs of disabled people and then using their skills to create useful ICT based artefacts for disabled people. A range of applications are used including an animation package to design a public awareness campaign and Clicker to design software to support the disabled.

Another CAT teacher, Thamsanqa Makhathini, Mpophomeni High School in KZN,  reached the finals with a Grade 11 project in a different category:

Innovation in Challenging Contexts
Thamsanqa Makhathini (Mpophomeni High School: KwaZulu-Natal)

Local is Lekker@Mpophomeni
Groups of Grade 11 Computer Applications Technology learners designed research instruments and interviewed community members about Mpophomeni Township pre- and post-1994. Findings, photographs and audio-clips (recorded using cell phones) were then used to create a website.

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The IT exam guidelines / IT eksameriglyne have been developed to assist teachers and learners in their preparation for the 2009 examinations for the National Senior Certificate (NSC). The exam guidelines provide clarity in terms of scope and depth of the content to be examined in 2009.

The exam guidelines must be read in conjunction with the NCS, the SAG and the LPG for IT.

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An exemplar Grade 11 PAT that teachers could use if they wish.

The Grade 11 PAT is based on the Grade 12 PAT to help learners master their programming and software development skills and to prepare learners for Grade 12

Grade 11 2009 PAT Afrikaans

Grade 11 2009 PAT English

Useful source on the topic:


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