SchoolNet South Africa: ICT in the Classroom Conference – for all those who missed our talk

Frederic Kastner, Programme Manager for The Virtual School and Malik Adam Wilson, Creative Manager for The Virtual School were invited to the SchoolNet Conference in South Africa to talk to over 600 teachers on the Open Educational Resource Movement, how it’s changing the world of education and how teachers from everywhere can get involved.

The talk also includes the OER Organisations around the world creating free educational resources for everyone – Khan Academy, Coursera, The Virtual School, Udacity, Siyavula, TED-Ed and Bread Bin.

As always, it would be great if you could leave us your feedback or if you simply got in touch if you can think of a way of collaborating with us around Open Educational Resources, no matter where you are around the world! We need the help of animators, designers, teachers, NGOs and charities, governments and higher education institutions, as well as social enterprises, to get spread engaging, localised Open Educational Resources around the world.

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the virtual school physics is here!

It’s been an exciting week for the virtual school.  VS Coordinator Freddy and Content Maestro Nisha are in Seville, visiting the Project Murillo interns who’ve been creating some amazing content for the virtual school.

And we’ve also posted our first physics videos.  We’re starting off with radioactivity– something that most people have heard about, but many of us don’t understand very well.  Start here with “What is Nuclear Radiation?” Camille Sainsbury, Danny Pattison, Darren Campbell and Freya Holdsworth worked together on this video, recording and animating an explanation by physics teacher Dr. James Deeny.

Then we’ve got another explanation by Dr. James Deeny for “Types of Radiation.”  This one’s animated by Darren Campbell, who created a fun set of comic book characters for alpha particles, beta particles and gamma rays.  We absolutely love it!