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Ryk Neethling is much more than a triumphant sportsman .History is an inspiring tale of a fiercely determined boy from Bloemfontein who overcame great odds to reach Olympic glory and become the hero of a nation .After his very successful swimming career, he established the Ryk Neethling Swimming Schools (currently6schools) and two Players Swim Academy facilities. 273 more words

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With one of the most recognisable faces in world rugby, Bob Skinstad has joined forces with Itec Innovate (Pty) Ltd as Director and shareholder – a vibrant Business Solutions & Service company, which is part of the fastest growing office automation company in South Africa. 247 more words

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T&L briefing: What are the benefits of Twitter for teachers?

On Friday morning I gave a ten-minute briefing to all staff at my school on the benefits of Twitter for teachers. Accompanied by a keynote presentation behind me, I used the words below as a rough script (though I don’t tend to read from notes when presenting). 644 more words

watseducation reblogged this on Wats-Education - from the inside looking out. and commented:

The reason for this post, is quite simply that it is self affirming.

I joined Twitter, professionally at least, in April 2014. I had been a Twitter non-user for a number years before that.

I didn't get it.

Too little space, too little to read, too much nonsense, if no-one follows me what's the point? No-one can read what I say.

As such, my profile sat, unloved, unappreciated and under used.

Then I had an epiphany (a late one, but better late than never!) I had realised it was something which could be used professionally and I knew a few people who used it, so I took the plunge and @WatsEd was born. Well created anyway.

Now 5 months later, I have Tweeted 6831 times, I follow 1012 users (all real people too, not bots or rubbish) and am followed by 687 users (also real people, I hope! They talk to me, so if they aren't that's worrying!)

I have learned more in that 5 months about what is happening in the world of education, than in the last 4 years!

  • OfSted
  • Curriculum
  • Government Policy
  • #Gove
  • Tech
  • App Development
  • Blogging
  • Leadership
  • Global education
  • Updates from Conferences
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Teachmeets

The list could go on and on.

I am not professing to be expert in any of these things, but I know things now that I didn't before and that is an improvement.

Twitter has opened so many doors to my practice, self awareness and self reflection.

  • Genius Hour (although I already did a similar thing)
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Educational authors.

All off this and more is at my fingertips - literally!

I can ask a question of my 'Twitterati' and within the day I will have answers, lots of answers, from people in different contexts who have a range of opinions - I can discuss them, argue my case, back down, stand up - whatever I need.

More CPD than I can handle!

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So, to the point.

I want to share my new found obsession (and it can very easily become that!) with my own colleagues.

So I asked Twitter...

"I wonder if anyone has any materials for showing staff the benefits of Twitter?"

I had a few responses, all helpful, but it was Tom Bigglestone (@the_tank) who really came through.

He shared both his very lovely printed iPad handout complete with suggested user to follow and a collection of tweets answering the question: 'Why should teachers use Twitter?'

His blog entry I re-blogged below is the rest of his 10 minute presentation to staff.

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It was exactly what I needed - I could easily have written and said the same things, but sometimes it is nice to know that you aren't alone in your opinions. That's powerful.

Thanks Tom.

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There are so many professionals out there in the 'twittersphere' and the 'blogosphere' - they are nice people and they are all too keen to share their skills, knowledge and understanding with anyone who cares to ask.

Where else can you discuss a chapter of a book with the author(s) over a coffee - almost anytime you like?

What about discussion about an app that you like, with the developer and coder? It's brilliant.

If you are a teacher and you aren't on Twitter - why not?

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I have had what I now refer to as 'Cup of Tea CPD' so often.

Just make a cup of tea, ask the question and discuss. 15-20 mins and you know more, or you have shared with someone else. Brilliant.

There are so many #chats to join in with - 30 mins of VERY intense tweeting about specific topics. #behaviourchat, #SLTchat, #headteacherchat, #MLTchat, #edchat, #ukedchat, #AUSSIEdchat, #usedchat, #tlap, #whatisschool - again the list goes on. Many of these have the discussion topics chosen by the users. These all have an appointed day and time, so if you are prepared, you are good to go!

Two screens is helpful to track discussions.

Sometimes it is like being a kid in sweet shop!

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I have wholeheartedly bought into the idea that Twitte can provides some of the best CPD you can get.


Update: 30-08-14

I have received this document as a result of these blog posts:

Essential Edchat Resource Guide

“This guide was brought to you by USC Rossier’s online EdD

Hopefully you may find it useful.

Prof Joanne Bailey's Keynote Address: 'Breeding a Little Stranger'

Professor Joanne Bailey of Oxford Brookes University delivered the keynote address at the conference on Wednesday, 16 July. Her paper, entitled ‘Breeding a Little Stranger’, considered managing uncertainty in pregnancy between 1600 and 1830. 24 more words

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Hire / Book Alexander Leibner Business Speaker, MC and Facilitator

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Ever had that feeling if you’ve known someone you’ve just met for years? Ever had a knowledgeable, humorous and memorable dinner party guest? 538 more words

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Hire / Book Rob Caskie Speaker on Strategy and Corporate Best Practice.

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A number of corporations and senior management teams call upon Rob Caskie for his professional-speaking skills to deliver strategy and corporate best-practice seminars using his knowledge of South African history to offer insightful comparison, intriguing content and real-life examples. 464 more words

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Jacques de Villiers has been helping companies make sense of marketing and sales for real return on investment since 1998. 224 more words

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