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awarenet is an eLearning platform and social media tool that offers our learners a personal networking space, tools for blogging, online discussions and project work in wiki style incl. multi media. They learn how to present themselves online, how to connect and communicate responsibly in a secure and safe space. Groups meet on a weekly basis and work on various projects about culture, health, music, science, history and social services, whereby online and offline work is combined. Projects lead to major local activities and events such as public concerts, sport days, newspaper articles and social engagements. We further offer to install awarenet servers in existing computer labs and give combined introductory workshops for teachers, in which we train general IT skills and showcase how to integrate awarenet into the curriculum or co-curriculars. The platform is developed in such a way that remote schools without or interrupted Internet access can use it as well as it also functions when offline. The awarenet software is free open-source. The awarenet programme offers many opportunities to learners and teachers as well as partnering NGOs in the educational sector.
DR ANNA WERTLEN
Management & Finance
Public Relations & Fundraising
Dr Sarah Hanton
Coordination & Educational Advisor
I LOVE AWARENET
I was recently introduced to the 3-3-3 method of reporting about our work, which convinced me, so I am going to present our current developments to you today following this idea. 3 successes Over the years, we established annual awarenet projects that follow the school terms and provide useful knowledge to the learners. They motivate[…]
Awarenet is branching out and preparing a new course directed at educators teaching in higher grades in South African schools. The idea is that teachers be taught how to use awarenet constructively in the classroom, thereby making the educational content more fun, interactive and informative for students. Anyone who has stood in front of a[…]
On June the 3rd, we hosted our very first awarenet soccer tournament at the Dlephu Stadium in Joza. Five of our schools (SDA PS, Archie Mbolekwa SP School, Ntaba Maria PS, C.M. Vellem PS, Good Shepherd PS) took part and played an amazing and fair tournament. It was part of our Health and Fitness Project[…]
Dear Reader Please lend me your time, eyes and ears for a short time. Crime in South Africa has reached the crest of the country, like a volcanic eruption about to explode and destroy this good land. I’m starting to think that the only way to live in this sad country is to be part[…]
The Second term of the school year started of well, we introduced the Health and Fitness project at the schools were I teach awarenet. Schools partaking in the project is C.M Vellem HPS, Good Shepard PS, Ntaba Maria PS, Khulitso Daniel SS. In this project we teach the learners about Healthy eating habits the[…]
During a few days in mid-April, under the auspices of a benign Highveld sun, a mishmash of dedicated and articulated voices could be heard penetrating the crisp air of the Johannesburg suburb of Benoni. Though the words escaping the dark and windowless vaults of the conference centre were unmistakably of English origin, the accents betrayed[…]
I have been on my annual trip to Grahamstown to see how things are going on site. It was fantastic to be back and meet my vibrant and motivated team. A lot of new ideas were discussed and I was very impressed at how organised and confident everyone was. I can safely state that the[…]
Last term, it was all about cultural differences and similarities between Germany and South Africa. This also included lots of good food and indulging in each other’s national dishes. To get rid of the extra kilos we have gained, we are now starting a Health and Fitness project for the 2nd term. We will learn[…]
Another exciting cooperation with University students has come to an end. This time, the VSA was approached by Prof Schoop of the Technical University in Dresden. His Faculty of Business and Economics offered to engage the students in a project that would help teachers and trainers in South Africa to enhance eLearning in classrooms. The[…]
In the first term of school we decided to do a project called “The cultural Differences between South Africa and Germany”. Schools involved in this project were C.M Vellem HP, Good Shepard PS, Khulitso Daniel SS and Ntaba Maria PS. During the time we worked on this project, blogs were written about favourite traditional South[…]