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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.
The awarenet Open Lab
The awarenet Open Lab is a project that was established in May of 2017 in cooperation with Rod Amner, a VSA board member and Rhodes lecturer. The goal of the Open Lab is to give free Internet access to the members of the Joza community and educate them in ICT through the method of "learning by doing". The project has so far been very sucessful, as there are more than 450 members registered with us. In addition to just giving access to the Internet for free, we also offer specific courses, focused on computer education. So far we had a course involving Blockly, a variant of the scratch computer language, and a video editing course which has the goal of producing a short movie in which the participants appear as actors and cut the movie themselves in the end. We hope that we can continue the project for a long time, however it is dependent on donations. If you want to support the Open Lab feel free to donate items or visit our betterplace.org site to support us financially.
The awarenet Teachers course
The awarenet Teachers course is another project that we have been working on. As part of the course, teachers from local primary and high schools are being educated about how they can use ICT to enrich their lessons. This means that we show them how to do reliable research on the Internet, how to design presentations which can be used in addition to writing content on blackboards and how to use email. The aim of the awarenet Teachers course is to improve the quality of the education which the learners receive through helping the teachers to adapt their lessons to the present.
Coordination and Training
Max Leon Resch
Training & System Administration
Training & Public Relations
Training & Community outreach
Training & Community outreach
Dr Sarah Hanton
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Earlier this year I was interviewed by Sivuyile Ndawuni from partner organisation Upstart! about how awarenet tries to help improve access to ICT resources in the municipality of Makana where Grahamstown is located. Upstart is an organisation which gives underprivileged youth in Grahamstown high schools the chance to create journalistic products on print, radio and[…]
PowerPoint is a powerful tool and as all technology has its uses and misuses. Earlier this month I presented a lecture and did a workshop at Rhodes University for teachers in how to best use PowerPoint in the classroom. The teachers I taught hail from schools both from our home province of Eastern Cape and[…]
Sudo Soc, the student computer society at Rhodes University, lent awarenet a hand in maintaining the computer labs at Joza Youth Hub. With the skilled use of an air compressor the team from Sudo Soc delicately cleaned the dusty insides of the well-used awarenet computers without damaging a single processor, hard drive nor motherboard. SudoSoc[…]
During the last month Max and I were meeting again in little Wortelgat (near Hermanus) in the Western Cape. I was already on leave and enjoyed some time together with my parents when we had to meet for our SAGE-NET. mid-term seminar. We have not seen the volunteers since New Years Eve so[…]
We finally uploaded the songs from the Peace Day Concert 2016. 6 different schools participated in the Peace Day Concert 2016. Every school wrote their own song and performed it on stage! After such a long time we are proud to announce that we have the final versions of the songs uploaded to our Soundcloud[…]
The awarenet Open Lab will expand after receiving funding for that purpose from the Learning Trust. The success of the Open Lab in attracting local school learners and other community members made it imperative to establish another computer lab. Every afternoon, particularly just after school hours, we experience long lines of awarenet Open Lab members[…]
It has been a very important year for the VSA and awarenet in which we were able to increase our community outreach and continued our good relationship with Rhodes University. Successful projects! That is the first thing that comes into my mind when I am thinking of awarenet 2017. The last year was definitely a[…]
A few weeks ago we reported about our movie making course. Within this blogpost we want to show you the final version of the short movie. We are incredibly proud of our learners and what they have accomplished. They shot the film with their mobile phones and edited it themselves with the program “Kdenlive”. Hoping[…]
The awarenet Open Lab registered its 500th member last week! Aphelele Pama, a 13 years old grade 6 learner from local school CM Vellem became awarenet Open Lab member number 500. Asked why he decided to join the awarenet Open Lab Aphelele says the main reason is that computers can help him do his homework[…]
The AGYI-Conference Kjetil and Max have been attending a conference hosted by the AGYI, the “African German Youth Initiative”. Its goal is to make youth exchanges between African countries and Germany easier as well as more accessible. The AGYI is sponsored by “Engagement Global”, an agency of the German ministry for economic cooperation and development[…]