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The Teaching tips are compiled with the assistance of University of Johannesburg students who are working towards their Bachelor of Education Honours or Master's degree in ICT in Education.

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General ICT integration tips & tools  

There are many ways to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in your classroom. Using ICT tools, even in the most basic form, could make the lessons more active and engaging for the learners. 

The tips in this section apply to all subjects and would require you to have access to:

  • A computer
  • Internet connectivity
  • Projector
  • Nice to have: Cell phones or tablets for the learners which they can share in groups. 

 

Powtoon screenshotStart a class
To start of a class you could begin with an engaging animated presentation, this would help in capturing the attention of the learners and give you a head start into the lesson. There are a number of online apps that make life easy for you including:

  • Powtoon - a free webbased tool with a special section for education, allowing you to start from scratch or simply adjust an exisiting template. When you've created your Powtoon you can upload it to social media including YouTube and Facebook or download the presentation as a Powerpoint or PDF.  
  • Prezi - A prezi is a presentation of text and visuals that you zoom in and out of. It is very similar to a power point, except you do not make slides. Instead, you make one big prezi and zoom in to different views. Prezi offers a free basic account and also education templates which you can reuse. 

 

Create tests and assesssments
ICT tools don’t only support teaching lessons but also offer appealing ways of assessing and testing your learners’ knowledge. Some examples of these are:

  • Kahoot – an interactive and motivational quiz, it is a game-based platform that makes learning fun.
  • Socrative – An online quiz that allows teachers to connect with students as learning happens.
  • Quizlet – Online resource to help with revision

 

 

Teaching tips for ICT integration for specific subjects

 

Subject Education app/Learning tool
Biology

BioInteractive 

  • Interactive learning tool
  • Educational apps, animations, short films and virtual labs just to name a few
  • Learning guides from other teachers to help with some inspiration
  • Grades 8-12

 

Science In Africa

  • Africa’s first online popular science magazine aims to promote awareness of science conducted in Africa.
  • Provides science teachers with locally relevant resources.
  • Gives information on health and science issues directly affecting society, and more.
Creative arts

Canva

  • Free graphic design tool
  • Best for creating posters, school presentations, or project pages
  • Simple, user friendly interface
  • For all grades
ECD

ABC Kids

  • Fun, free, and simple educational app to help toddlers learn phonics and trace letters of the alphabet
  • Phonics and alphabet teaching app that makes learning fun for children
  • Features a series of tracing games to help kids recognize letter shapes, associate them with phonic sounds, and put their alphabet knowledge to use in fun matching exercises.
  • Learners can collect stickers and toys as they complete tracing games
  • Adults can easily access settings to engage Teacher Mode, look at report cards, or toggle tracing and phonics games to better facilitate learning.
  • For toddlers - Grade 3

 

World's Worst Pet

  • Helps children increase their vocabulary by taking them through an adventure.
  • The narrative grabs the attention of students without sacrificing the academic component.
    Children are introduced to domain-specific vocabulary words in word lists that are grouped by topic.
  • For pre-schoolers – Grade 3
Economics

Moblab

  • Economics Games and Experiments for interactive teaching and learning in the social sciences and management.
  • This website can be used as a collaboration tool amongst the learners also in the South African context as it engages the learners with what the economy deals with.
  • It can be used as an assignment tool where the learners can participate together as though they are trading. For instance, create a JSE model for the class.

 

WeTheEconomy

  • We The Economy is a collection of 20 short films about the economy.
  • Entertaining videos cover a wide range of topics that will help students gain a better understanding of complex economic issues. 
  • To further engage students on the topics that are covered in each film, teachers may also want to use the materials provided in the companion guide.
  • For grades 10 - 12
English

LightSail

  • Educational reading app
  • Has a library with 80,000 books with in-text assessments and quizzes
  • The data collected form the quizzes is accessible to the teachers and principals
  • The app will adjust each student’s reading list based on their performance
  • For grades 1-12 

 

SparkNotes

  • Over 500 literature guides
  • Search for study guides by title, author, or character and find chapter summaries for all books
  • Take quizzes for each book sections
  • Line by line translation for ancient books
  • For grades 8 – 12
Geography

Countries of the world

  • Free app for the Android.
  • The study feature is organised into different geographic locations, which allows you to explore one country at a time.
  • Quiz feature is designed to facilitate concentration on one feature at a time.
  • Also a series of reference resources teaches students how to find information on geography, economies, governments, and more.
  • For grades 7 – 12
History

 South African History Online

  • Excellent, user-friendly site offering alternative perspectives of history, focusing on untold stories and giving learners a chance to construct their own oral histories.
  • There’s also plenty of information for teachers, and a well-illustrated section on arts and culture.
  • For grades 4 - 12
Maths

GeoGebra

  • Dynamic mathematics open-source free software
  • Combines geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus
  • Download for free
  • Gerrit Stols of the University of Pretoria has created a GeoGebra manual with YouTube videos, which is available on the Digital Classroom

 

Maths & Science Marketing

  • Strives for excellence in Maths & Science teaching & learning
  • Provides free materials & methodologies
  • Download textbooks, tests & exams onto mobiles, tablets and computers
  • Sponsored by the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA)
  • For grades 1-9 and 10-12

 

MIDHub

  • Sponsored by the National Research Foundation (NRF)
  • Easy and quick access to relevant material and quality instructional resources
  • Offers a variety of videos, textbooks, worksheets and interactive sketches
  • Grades 8 - 12.

 

  Prodigy

  • Free math game
  • Real time reporting. Allows teachers and parents to see where the learner is improving and what might need some extra work.
  • For grades 1-8
Physical science

ChemCrafter

  • Allows users to build their own labs and try different chemical reactions
  • App guides learners through experiments
  • Has a reward system embedded to help keep the learners entertained and motivated
  • Available on iOS devices
  • For grades 8-12

 

Physical Sciences Break 1.0

  • Blog covers physical sciences topics for teachers and learners
  • Updated regularly
  •  Addresses the challenges in physical sciences in schools
  • Encourages students to use blogs on various devices
  • Created and maintained by Chipa Thomas Maimela from Limpopo who won the 2013 ISPA Super Teacher’s Special Award for it
  • For grades 10 -12