TeachMeet Classrooms

Our first TeachMeet for 2017 was held on Thursday 30h March. 170 teachers attended representing seventy-eight school from across Johannesburg could choose 2 practical sessions during the afternoon. Microsoft through their partners SchoolNet SA sponsored the travel costs of the presenter from Cape Town.

Practical sessions, covering the following topics, were run in four Secondary School classrooms:

  • Minecraft in the Classroom by Dominque Cave, Computer’s for Kids Trainer.
  • Microsoft Classroom by Ronelle Klinck, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador.
  • Google Classroom by Matthew Hains, Microsoft Innovative Education 2016-2017
  • The Dynamic Classroom by Mark Hayter, Executive Headmaster of Grayston Prep.

Thank you for all the organising of the Teach Meet last week. I think it is a fabulous initiative….and the food and interaction with other teachers was a big bonus “  Paula


TeachMeet Classroom Hacks

Our second TeachMeet for 2017 was held on Tuesday 31st May and formed part of Microsoft’s Education Exchange (E2) – Africa. One hundred and twenty teachers from schools across Gauteng joined the delegates from the Microsoft’s Education Exchange Africa (E2) event.

Speakers presented their favourite classroom hacks to the gathered teachers in the Brescia House School Hall.  Hacks covered a variety of tools and practical tips for using technology in the classroom. The speakers included:

  • Two international guests - Stephen Reid and Sonja Delafosse;
  • Steve Sherman a teacher from Cape Town (who presented his session via Skype);
  • three Brescia House School MIE teachers (Tracy Heath, Wendy Sauthoff and Kevin Smart);
  • three Microsft MIE Teachers (Brian Slater, Freddy Chireka, Justin Harper and Matt Hains);
  • and Dominique Cave, South Africa’s Microsoft Global Minecraft Mentor from Cape Town.

 The event was also streamed Live on the Brescia House School YouTube channel. 


TeachMeet Dabble

School hosted its third TeachMeet of the year, on Tuesday 26 September.  Eighty teachers from other school around Gauteng, joined Brescia House School Teaching Staff to participate in a TeachMeet Dabble.  Teachers could dabble with Minecraft Code Builder, MIT App Inventor, Microbits, Scratch, Bloxels, Code.org and Microsoft Forms.


TeachMeet Party

Our first TeachMeet for 2016 was held on Tuesday 15th March. Over 200 teachers attended representing almost sixty school from across Johannesburg.

Teachers sat in at large tables in the atrium, and participated in a number of “Party Games”, including musical chairs.

“Thank you for a fun, beautifully organised and interesting afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Please extend my appreciation to all who worked so hard to make it a success.” – Bridget

“Thank you so much for hosting the Teach Meet. It really is the most fabulous initiative and such valuable information sharing. Your generosity in sharing ideas, information and your time is so appreciated.” – Jane

“Congratulations on a most successful TeachMeet afternoon. Everything was super-organised, the food and décor fabulous and the activities were great fun! The visitors at our table were friendly and forthcoming and thanked us for the great afternoon.” - Charmaine


Redefining Learning World Café TeachMeet

The Redefining Learning World Café TeachMeet hosted on 9 June 2016 at Brescia House School. The afternoon was part of Microsoft’s two-day “Hack the Classroom” event held for the South African Microsoft Innovative Educators. Over 100 teachers attended representing more than twenty school from across South Africa. It provided over 100 principals, teachers, librarians and school IT managers with an opportunity to learn about the transformation framework for 21st Century learning. The World Café is a whole group interaction method focused on conversations, sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and creating possibilities for action.


TeachMeet Dabble

School hosted its third TeachMeet of the year, on Wednesday 21 September.  Over 100 teachers from other school around Gauteng, joined Brescia House School Teaching Staff to participate in a TeachMeet Dabble.  Teachers could dabble in Minecraft, Hologram pyramids, lego robotics, Little Bits electronics and many other fun activities.


Think Tank

The Dell Think Tank program brings together industry leaders to discuss trending topics impacted by technology. The goal is to create an open and honest forum that fosters collaboration and reveals unique community needs and opportunities for technology to play a larger role. The Social Think Tanks are an opportunity to listen first-hand, discuss education needs and foster relationships. Since 2011, Dell has held think tanks on topics including education, healthcare, entrepreneurship and the changing mobile workforce. Events are in person and extended online for virtual participation on Twitter and via Livestream.

The first Dell Think Tank in Africa, hosted in the St Ursula’s Resource Centre at Brescia House School on Wednesday 25th February 2015, hosted over 250 Teachers, Heads, School IT Administrators and Parents. A panel of eleven, representing South African students, education and industry leaders joined Jon Phillips, Managing Director, Worldwide Education, Dell and Richard Firth in an open and collaborative forum around innovation in education.

Thank-you so much for inviting me to be part of the Dell event this past week. It was a most stimulating afternoon and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. … Well done to you and your team for a well-organised and planned event. It was clear that you had put much thought into the proceedings.”

“Many thanks for organizing the event. For me it was actually very encouraging as I felt  that at St Dominic’s we have been going the right way about it so far. Many confirmations emerged as the think-tank evolved such as: the need of a vision for the school as a solid foundations; the priority of a solid infrastructure and the ‘not going too fast’ ensuring that the teachers are on board. So from that perspective I was pleased about how the discussion developed and the guidelines which emerged from it. I think that the panel was balanced and everyone who participated got something out of the discussion, viewpoints and experiences. As also from our teachers I heard only praise. It has triggered even more enthusiasm for technology with many thoughts and ideas of how we can improve on our approach, particularly on how we prepare the teachers and our next step in putting technology in the hands of the students.“

I attended the workshop at your school last week. I wanted to email you to say what a wonderful, informative afternoon it was & how much I enjoyed it. The panel of speakers were really great and they had some valuable information as well as interesting ideas to share.

Great event you hosted. Certainly gave me a few ideas to mull over.”



Teachmeet Tea Party

On Tuesday 9 June 2015, Brescia House School teachers decorated the 12 tables that create a wonderful vibe for the Tea, and teachers attending commented on the effort that the teachers went to with the tables and they felt warmly welcomed.

The objective of the afternoon was to encourage discussion and exchange of ideas. Teachers were seated at tables, a maximum of 12 people per table in Brescia House School’s Hall, each table had a Brescia House School staff member as the table host or hostess. Each table focused on a specific learning area, grade or device and teachers were encourage not sit with colleagues; but rather at a table whose focus area interested them. Tables focusses and the 7 presentations covered topics from Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase and FET.

Some of the comments receive from teachers who attended the TeachMeet were as follows:

Thank you and Brescia House for the most wonderful afternoon. Such a good idea to get together and share ideas, hints etc. The eats and refreshments were delicious, and the tables quite lovely. Thank you for the huge effort involved in putting the programme together to make it the success that it was.

Thank you for a wonderful TEACHMEET afternoon at your school. Brescia made us feel so welcome and you spoilt us with the ”goodie” bags and the most delicious eats and variety of drinks. I enjoyed the speakers and connecting with teachers from the different schools.

Thank you for an informative well organized event. It was good to meet likeminded teachers!!

Thank you for organising the TeachMEET yesterday afternoon. The catering was fantastic as per normal and the goodie bags were a really nice surprise.

The content was very informative and a valuable opportunity to network and gain new perspectives for application in the class.

Thank you for a wonderful informative afternoon yesterday. Thank you for all the effort and spoils. I know that this would have been quite something to arrange.


Out the Box TeachMeet

Our second TeachMeet, an opportunity for teachers, librarians, coordinators, heads & IT managers interested in innovation in teaching & learning to learn and share classroom ideas, took place on Thursday 1st October 2015.

The objective of the afternoon was to encourage discussion and exchange of ideas. Teachers were seated in small groups with a specific learning area, grade or device focus, in Brescia House School’s St Gabriel’s Atrium. Teachers were encouraged not sit with colleagues but rather with a group whose focus area interests them. The afternoon activities included a short talk from Cathy Plewman, author of the thinking skills handbook “Making you mind up”; a practical activity using devices run by and collaboration and sharing opportunities.



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