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Computer Hardware Maintenance: Basic Troubleshooting Techniques

Computer Hardware Maintenance: Basic Troubleshooting Techniques

Do you know what to do if your computer beeps when booting? What if you can’t seem to close an application — or can’t hear any sound from your speakers? Whenever you have a problem with your computer, don’t panic! Before you take it for repair, try some basic troubleshooting techniques. This afternoon our Grade 11 CAT students learnt troubleshooting tips, as well as[Read More…]

by May 19, 2016 CAT, High School
ICT and Education

ICT and Education

Who said technology hasn’t changed the way we learn? In the past: Now: In the above picture, look at Mr “G” in action… Yes, at Silvermine we’ve got it! We are following the trend in education, but remember, it’s not just about being fancy… we use our smart boards to enrich and enhance our teaching.

by March 3, 2016 CAT, High School
Apple Tv: AirPlay App

Apple Tv: AirPlay App

One of the new technologies released recently is the Airplay function on the Apple TV device. This function has really revolutionized the way in which we are able to use iPads with audio visual devices. More importantly in education when using audio visual devices. Before we take a look at how the AirPlay function works I’d like to take a moment to explain what the Apple TV[Read More…]

by March 20, 2013 CAT, Information Technology
Smart Digital Choices!

Smart Digital Choices!

One of the biggest challenges we face these days is the making of smart digital choices. As we are bombarded with media and advertisements of the latest and greatest new development, we are often caught up in the hype. I’d like to provide some tips on how to leave the hype behind and make well informed digital choices. This particular post is not for or against any particular[Read More…]

by March 11, 2013 CAT, Information Technology
Apple Conference: ESSA Academy

Apple Conference: ESSA Academy

This week I had the opportunity to attend an Apple organised conference all the way out at Parklands College, Table View. What an amazing time to listen and share ideas about the future classroom. One of the visiting speakers, Abdul Chohan, the head technologist for ESSA Academy, Bolton in the United Kingdom. He shared with us how starting off small he has revolutionized teaching and learning in their county. They[Read More…]

by March 3, 2013 CAT, Information Technology
Keeping Learners Engaged!

Keeping Learners Engaged!

One of the biggest chalenges as a teacher is keeping learner connected and interested in the content of your subject. Most learners tend to find aspects of a subject interesting but often tend to get bored and disinterested. Here are Sun Valley Group of Schools we delight in our ability to connect with learners and keep their interests at heart. We live in a digital world, with digitally orientated learners who communicate and have[Read More…]

by February 10, 2013 CAT, Information Technology
Irresistible Digital Learning

Irresistible Digital Learning

We look forward to another successful digital year in 2013. Our drive this year to go paperless and to integrate more aspects of our administration and teaching into the technological cloud. We start by moving away from a static PDF driven calendar on our websites to a more digitally dynamic calendar. This will be embedded into our Sun Valley Group of Schools blog page as well as the[Read More…]

by January 18, 2013 CAT, Information Technology
A World Apart – How to make that connection

A World Apart – How to make that connection

This past year Sun Valley Group of Schools has had the privilege of being able to connect with a school in the United States. This connection has been an amazing experience for both the learners and the teachers. Through this international link we have been able to collaborate and learn from each other. Its been fascinating to see how similar our societies are[Read More…]

by November 29, 2012 CAT, Information Technology

Self Taught Technologist

I recently found a fantastic YouTube video documenting a remarkable individual named Kelvin Doe from Sierra Leone. This 15 year old is making a tremendous impact on his community through technology. What is even more amazing is that all his knowledge is self taught. In fact Kelvin has managed to start a local radio station using electronic parts resurrected from the trash. What a[Read More…]

by November 20, 2012 CAT, Information Technology
IT versus CAT

IT versus CAT

One of the many questions I get asked as the ICT head at Sun Valley Group of Schools is which is better?, IT(Information Technology) or CAT(Computer Application Technology). In this blog post I hope to help define a few differences between the two subjects. It’s not that one is better necessarily it’s more a case of which is more beneficial[Read More…]

by November 18, 2012 CAT, Information Technology