South Africa Summer 2016 Blog

University of the Witwatersrand
June 22, 2016 to July 16, 2016

Day Fourteen!

Rebecca Gould

July 7, 2016

We got some great information from Karen Walstra from Google. Below are the links and information she has shared with us. I hope you make the most of it all! 


Here are some links I thought may interest you:
  • Google for Education website:  which offers an online, educational platform to registered schools, with apps, tools, a control-administration panel and a 24/7. Google apps for Education is free to schools, schools would register using their own domain name, the school's data is seen as their own data and Google has strict and secure privacy, security and control policies and tools which apply when using Google for Education for all users under that school's domain name.

  • Control - Manage security and privacy policies for all organisations, sub-organisations, groups and users in the Google Apps for Education Admin Console

Some of the Google for Education information is in the links below:

Google for Non-profit is launched here in South Africa, the NPO needs to be registered, on the South African website, called SangoNet.
To register with Google for Non-profit, here
G4NP Members will gain access to premium Google products and support, including:
  • Google Ad Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, and increased uploading capacity.
  • Google Apps for Nonprofit: Free version of the Google Apps business productivity suite, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and more.
Coding clubs and other Google programmes for teachers and students - please explore:
C S First Clubs
Please get learners coding using C S First Club - your create a club. Use the online materials. Learners learn to code by watching videos, and then doing the activities in MIT's Scratch.
Explore the website and begin a club or two are your school today!

Google Science Fair
Please get learners aged 13 - 18 years old to enter the Google Science Fair in 2017 Hop onto the website:
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Open Online Education - build your course on Course Builder

Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum specifically geared at students and educators, with a focus on online safety. The curriculum covers:
Becoming an Online Sleuth-  In this class, students will identify guidelines for evaluating the credibility of content online.
Manage your digital footprint Students will be empowered with the information to make safe and appropriate decisions online by learning the importance of online citizenship, how to manage and create a positive reputation online and how to always explore the Internet and other digital communication in a safe manner.
Identify tricks and scams online  students will learn how to avoid online tricks and scams, and learn best practices of how to conduct themselves online.

Google cardboard:
Virtual Space is building cardboard in South Africa, see their website at za
Pricing for bulk orders is available contact:  Richard McAdam <>
Expeditions is launched
Google's Computational Thinking  - I think this course would really interest you - comsider doing it and gettting others to do it 
Google Developers Groups  - Join a Club or start a Club

Day Twelve

Meryam Bukhari

July 5, 2016

Slides from today's curriculum are here:

Day Eleven

Meryam Bukhari

July 4, 2016

Slides from day eleven are here:

Day Nine

Meryam Bukhari

July 1, 2016

Slides from today's curriculum are here:

Day Eight

Meryam Bukhari

June 30, 2016

Slides from today's curriculum are here:

Slides from Samantha Pokroy's presentation are here:

Day Seven

Meryam Bukhari

June 30, 2016

Slides from today are here:

Some food for thought for early stage entrepreneurs from one of our sponsors, Ignitor:

Day Six

Meryam Bukhari

June 28, 2016

Slides from day six are here: