I obtained my B Ed Honours (Natural Science) degree at UNISA, whereafter I started working at Happyday Combined School in 2006. I have been responsible for the foundation phase at Toronto Primary in Polokwane, Limpopo, since 2009.
I discovered early on that the love of reading has faded away amongst our learners and that it was caused by the lack of a good reading foundation as well as a lack of phonic awareness. It really affected me as a foundation phase Educator seeing them underperfoming, unable to pronounce words or even to answer simple questions.
I become demoralised as most of them sleep and seem bored during language lessons, using only readers and our chalkboards. These tools as support materials did not seem enough to achieve my classroom goals. This is when I discovered that visual and listening skills are vital building blocks for learning and decided to build my project around the use of technologies like ipads, laptops, interactive whiteboards and smartphones. In teaching reading and phonics, visuals plày an important role in stimulating my learner's attention which enables them to exploit language and reading opportunities. This devices also help my learners to confidently explore the world of sounds and video that platforms like You tube offers.
I used a Parents Whatsapp group to urge them to allow their children the use of smartphones in order to gain more teach skills like a familiarity with a digital keyboard.
By obtaining Certificate in Computer skills through Avuxeni college and lots of support from my mentors, Sadike and Kedibone, revious winners and finalists of the Ispa Superteachers competition, I was able to complete my project with confidence. My school's IT committee also supported me tremendously during computerlab sessions.
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My name is Dimakatso Sefora, a HOD at Saron Primary School in NW Province. I started working in 1993 and furthered my studies at UJ to obtain my Bed Hons. I then took short programmes in computer skills for Windows and Office, eSkills for teachers, mobile technology in teaching and learning with Unisa and passed all with distinctions.
In 2014 I entered National Teachers Awards (NTA) (ICT Category) and obtained position 2 at Area Office. I then entered again in 2015 and got position 1 at Area Office and 2 at Region. In 2016/17 I motivated educators to enter the NTA and I adjudicated at Area Office level for the ICT category.
Our community (Royal Bafokeng) also uses me to train adults and educators after hours. I take learners after school to a community centre to learn how to use computers. Subject advisors invite me to teach educators about ICT Integration.
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It was not an easy journey but I managed, through the support I got from the ISPA community and team. My project was about Teaching with Mobile Technology with the grade 7(E-FAL).Our school is situated in a rural village of Bafokeng where we don’t have resources. I motivated educators to buy themselves laptops and tablets to help me so that we use them for teaching and learning.
The project is about ICT integration in own story narration.
Learners who were unable to narrate their stories accordingly, the teacher used cellphone to record them as an intervention strategy (Digital learner portfolios).This helped learners to track their challenges during class story telling period and they kept on re-telling as to work towards the achievement of a narrative learning outcome.
And teaching with mobile technology has improved learner absenteeism and school results.
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I am Peter Lekolwane, an educator at Diopong Primary School in Mankweng Circuit of Limpopo Province. I teach Natural Science and Technology in Grade 6 and 7. Even though our school is underprivileged, I strive to use technology in my teaching to make teaching and learning more enthusiastic and meaningful.
Besides teaching I am the sports organiser and I coach soccer and Chess. At home I spend two hours of my evening time at gym doing aerobics and spinning. Sometimes I do road running once or twice a week.
My ISPA project was about introducing computer science through coding. I started the project in December last year and I did coding with two schools, Diopong and Pulamadibogo with the help of my colleagues in IT, Phuti Ragophala and Tinny Molepo. We had limited resources in both schools, but we managed with the help of University of Limpopo 's Faculty of Science and Mathematics.
The biggest challenge I encountered during my project is limited number of computers and connectivity. I also collaborated with Mountainview Secondary School, which had at least two computer labs with connectivity. I managed to do coding coupled with career guidance through skype at this school.
While doing this project I came to realise that learners like working more with computers than being taught in class. I also realised that computer science should be given as early as in the foundation phase.
As an educator I have achieved a lot. Through hard work in ICT, I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert ( MIEE) I was also selected as a finalist in the 2015 ISPA Super Teacher Competition.
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I am a very reliable and hardworking person, a bit on the reserved side and prefer own space. I do, however, open up around people that I know and feel comfortable with.
In my spare time do lot of research with regards to teaching strategies and how I can eincorporate them within my classroom. I watch television a lot, exercise an play a bit of sport (netball). I also like to try out new recipies in the kitchen.
My kids's future is my biggest concern and spent more time with them and teaching them how to read and write.
It has been a very interesting though challenging project for me. My motive behind entering was to encourage or expose my learners to technology or computers at young age and to develop feasible strategies to encourage learning using technology.
I used ICT in my Mathematics and English classes for the project. The idea was to remove the stigma these subjects are difficult. I wanted to show that even kids from poorly resourced school can do better with the aid of technologies. I feel that I have achieved my outcomes that I set out to achieve and I will try to sustain these efforts!
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My name is Mokgethoa Ingrid Sethemane (Ramonyai) and I am a married woman and mother of three children. I was born in Pretoria and grew up at Mankweng (Polokwane). I am a qualified teacher and presently employed by the department of education at Mashile Primary School. I love singing, dancing and sports.
I realized that we really need ICT tools in schools as it arouse the learners interest towards the subject matter. Most of my learners showed a lot of improvement and they also developed research skills. This made a great impact on changing their `attitudes and eliminated misunderstandings concerning our theme of planet earth systems and control. What I could have done differently was to facilitate learners grouping them according to their learning levels to avoid overcrowding.
My entry was all about bringing celestial bodies into the classroom through the use of ICT. The project came about because of the challenges faced in the subject Natural sciences and Technology on the theme Planet Earth and Beyond as well as Systems and Control. The theme is part of the last term of the year when educators are faced with a lot of paper work. Apart from that, the theme has long been taught as an imaginary topic and is thereofre not a reality for the learners.
Learners were gathered in the classroom in the afternoon and carried out the tasks they were expected to perform. The also watched the video and took part in answering the questions they were asked.
I used the internet to search for information. Some of the information was gathered from Sway. Applications such as the Mine Craft, Scope Nights etc. were used. Laptop, smartphones and overhead projectors were used. We asked for help from the innovation project manager whom is a member of the community.
I was selected as one of the ISPA Super Teacher Finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017. During 2010 was awarded a Computer literacy certificate by ISPA /CozaCares. In 2016 and 2017 I was one of the Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and took a part in facilitating learners observing the hour of code globally.
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PRESS RELEASE BY ISPA- 23 August 2017
The Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) announced this week that ten outstanding educators from around the country have been selected as finalists in its long-running ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards.
Set to take place as part of next month’s annual iWeek Internet industry gathering, the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards are a highlight of South Africa’s ICT in education advocacy community. The iWeek event will be held from 4 to 7 September 2017 at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani, a spectacular landmark on Durban's Golden Mile.
The competition is managed by the Digital Education Institute (DEI), a non-profit educational organisation. The 2017 ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competition gives educators an opportunity to showcase their skills in using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the educational environment in their classrooms, schools or communities.
According to Project Manager, Milford Malunga of DEI, “The required projects submitted by the ten ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year finalists reflect the growing influence and importance of the wider, all encompassing digital environment. The judges were impressed by the ability of the finalists to translate global technological advances into local practical applications.”
The ten educators selected as finalists will compete for the titles of ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year, ISPA TechTeacher of the Year and ISPA MobileTechTeacher of the Year and are as follows:
Anel Flack (Hoerskool Standerton), Peter Lekolwane (Diopong Primary School), Mokhudu Machaba (Ngwanamago Primary), Matema Jacobeth Malatji (Diopong Primary School), Marina Myburgh (Crawford College Sandton), Dimakatso Sefora (Saron), Mokgethoa Ingrid Sethemane (Mashile Primary), Amandla Vinjwa (Sivile Primary School), Mmatjie Olivia Rasehlo (Toronto Primary) and Flora Lepota Mokaba (Badimong Primary).
Several teachers are top achievers in previous ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competitions. After participating in educator ICT training managed by DEI and sponsored by ISPA and its members, the above educators' closing projects were judged to be the best amongst the many received that demonstrated the value of the teachers' enhanced ICT skills.
To date, ISPA's Train the Teacher project – managed with the assistance of DEI and its forerunners - has equipped some 5 000 teachers with ICT skills thanks to continued support from ISPA’s members.
South Africa's longest-running ICT in education competition is sponsored by ISPA, a non-profit Internet industry representative body. A fixture of the annual iWeek programme is a gala dinner where the winners of the three categories in the prestigious ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competition are announced from the ten finalists.
More information about the finalists can be found at www.ispasuperteachers.co.za.
Issued on behalf of ISPA by Ivan Booth.
Marina Myburgh has been teaching Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Technology and STEAM for 37 years. She completed a BSc with Mathematics and Computer Science and Masters Degree in the Didactics of Mathematics at UJ when it was still called RAU.
She loves travelling, gardening, cooking and tinkering with new technology. Her first grand child is due in a week or two.
She stays young by having fun! She enjoys learning and discovering something new every day and passionately tries to inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning in her students every day. She is currently employed at Crawford College Sandton teaching IT and STEAM. She has piloted a learning program for the grade 9s to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
She has empathy with many young Africans who find themselves unemployed or, more frequently, underemployed in informal jobs with low productivity and pay and wantsto help students to acquire ICT skills to succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society.
Her entry for the Super Teacher Competition is a STEAM learning programme that is fun and engaging, to spark a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and encourage students to choose STEAM subjects for Grade 10, 11 and 12 and consider further studies and careers in these fields.
She used the Microsoft 365 platform to create an online learning platform and piloted it at Crawford College Sandton in 2017. The students are enjoying the “hands -on” approach very much. She says it is very rewarding to see students helping each other and explaining to each other when they solve problems.
Students became familiar with saving all work on OneDrive. The students learned to collaborate online by working in the same online documents. They used Microsoft Quizzes for online assessments and the students learned how to code in MakeCode for micro:bit and to work with Arduino. They also used 3D printers and a laser cutter and built self propelled cars from recycled material.
The project has been very successful so far and is having a very positive impact. They invited the grade 7s for a fun day and showed them how to design for 3D printing in Sketchup. Other Crawford Schools and other schools in the Advtech group might implement the same programme in future.
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Class site: https://sites.google.com/a/crawfordcloud.co.za/it-with-marina-myburgh/
Good day, my name is Anel. I was born 1 July 1982 in Harrismith, matriculated in 2000 and went studying for my degree at Stellenbosch University. I completed my BPhil Hons degree in logistic management in 2003 at Stellenbosch University and then joined the SA Navy. I was a combat officer and sailed corvettes and submarines. I furthered myself as an educator in 2010 at a private school and then moved on to teach at public schools.
My subjects are Information Technology and Physical Science. I really enjoy my job and love to inspire and enrich my learners.
My journey for this competition was amazing and inspiring for my career. My grade 10 class encouraged me to go through this process and they assisted me to get the project going. All learners and the community benefits from this project.
My entry is about classroom management and curriculum integration through social media. Students love social media and interaction with people. I started small and the programme keeps on growing. I also use different social media platforms to interact on different levels with the learners. Technology was the key tool for this project because social media is the most active platform to use for young learners. I thoroughly enjoyed this project and it will grow immensely for the future.
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Amandla Vinjwa is an educator at Sivile Primary school. He teach Math Grade 4 & 5, Social Sciences Grade 6 and Technology Grade 7. He is passionate ICT (Information Technology and Communication) activist and he used it as a teaching and learning resource to enable learners to develop their full potential in and beyond the classroom, to develop learners 21st Century skills, thus Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity, problem solving, decision making and self – regulation on their learning process.
Due to his interest in Technology he developed his skills in various ways using both free and paid, online as well as offline learning infrastructure or platforms.
He joined the Western Cape Education Department E-Learning Team as one of the E-Learning trainers, training teachers effective ways of using Technology in their teaching practices and classroom environments (contexts) and on that process he grew his love for technology, and became more involved at Microsoft free Online and offline courses. As a result he was nominated as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and qualified as a Certified Microsoft trainer. He facilitated several ICT training workshops, working in partnership with SchoolNetSA and Microsoft to inspire and motivate educators to integrate ICT into the classroom. He also actively participated in Tablet classroom integration projects and took part in 100 schools project.
He participated in local and Global Microsoft events earlier this year when he was selected to attend Microsoft Exchange Education (E2) in Toronto, Canada, as well as a local event, which was held in Johannesburg.
For the ISPA Superteacher Comeptition, Amandla and his learners selected to do a Technology Collaboration in Water Awareness Campaign. They interrogated and explored ICT tools that could work well to get their message across. Their campaign was managed using freely available and accessible ICT tools. They used Google Groups, Google Blogs, Google forms, Google cloud as well as Facebook Groups to collaborate and share resources.
Amandla reflects that participation in the Ispa Super-teacher competition was not a walk in the park, but through teamwork and the ongoing support and feedback by the ISPA Super Teacher Team, he managed to keep going and persevere to the final stages of the project.
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More about him: http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.co.za/2017/06/amandla-vinjwa-advocates-upskilling.html
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