The ISPA Superteacher Gala event has been a highlight of iWeek 2017 and we captured some of the moments. Thank you to all our sponsors who made it possible. ISPA, ZADNA for sponsoring the gala dinner, WASPA for sponsoring Samsung tablets as well as the teacher workshop and accommodation, Hearshaw and Kinnes Analytic Laboratories for sponsoring wireless two terabyte hard-drives for the winners and Edit Microsystems for contributing big Shox Spin wireless speakers and the Mighty Pen Education magazine for sponsoring lifelong subscription to the edu magazine.
For some of the moments, see the video capture of the iWeek fun. For the Gallery of shared photos, click here.
On Monday the 4th of September the #ispasuperteachers finalists for 2017 participated in a workshop especially designed to heighten their awareness and upgrade their skills with regard to managing their fame.
This innovative workshop was sponsored by the Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (WASPA). The teacher delegates were delighted to be joined by WASPA chairman James McNab, general manager Ilonka Badenhorst as well as Kobus de Vos who joined in the fun. While we are grateful for sponsorship of the event, it meant so much more that our donors joined us to find out more about the context in the educational environment. The teachers appreciated their involvement enormously.
Maggie Verster, an ICT in education expert, led the participants to consider a number of increasingly important questions like:
• Why does a teacher (I) need a digital persona?
• Does it need to be public or private?
• What are the best ways to establish an effective online presence?
• How do I manage my presence?
• How do I ensure my online safety and that of my learners?
• How do I manage all the demand that being online make on my time?
The participants did a digital audit to establish if they have an online digital footprint that portrays their expertise, not only as teachers, but as ICT champions. They were required to create a more visible, effective and safe online presence using the main social media platforms in a gamified and fun environment.
By the end of the workshop, all of the finalists in the 2017 ISPA SuperTeacher Competition emerged as the digital rock stars that they are!
If you would like to host this workshop at your school, call Anatolia on 084 054 6960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
I am Malatji Matema Jacobeth, a grade 3 educator at Diopong Primary School in Gamakanye village Limpopo (Polokwane). I taught a multiple of grades and quite a few different subjects, social sciences ,arts and culture, lifeskill grade 6-7. In foundation phase, I taught Sepedi, Maths, English and life skill grade 1-3. Presently I am teaching grade 3.
As our schools is inclusive, I therefore cater for all learners with love, regardless their learning abilities. I have a high level of responsibility, commitment, dedication and originality as well as leadership skills. I served as the secretary of the music club and the treaurer of the sports club. As a Soulbuddyz Facilitator, I used research to address challenges that learners, and community, come across on a day to day basis. I was an innitiator and project leader on our perma culture project which aims to alleviate poverty for vulnerable children. In 2009-2010 I worked voluntarily as a supervisor for the Khari Gude Literacy Mass Campaign project.
I am a SASAMS data compiler for my school and started computer lessons to equip the foundation phase learners with ICT skills. I do all duties assigned to me with passion and enthusiasm and always go extra mile.
I love sports, served as a basketball and shut put coach and was also elected as the basketball secretary for the Mankweng cluster. I was a also a music conductor. During my spare time, I do aerobics exercises, play Scrabble, read magazine and newspapers and go to church.
My project is mainly about teaching foundation phase learners Maths, using technology to transform their negative attitude towards the this subject. I have used a projector in the classroom and took learners to the computer room for computer literacy lessons. I started working on the project and teamed up with my Torento colleagues. As I lost my mother around May, I expereinced many challenges in submitting my project, while having to make funeral arrangements. I also had to content with network and password problems.
I have received national awards from Soulbuddyz (Soul City) as well as the 2010 supervisor award from Khari Gude Mass Literacy Campaign. In September 2016 I got the National award in ICT and am delighted to be a ISPA Superteacher 2017.
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I’m a 43 year old professional teacher of more than 15 years. I taught from grade R to 12 in my teaching career. I taught primary school Maths, languages and Lifekills; Geography, History, English First Additional Language, Natural Sciences and Technology.
I started ICT in the classroom since 2009 when Coza Cares foundation visited our circuit to train teachers and the same year I became a finalist for ISPA Super teacher and managed to be a runner up. I am a Microsoft Certified Educator since 2015 August, got recognition for being Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert from 2014-upto date. Microsoft Master Trainer from 2015 to date. I have trained more than 600 peers across the country at School Net Conferences, Eschools Network and Microsoft gatherings as well as the EdTech Teams seminars. I have trained more than 200 community members on computer literacy and mostly it was youth and women who managed to acquire their qualifications with accredited Institutions.
I love travelling and motivational talks, I also work with my hands to knit hats and scarfs and do bead work. I am business minded person who is a go-getter. I Developed content for foundation phase using apps and I was awarded the ISPA Super Teacher Champ 2016. I am continuing to build content especially with the subjects I am teaching and upload it to YouTube, Mix, Sway, Kahoot and many more apps. I am doing game-based learning with my learners to solve problems through Minecraft and Scratch and now have introduced Microbit to teach them to program their own work.
During the process of the competition this year it has been a fun filled experience with my learners since whatever we do practicalize it. Introducing the Cybersecurity course to them through lifejourney website is one of their inspiration but the challenge is it has with age 13 which is a disadvantage to others. This has been one exciting project I have ever worked on. Seeing my learners gaining such a lot of confidence and just want to be in the computer room for every period just inspired me, Introducing them to Minecraft and Scratch as well was one of the most game based learning they loved. Making them access learning materials online also improved their reading skills and parents are so committed to helping their children to an extent that they call me after hours to check how certain things are done online.
The Kahoot games is also a breakthrough because learners are playing it with their siblings at home. So learning no longer happens within the four walls of the classroom but extend to the outside world where everyone can take charge of learning. So no one will ever say I didn’t get it unless they lack resource but it can be done at school.
The ISPA Competition has taught me one thing "discipline" I told myself I am not entering this year but knowing I will be denying my learners some adventure in life. I am just being capacitated so as my learners and the community I am working for. My school was awarded special Ministerial award for introducing e-learning at a quintile 2 rural school. I have been with ISPA for more than 7 years most of the time as a finalist and twice as a winner.
I am now featured here http://www.inspiringfifty.com/inspiring-fiftysouth-africa-2017/
as one of the most influential women in Tech across South Africa.
I was also featured here http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/2015/10/01/mokhudu-machaba/ in 2015 for working with the learners with Marula within our school yard.
I was also featured in a number of local papers including the following:
I am passionate about ICT and this has brought od development to my school and the people around me even in my household. I am a very committed mother of four 1 girl who is a graduate for Public Relations and three boys. I have been a bread winner to my mothers household and have been there for my 4 siblings.
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