Anel Flack used social media with her learners and entered what she did as a project for the #ispasuperteachers competition. Listen to how she went about doing that and her experiences during the competition.
Today we are featuring another one of our #ispasuperteacher finalists, Dimakatso Sefora. She used storytelling with her learners and incorporated ICT in a simple yet highly effective way to motivate and inspire her learners. If you are still wondering if you must enter the #ispasuperteachr competition, listen to her story about her journey with technology and how she went about submitting her entry for the competition.
Our next #ispasuperteacher to be feauture is Erika Esterhuizen, one of our winners from 2016. Learn and be inspired by what she did as a project for the competition. You can also learn more about her and connect with her here: goo.gl/Uo8Rok
Last year Amandla Vinjwa was the winner of our Ispa Super Teacher of the Year award. It was the first time that he entered, which is good motivation for all the newbie teachers out there who are too scared to take the leap and register!!
He told us that the competition was not quite a walk in the park and that it took a bit of perseverance. The great news is that he got a lot of support and feedback from the ISPA Super Teacher Team, which made it possible for him to keep going through all the stages of the competition.
For the ISPA 2017 competition, Amandla and his learners selected a very topical project to do, namely a Technology Collaboration in Water Awareness Campaign. They interrogated and explored ICT tools that could work well to get this important 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 around water use awareness.
So now it is your turn to think about a topical idea for your project. Don't be scared to enter. You will learn a lot along the way and if you get stuck, there will be support to get you through the stages.
For some inspiration, hear what Amandla has to say about his experiences in participating in the #ispasuperteachers competition:
In the run-up to the close of registration for our #ispasuperteachers competition, we will be featuring quite a few of our winners as well as finalists and their experiences of being part of this competition. It is therefore only apt to start with Mokhudu Machaba who not only has won this competition 3 times, but who has also gone on to win quite a few other accolades and competitions featuring ICT in Education!
She has been participating in this competition since 2009 and always made sure that she goes from strength to strength, never giving up, learning along the way. Every year we get a plethora of registrations from Limpopo and we suspect that it can be contributed in part to Mokhudu's caring and mentorship of her colleagues. She has used what she has learned, not just to engage her learners, but also to teach and support other teachers in getting familiar with the use of ICT in the classroom.
To illustrate her commitment to supporting her colleagues, she has trained more than 600 of her peers across the country at various conferences. She has presented workshops and done presentations at the SchoolNet, E-schools Network, Microsoft, South African Basic Education and EdTech conferences. She has trained principals at Bojanala district in the North West in 2015 and at the SAPA Conference in 2016. She was also chosen to represent us in 2015 at the E2 global conference, in Redmond, USA.
Her journey with technology has included working towards her Microsoft Certification and she has been a Microsoft Master Trainer since 2015. She has also extended her love for technology to her community where she has helped youth and women to become computer literate.
After entering and winning the #Ispasuperteachers competition, there was no stopping her and she has conquered quite a few competitions since. She was a finalist of the EDUWEEK 2016 Awards, the GESS 2017 awards, and this year she was a Winner of the 18th Annual teaching awards for Excellence in primary school teaching. She was also chosen as one of 50 most influencuel tech woman in South Africa last year.
The IPSAsuperteachers competition has, in a way been the original catalyst for Makhudu and she in turn has been mentored and supported to enter by previous ISPASuperteacher winners, Phuti Ragophala, Mabore Lekalakala as well as the first #ispasuperteacher winner Mmipe Mokgehle better known as Uncle George. We are therefore looking forward to getting many more teachers to follow in her footsteps!!!