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!!!
The Internet Service Providers' Association of South Africa (ISPA) and the Digital Education Institute (DEI) have issued a joint call for the country's teachers to enter the 2018 ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Competition.
Registration opens on 01 March 2018 and will close on 30 April 2018. Amongst other requirements, competition entrants must submit a completed ICT in Education project that outlines the successful implementation of ICT skills and technologies within the schooling environment. All pertinent details are available on www.ispasuperteachers.co.za.
One of the country’s premier ICT in education accolades, the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards are a much-anticipated fixture of the annual, long-running iWeek Internet industry conference and exhibition and have been held every year since 2001. The iWeek event takes place in September each year and this year’s conference and exhibition will be hosted in Cape Town.
Last year’s ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards Gala Dinner saw the crowning of Amandla Vinjwa as ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year, Marina Myburgh as ISPA TechTeacher of the Year and Mokhudu Machaba as ISPA MobileTech Teacher of the Year for 2017.
According to project manager Milford Malunga at DEI, “The ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards are well respected in education circles, both for their longevity and for the huge role the Awards have played in terms of encouraging teachers to pioneer ICT in their classrooms.”
The teacher project has equipped over 5 000 teachers with ICT skills thanks to continued support from ISPA’s members who pledged their further support at iWeek in 2017.
In previous years, only educators who had participated in ISPA's 'Train the Teacher' ICT skills programme were eligible to submit projects for adjudication by the ISPA SuperTeacher judging panel. Opening the competition up to all educators currently teaching at schools throughout South Africa recognised that tremendous strides have been made in equipping local teachers with the kind of ICT skills that they may want to showcase, even though they may not have received these skills through ISPA and the DEI’s ICT in education interventions.
The three ISPA SuperTeacher award-winners each receive a trophy as well as various sponsored prizes.
See the www.ispasuperteachers.co.za page to register for the competition, for more information on the three award categories and detailed competition entrance requirements.
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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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.
About my journey
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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