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 email@example.com 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.
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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.