A little bit about me (from his www.techteachers.co.za site)
I am Computer Applications Technology teacher. CAT is a subject I am very passionate about and I thoroughly enjoy teaching it. I have won awards and been to many prestigious events as a speaker and guest.
I received the Microsoft Innovative Educator nomination from Microsoft and am also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert since 2016. I won the Tech Teacher of Year in 2015 at the ISPA SuperTeacher competition and am a finalist in the 2018 competition. I am a sub-examiner and Chief marker for Grade 12 C.A.T. I was also the Gauteng Regional and the National C.A.T. Moderator for the IEB for 2016 and 2017.
I also enjoy playing drums when I get the chance and used to teach drumming professionally. I have an interest in West African and contemporary percussion and played professionally overseas for a few years.
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Speaker & Workshops
Microsoft Educator My Educator Network Profile page
Microsoft Virtual Academy: I have been a guest presenter in the following webinars:
Featured in : “Towards the Realization of the ICT Education Living Lab – The TechTeachers.co.za Success Story” (2015)
My project is about how I have changed the way I teach!
‘Using blogs empowered by badging as digital portfolios in a 21st century classroom.”
School: The Rock Academy primary school, Fish Hoek, Western Cape.
My goal was to increase the motivation of my learners, and bring fun along with excellence into all our lessons. I thought of some of the 21st Century teaching approaches that are trending at the moment - the paperless classroom, gamification, digital writing, e-portfolios... I put them all into the mixing bowl and came up with an idea. I would get my Grade 6 class to do the term’s work in ICT lessons in a gamified way using blogs, which we would call our e-portfolios to display their work. My lessons would consist of a variety of different types of digital writing, and would be called Challenges. The reward for completing a Challenge well, and in the allotted time, would be a badge which would be displayed on the learner’s blog.
I love this way of teaching and my learners do too. To me it is making a start at embracing the future. The learners are able to share their work with a wider audience and feel proud about what they are creating. My project is improving all the time.
Fiona Beal is an ICT teacher for Grade 1 – 7 at the Rock Academy Primary School in Fishhoek, Western Cape. She is passionate about integrating technology into normal classroom practice. Fiona is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and a Google Certified Innovator. She enjoys introducing her learners to innovative ideas. In 2015 her Grade 4 class joined two other classes in the USA and Taiwan and won the Global Virtual Classroom Award for their collaborative project. Fiona also loves facilitating ICT workshops for teachers in partnership with Schoolnetsa, The University of the Free State’s Ideas Lab and Microsoft.
My online presence:
Google + Fiona Beal
About me: https://about.me/fionabeal
Youtube: Fiona Beal’s channel
Daily Edventures: http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/2012/07/11/fiona-beal
Cyril Nkosana Nkabinde is a Master of Science graduate from the University of Cape Town. He is currently the Head of Department (Natural Sciences) and Information Technology and Communication (ICT) committee member in the portfolio of External Relations and Training at Zonkizizwe Secondary (Ekhurhuleni South District, Gauteng Province). He developed interest in ICT and research skills at an early stage of his career. It is the efficiency in these critical skills that has made it possible to co-author in local and international scientific publications such as the South African Journal of Science and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
His other line of interest lies in leadership and management processes. He believes that managers are key drivers of sustained institutional productivity and success. To this end, he has made use of ICT tools to train educators and the School Management Team (SMT) in his school on curriculum delivery management. His project has demonstrated that ICT can be integrated into the Curriculum Management Model (CMM) to develop managers and other stakeholders to monitor effectively the progress of educators and give developmental support where necessary. He intends to fine-tune this ICT-aligned model to meet future curriculum demands in the 21st century.
He is excited to have taken part in the 2018 ISPA competition and affirms that you are never the same at the end of such a challenging competition. He believes that the combination of consistent hardwork, passion and willingness to make a difference has driven him to these heights of success.
His project topic is:
THE USE OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY (ICT) IN CURRICULUM DELIVERY MANAGEMENT
You can learn more about Nkosana’s project here: http://drive.google.com/nkosana358
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nkosana.nkabinde &
If you have not done so yet, go and register for the competition. The registration process is easy and all you have to come up with to enter the competition, is a project idea/title. You can alwasy change it as you go through the process. You can register here: https://goo.gl/8mJSqa
If you are still looking for a reason why you should enter, here are 10!!!!
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.
Training/ Program: IQMS (Intergrated Quality Management System) Resolution 8 of 2003
Performance Measurement (Resolution 1 of 2003) Schools has to identify their strong and weak points. They also have to determine where were non development in previous years, and what nature of these non-development are. After such analogy schools will be able to plan strategies for future plans to develop as to monitor and manage Institutions properly for the coming years.
After the IQMS process teachers will be able to develop their PGPs which will assist schools in Educator Improvement plan.
Intended Recipients : School management and staff
Date : 18 April 2018
E- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: 076 954 5416
Mokhudu Machaba (18th Annual NTA winner Excellence in Primary school teaching, MIEExper 2014 to date, CPSI special Ministerial award winner 2016, ISPA winner 2013, 2016, 2017, GESS awards 2016 finalist)
To register to attend click here: https://goo.gl/rarih2
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!!!