I was super excited to have been selected to go to E2 in March 2020 but then Covid-19 hit and all of us had to stay home. We all had to venture into a new reality and remote learning became a reality for many of us.
During the #Road2E2 countdown I’ve met many interesting people while being on the #Road2E2. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy being an #MIEExpert. The camaraderie and that I am part of a greater community and that advice is only a message away.
Having had the opportunity to attend E2 in Singapore in 2018 I was excited to go again. This time as MIE Fellow. A friend that I made through the MIEExpert programme Pauline Maas were also invited and I looked forward with meeting up with her again.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused many events to be cancelled or postponed. I am a firm believer that everything works out the way it should. We need to stay calm and not lean on our own understanding. Please share some of your experiences in the comments.
If you think Africa only has migrations of big animals then please think again. The past week or two South African’s have been in awe witnessing the annual Butterfly Migration or butterfly movement. The butterflies fly from the west coast of South Africa towards Madagascar and butterflies join and die along the way. A big group arrived in Johannesburg on Thursday last week and I drove the whole 40 km’s I travel home surrounded by these awesome creatures.
Wakelet has probably been my best discovery of 2019. It is an awesome tool that is used to curate content in a user friendly way. With the new Surf school that officially opened last night it’s going to be even easier and more fun.
I use Wakelet every day either for research or in classes that I teach. I also include a Wakelet in most of my blog posts.
You are invited to ride the #Wakeletwave with me and become part of the Wakelet family.
Building on yesterday’s article and on the #Road2e2 series where I share info about people, events and places that’s come my way on my journey I want to dedicate another post on the people of Sonderwater. I introduced you to this community yesterday.
The community of Sonderwater called me Maspoti. We are not sure why but it could be because I handed out beanies when I started working in Sonderwater. When I arrived in the community you could hear the kids shout “Maspoti!”
In this corrugated iron building we had a preschool in the mornings and needlework classes for the community ladies in the afternoons. The summers where hot and the winters cold but here I learnt that anything is possible. I witnessed miracles here in my own life and in the life of others.
It was during this time that I realized that I am a teacher at heart. So much so that I handed over my work to someone and took a year off to pursue a post graduate diploma in teaching. I would always be thankful to the people of Sonderwater for this realisation.
Om die een of ander rede het die mense van Sonderwater my Maspoti genoem. ‘n Spoti is ‘n beanie of hoed en ek het eenkeer vir hulle Spoti’s uitgedeel wat iemand geborg het. Dis seker die rede hoekom. Ek gaan nie veel se nie ek wys net die foto’s van hierdie amazing mense.
As jy my vra om oor Sonderwater te praat kan ek vir dae aaneen praat. Ek het eintlik oorweeg om dit Sonderwater deel 1 te noem of iets. Vandat ek kan onthou wou ek al mense help. As ek vir mense kan kos gee en hulle van die Here vertel is ek op my gelukkigste. Toe ek van hierdie projek gehoor het, het ons kos uitgedeel by die watertoring. Vandag dink ek ver terug. In jare is dit nie so ver terug nie maar dit voel soos ‘n ander leeftyd. 2005 is net ‘n oogwink gelede. Ek is dankbaar vir elke kind wat ek geken het. Elke kind wat my iets geleer het. ‘n Mens dink altyd jy gaan na ander om vir hulle te help. Maar eintlik help hulle jou. Jy leer wat vir jou belangrik is en wat jy eintlik nodig het. My twee jaar in Sonderwater was ‘n voorreg. Ek sal altyd dankbaar wees vir die geleentheid wat ek gehad het om dit te ervaar.
This post forms part of the #Road2e2 countdown: 58 Days ’till #e2
As a South African citizen I want to see every South African succeed in life. I know that we have all the potential needed to be the best. As a technology educator I believe that it is my responsibility to encourage and assist everyone that I meet to be the best in the current and future world of work especially girls who are chronically underrepresented in the STEM fields to know that they have all the potential and what it takes to succeed to be the best in the STEM field. I have an interest in game based learning and gamification. My goal is to create a space where everyone (focus on women and girls) can collaborate and create games that will benefit Africa. Many of the games that exist today are Eurocentric or Westernized. I want to create games with African characters and story lines.
I have been involved in community projects from a young age. I was lucky enough to have parents that felt the spirit of Ubuntu (I am because we are) I went to Ghana and London in 1997 as part of an exchange programme hosted by Peace Child International(A UN NGO). As a 17 year old I co-founded a computer school on 1998 with my dad called Answer 2001 in Mafikeng. It aimed to teach digital literacy to High School Students. In 1999 my brother, sister and I won the 3rd place in the South African round of the Thinkquest web design competition (thinkquest.com) In 2006 I won the prize for the best NGO in the Potchefstroom (North West Province, South Africa) region. I headed up the Potchefstroom branch of the Thembalitsha foundation at this time. As a teacher I have been involved inAstronomy Quizzes and the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Mentoring students and teachers on their journey to become scientists. In 2015 I was the Organizer of the IASC (international asteroid search campaign) a campaign where students get the opportunity to look for asteroids (partners University of Texas, NASA, SAASTA, Johannesburg Observatory) in a few local schools as well as neighboring schools. I was part of the pilot project for Africa Code Week in 2015. (Africacodeweek.org) Teaching learners how to code using the Scratch computer program. I was the regional science fair director for the Johannesburg region in 2016 and 2017 organizing the science fair with over 1200 participants. In 2016 I coached the South African silver medal winners of the World Robotics Olympiad. (Primary Open Category) and in 2018 I coached the South African Gold and silver medalists (Primary Open Category) as well as the Bronze medalists (Junior High Open Category)
I am happily married to an amazing husband. We have two awesome dogs. We enjoy being out in the country. I am a very creative person always on the lookout to learn a new skill.
Life is a journey and it is what you make of it.
I hope that you will linger next to the road with me every once in a while-hopefully with a cup of coffee in hand.
This post forms part of the #Road2e2 countdown: 59 Days ’till #e2
I invited the first guest speaker into my classroom in 2017. IT was exciting and nerve wrecking all at the same time. Lucky for me the guest speaker I invited was Surani Maithri and she put me at ease during the test call. The lesson went well and I’ve never looked back!! Hosting a guest speaker in your classroom has a lot of benefits. I’ve been to a dinosaur park in India with my class amongst other exciting trips.
Playing mystery Skype is an awesome experience. There are different versions of the game. What the concept entails is that two teachers connect with each other and decide to play the game. The two classes then connect via Skype (or Teams) and then the class ask the other questions to determine where the other class is. I’ve seen this concept work with all ages of students. It broadens students horizons. 2019’s MSFTGlobalConnect was a highlight for me and I have written about that experience here.
It is amazing to witness the excitement of educators and it gives me hope when I see that educators are excited about the students that they teach. As Emma Naas says: The future of the world is in your classroom today.