Tell us about yourself and your school
My name is Kathryn Riva and I am a Grade 5 class teacher at Micklefield School in Cape Town. I teach English, Mathematics, Natural Science and Technology, Social Science and Life Skills. I am also in charge of a staff computer up-skilling programme at our school.
Give us some details about your learning activity on the Microsoft Educator Network
I did not have one project that I focused on. Instead I uploaded 13 ideas of how I have infused computer technology into my lessons and assessments, using Microsoft and Web2.0 tools. They can be viewed at: http://www.pil- network.com/profile/resources/93c9c707-803f-4fac-a53b-bc1e294a0b5e. You will need to log in to the Microsoft Educator Network first to view these. If you have not yet joined the Microsoft Educator Network please do – it is an amazing resource for teachers (http://www.pil- network.com).
How you feel about being selected as a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert?
It is a great honour to be chosen as a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. It is wonderful how Microsoft acknowledges the teaching profession and the wonderful ideas and creativity teachers bring into their classrooms. I look forward to learning more about and trying out what Microsoft has to offer the world of education. I recently attended the Global Forum in Dubai with three other South African teachers – it was an unforgettable experience and an honour.
What do you love about teaching?
I love that at Micklefield I am given the freedom to use computer technology in my classroom as well as create blended learning tasks. The children find using technology exciting and it teaches them a different way of problem solving and thinking while becoming more confident in using technology. I find that the work that the children produce is of a higher level and I can extend the learners without them feeling any pressures. It is a very exciting era in which to be in the teaching profession.
What you would like to see happening in education?
I would like to see teachers upgrade their computer skills to enable them to keep up with the times and keep the children they teach interested. I would like to see children learning with passion, excitement and computer confidence.