Congratulations to the following educators who were selected to participate in the E2 Education Exchange taking place in Singapore between 12 and 15 March 2018:
- Amanda Calitz - Curro: Riverside
- Charmaine Roynon - EDU 365 SA
- Jonas Letsoalo - Kgetsa Primary School
- Margaret Tracey - Hillcrest High School
- Paula Barnard - eFundanathi & eZone at Wits
- Xoliswa Mahlangu - Future Nations College
- Charl Bloomberg - Curro: Waterfall
- Noxolo Mongwe - Curro: Clayville
These teachers were selected based on their active participation in the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program; their sharing of learning activities on the Microsoft Educator Community; and their commitment to continuous professional development in the field of digital learning.
They will be joined by Phuti Ragophala - a Microsoft Fellow and the former principal of Pula Madibogo Primary in Limpopo. Phuti, who has retired from the traditional classroom, will be speaking at E2 about using online collaborative platforms to create a "Classroom in the Sky". Ronelle Klinck - a Microsoft Learning Consultant will accompany the group.
Anthony Salcito, Vice President - Microsoft in Education, says, "Every day I’m inspired by educators who innovate in the classroom and provide the best learning opportunities for their students. Educators are sparking creativity and curiosity in their students, by embracing modern teaching and learning, innovative curriculum, and by providing immersive experiences with technology. To celebrate these amazing educators and provide them with the opportunity to collaborate with each other, Microsoft is hosting the annual Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) event, as it has done for more than a decade.
Singapore was selected as the host country for E2 as it has a highly regarded education system, one of the highest literacy rates in the world and students regularly scoring top marks in maths and science.
We wish our South African teachers well as they head to Singapore - and look forward to following what they are doing while they are there - and learning from their experiences upon their return to South Africa.