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Microsoft5 August 2015 - It’s that time of the year where Microsoft South Africa is on the search for passionate educators who implement innovative teaching methods to inspire students with outside-the-box thinking through collaboration.

Microsoft South Africa believes that technology plays an integral role in accelerating teaching methods in developing skills among students. The power of the educator, and the impact educators can have when they are brought together can transform the experiences in classrooms.

The MIE Expert program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers.

MIE Experts work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate and share their thoughts on effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and they exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.


Innovative teaching in Limpopo

Phuti Ragophala in BarcelonaMIE Expert Phuti Ragophala presenting her innovative teaching method in Barcelona, 2014.One of the MIE Experts is Phuti Ragophala, principal of Pula Madibogo Primary School in Limpopo. This school is situated in the semi-rural area of Mankweng where accessing the internet is a challenge and where teachers are already dealing with the challenges of limited resources and overpopulated classrooms. Phuti submitted a teaching method to the Microsoft Educator Network entitled Today’s learners! Tomorrow’s great thinkers and scientists!

In this method learners first completed a lesson on inequality in South Africa and then were challenged to come up with a sustainable way of fundraising for needy community members. The learners developed an “all-purpose ointment” and have promoted it through a website they developed to raise money. This activity not only showed learners that they have the ability to solve real problems, it also promoted collaboration and critical thinking and the use of local resources.

Phuti has had two opportunity to attend a Microsoft in Education Global Forum – in Barcelona in 2014 and Dubai in 2015. These professional development events have grown Phuti’s professional network to include teachers throughout the world. In fact, one teacher from the USA who Phuti met in Barcelona was so moved by Phuti’s description of her learners that she arranged for books to be donated to Pula Madibogo Primary and has conducted Skype reading sessions with the learners.

Phuti says that from the Microsoft in Education Forums “I have learnt how technology should be used as a supporting tool and an educational booster to assist the teacher and learners to meet the objectives of a lesson”.


How to nominate the next MIE Experts

Schools and students are encouraged to nominate their teachers on the Microsoft SA Facebook page to stand a chance to win a trip to the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange Forum in 2016 by commenting in 30 words using this link: Educators can also nominate themselves & stand a chance to win great prizes. Competition closes 21 August 2015.

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