Mabore Lekalakala

Mabore Lekalakala

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  • Project Name

  • Project Discription

    In this project, mathematics is learned in an innovative, interactive and interesting way with the aim of improving problem solving, critical thinking, innovation, reasoning, self-learning, communication, collaboration and confidence in learning the subject. Learners use applications such as Geogebra, Khan Academy, ixl.com, Kodu, Microsoft worksheet generator, maths computer games, etc. to practice different concepts. They thereafter create songs, flash card games, eBooks and ePubs using record,voice&pen,Microsoft Flashcards, book creator, educreations, song smiths , etc. to explain and share their learning resources. To improve their reasoning and critical thinking, they also use Programming on Kodu and Khan Academy
  • What made you start this Project?

    Today's children are technological learners. They spend their free times watching TV, playing TV, cellphones & computer games. I believe in CONSTRUCTIVISM teaching philosophy, where learners use their existing knowledge to create new learning. Traditional schooling on the other hand requires them to take in information through listening to the teacher, writing and reading. In my 19 years as a Mathematics teacher, I realized that this way of learning works only for a small percentage of learners and that decreases with decades. The rest of the learners find this traditional way of learning very strange and just not for them. They end up either not responding to instructions or simply taking in given information with no/less understanding i.e. learning today and forgetting tomorrow. As a Mathematics teacher, these experiences made me try something new, exciting and interactive that will accommodate almost all learners, hence "Content Creation through interactive Mathematics Learning" project,
  • What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

    The 173 Grade 5 learners I teach this year as well as everyone who is able to access the content on the Web.
  • What challenges have you faced with your project?

    Toronto Primary, a former project school, attracts admission of learners in large numbers every year. On average, each of our 3 to 4 classrooms per grade carries about 60 learners from Grade R to Grade 7. This among other challenges led me to become an innovative educator, to deliver and achieve outcomes irrespective of the challenge of over crowdedness. To run this project with 173 learners was not easy. The school has twenty iPads, twenty computers and a modem that depends on availability of funds for connectivity and these devices are used in turns by the entire school. This is evident that the school has a large need of the above resources to cover all the classrooms.
  • How did you overcome those Challenges?

    I participate in competitions as a strategy for generating second stream funding and to augment resources. As 2013 first runner up, I used the Stars in Education Prize to buy overhead projector, video camera, external hard drive and antiviruses. Over the years, I have accumulated other devices useful for my teaching and development from ISPA, National Teachers Awards, and Microsoft Educators network. I also use computers and iPads at the same time .
  • What have you achieved through your project?

    Learners who completed their projects i.e. to learn mathematics concepts using given computer applications and to create their own contents, are now digitally literate and doing very well in Mathematics and other subjects. Some of them will be receiving overall achievement awards on the 7th of Nov 2014. There is content available on You Tube as well as in the school iPads and Computers created by learners using their own context. The content they have created not only benefit them but also learners around the globe who are able to access internet. They are generally now positive and confident towards Mathematics learning than before.
  • Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

    No

2015 Stars in Education Teachers Award entries



2015 Stars in Education Awards is sponsored by:

Pearson mindset metro-fm argo
 
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