Dealing with the “Techies”

“If we teach today’s students the same way we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” -John Dewey  (Kevin Baloyi, 2017 EdTech Summit Africa Presenter) 

For the students to be effective in everything they do, they need to be taught the way they want to learn. Experiential learning is important because learners are able to learn at their own pace. We are dealing with the net generation and we should take advantage of what they love and use it to enhance their learning. Most of the learners have smart phones and they are always glued on their phones. Instead of confiscating the tool, use it to your advantage as an educator. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying technology is a solution, technology is just a tool that can improve teaching and learning. It is a tool that will never replace educators.

Educators have an important role to play in the learners’ lives. In as much as technology can be a bridge between teaching and learning, learners also need social emotional development and technology cannot be that tool. Educators are still needed in the lives of the “wireless generation”. To teach, and more importantly, to reach today’s digital generation, you need to be able to integrate digital tools into your online classroom curriculum. With the increase in mobile devices also has emerged an amazing array of apps.

As technology advances and as the Internet has become fully integrated into the personal lives of learners, this new “wireless generation” demands always-on access. Learners need to access instruction in meaningful learning environments, and they need this access from any place, any time, and any other – in the classroom, on the school bus, in the library, in a car, hanging out with friends, or at home. 

In order to keep our learners excited about learning, let us teach them the way they want to learn. At the end of the day we are not teaching the subject but we are teaching human beings. Let us shift from the autocratic leadership in a classroom to a democratic leadership, where learners and teachers engage and learn together.  (Kevin Baloyi and attendee, EdTech Summit Africa 2017)

As educators, we need to speak the same language. We need to work together because we have a common goal that we all need to achieve. We want to see our learners equipped with knowledge and understanding. Let us use what they already have and already know. At the end of the day we want to satisfy the needs of the learner, not our needs as educators. Be an educator with the difference. 

My duty is to continue being the Global Minded Educator and make sure that I empower both, the teachers and students. I chose Education because I want to change the world! 

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The Sky Is Not The Limit

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ETSA Team – God’s Window, Mpumalanga

The sky is not the limit, your attitude is.  Once you discover who you are, you will start doing certain things and stop doing other things. Your lifestyle changes. Your environment changes. Why? Because you want to accommodate the new person that you have discovered inside of you.

it is important to know who you are. Your purpose matters. Once you know what your purpose is, your life will take a different direction. The word of God says, in the book of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God has a plan for each and every individual living on earth. You can plan all you want but God’s purpose will prevail.

You should be vision driven and fulfill your vision because at the end of the day you will stop working for the vision and the vision will work for you. You will stop following the vision because the vision will be following you. Open your eyes and discover what your purpose is. What drives you? What are you passionate about? Do you know your purpose? Those are the questions you should ask yourself in order for you to succeed.

Never thought I was gonna be here today

I remember my first day like it was yesterday. Monday morning, 15 January 2001, was the greatest day of my life. I remember waking up at 4 am and wanted to go to school immediately. I knew that I was called for Education. I’m an aspiring teacher – Global Minded Educator today because I knew my purpose from a very young age.  Know your purpose and have a vision. You will never go wrong.

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(Kevin Baloyi, age 5 – first day at school)

Aspiring Greater Heights

“I chose Education because I want to change the world!” – Kevin Baloyi

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Global Minded Educators is a non-profit organization empowering educators in Africa. Global Minded Educators seeks to reduce the planted inequities in the societies by working to provide access to quality education in order to transform children’s lives, schools, and communities.

VISION

To transform the education system globally.

MISSION

To facilitate workshops, yearly summits and other experiences that help create an expansive community of practice with educators that are dedicated to transformative education. Offer professional development sessions around the Africa. Connect educators globally through social media and other platforms.

OBJECTIVE

We want to remind the educators that they have an important role to play in the children’s lives. We are raising a global-minded generation that wants to change the education system worldwide.

As I move forward …

I believe in individuals and I want to see the best in each of them. I have decided to deliver keynotes, professional development to educators that need to spread their wings and  fly. I want to connect students and educators all around the world through possible social media. I want them to share ideas, do a cultural exchange and hopefully do exchange programs where students and teachers from Africa go to the UK or the US and vice verse.

Technology was designed for us to use it in our best potential so I want to take advantage of it and direct it in this direction.

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