This is just the beginning

This is just the beginning, the beginning of understanding that cyberspace has no limits, no boundaries. – Nicholas Negroponte quotes 

They always say that life is not easy. There are no opportunities. The government is not doing anything. I have a question for you; what are you doing?

You cannot complain all the time or see the problem every time without finding the solution to the problem. I believe that God gave us brains for a reason. Everyone has ideas but if you do not make your ideas manifest, you will not go anywhere.

On the 24th of August, 2016, I was on radio, Alex FM, sharing about my life. I shared about my journeys and personal life, about what I went through. I just wanted to inspire that young man sitting at home who is not doing anything to actually open his mind and see the bigger picture because a mind is like a parachute, it does not work if it is not open.

Alex FM

I believe that my future is secured because I have built the foundation that I need. I can go anywhere around the world and still feel at home because I have made friends in many countries. My family is in good hands. I want to build an empire for the special woman in my life, my mother, the one person who supported me throughout the journey. She is my Black Queen and I will forever love her!

What frustrates me the most …

It’s funny how parents force their children to go to school but tell them not to go to school. Confusing, right? I mean, why do you want your children to go to school but you don’t want them to go for the Education career? My question to you is, do you trust the teachers that teach your children? Are you sure that they chose Education because they love it or they had no choice? I believe that if you let the kids choose what they want to do they will make the most of it and put their all to it.

I was discouraged by my family when they heard that I want to be a teacher. They wanted me to choose a career that will make them happy. They kept on forgetting that this is my life and I want to do something that I love and will make me happy. Parents always complain that teachers are not active in class, they are always absent or they are not doing their jobs. Yes, there are teachers who do that because they were forced to be teachers or they had no choice at that time and now they are doing it for money.

The reason why I chose education is because I want to change the education system of South Africa. Those teachers are about to retire so if the younger generation does not step up to the challenge and become teachers, who will teach the Millennial Generation and Generation Z?

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Kevin Baloyi presenting (EdTech Summit Africa)

Education is more than just a career

Education is more than just a career to me. Education is about imparting what you have to the next child, investing in their future because I believe the best way to predict the future is to invest in it.

I was privileged enough to be one of the first African student teachers to be a presenter at the AXIS Summit in July 2016. Before the summit, I was exposed to a variety of different schools in South Africa and the United States. Hence I was able to see the difference and managed to use certain ideas that I observed and attained from my time working in schools in San Francisco. The highlight for me was when I opened my email inbox and saw a lot of requests for my presentation slides. It means that the South African education system is changing, slowly but surely, as the young educators are stepping up.

IMG_2361(Kevin Baloyi and COBB School – San Francisco students)

What frustrates me the most is the fact that many parents discourage their children when they decide to go for a career in Education. They always say things like “there is no money there” or “teachers are lazy, they don’t do their jobs”. My question is, if teachers are not doing their jobs, why are the parents forcing their children to go to school? That was my experience as well when I told my family that I wanted to be a teacher.

I was also part of the EdTech Summit Africa 2016, where I got an opportunity to travel around South Africa and Swaziland, training teachers on how to use certain technology tools to make their teaching fun and engaging. I was the youngest presenter on the team of global educators. My focus was gamifying learning. The highlight of the summit to me was during my workshop when I saw the joy in teachers’ eyes as they were playing a game they could use themselves to assess knowledge gained by their learners. My workshop was titled ‘UNDERSTANDING THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION AND GAME-BASED LEARNING’. That was the highlight for me because it means that whatever they grasped during the workshop, it is going to be used. Presenting to hundreds of teachers including those studying to be teachers during AXIS and EdTech Summit, has helped me to develop my own craft while I worked with others.

IMG_6532 (2)(The EdTech Summit team and Judy Tate, Inanda Seminary School Principal)

I got a chance to learn more about myself through this journey because I met different people that have different cultural backgrounds and different teaching styles. I managed to stand in a crowds of people and deliver what I had to deliver. I consider myself as the ‘Global-Minded Educator’ because I am willing to teach and learn from different educators from different places across the globe.

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 2.57.15 PM(Kevin Baloyi presenting at LEAP 1 – Cape Town)

 

 

It starts with you!

13718659_1057240244312170_7298171610852807089_n“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You can be successful

Once you tell yourself that you are a failure, your mind keeps that declaration and you cannot do anything. You will give up easily even on the easy things that you will be doing.

Let me take you back …

I got a higher certificate for my grade 12 but I didn’t give up, I took the initiative to get back up again by writing the exam again at the end of the year. At the end of the year I did well enough to get admission at the University of South Africa. I am currently doing my second year in the Bachelor’s of Education Degree and I teach English, grade 10. I made sure that I excel in my academics and what I do in my class as well. I made up my mind that I want to be the best teacher in the universe and since then I’ve been getting so many opportunities and making the most out of them. I’m able to stand in the crowds and call myself a “Global-Minded Educator” because that’s what I am. I take what I learn globally and implement it in my class. I invest every little that I have in the hearts and minds of the children.

21st century education 

I believe that, globally, educators should focus more on the students than themselves. Not that they are not important but the reason why they go to school is to change the mind and heart of the students. 

It is important to be a global minded educator because as an educator, you get a lot of opportunities to travel all around the world and inspire other educators and students across the globe. 

You can’t afford to struggle solving educational inequalities because through the teaching and learning your heart and mind is changed. The love of the children will result to the love of your profession and you will understand that as a teacher you are not there as an expert or dictator but an instructor. 

Kevin Baloyi leading a workshop at an EdTech Summit

Understanding the Millennial Generation & Game-Based Learning

Kevin Baloyi talking about the different activities that the millennial generation prefer

Game-Based Learning (GBL) is an instructional method that meets the millennial generation head on by incorporating educational content into digital games in order to engage learners more deeply. GBL draws upon the constructivist theory of education where learners actively make meaning of content by doing, as well as by playing. Today’s students, as digital natives, even without a lot of technology experience think and process information fundamentally different than earlier generations. GBL can be easily incorporated into any classroom and the engagement will be immediate.

This workshop will show examples of Game-Based Learning and give teachers a chance to experience it themselves by designing a game with an online platform called Kahoot. “Kahoot allows you to create a game for any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!” You will see that non-violent digital games can facilitate planning and problem-solving that can be customized to your curriculum. Mental quickness, vocabulary growth, teamwork and memory all are benefits of GBL.