Q&A with 2019 Innovation Summit winner
SPARK Schools held its annual Innovation Summit on 15 November at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
The aim of the Innovation Summit is to recognise innovative ideas and practices incubated, and submitted by employees.
2018 winner Ntombikayise Gontyeleni says winning the Innovation Summit gave her an opportunity to network with peers in the education sector.
Gontyeleni won a trip to attend the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.
“The Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) was an amazing experience and it got me reflecting on the phenomenal role I play in students’ lives. That experience allowed me to appreciate the teaching profession- I was surrounded by individuals who were genuinely passionate about education,” she says.
At this year’s event, 10 finalists presented their ideas to over 200 guests and isiZulu teacher Dumisani Mazibuko took the prize.
We chat to Dumisani about what inspired him to create the SPARK Learning Accelerator. And how it will help to drive student achievement.
Q-What is the SPARK Learning Accelerator?
A- The SPARK Learning Accelerator is a digital platform that can be used in the classroom and outside the classroom. The idea behind it was to bridge the learning gaps by looking at each scholar’s learning abilities and finding a suitable style of learning for them.
The platform contains recourses such as games, videos, audio, worksheets etc. These are aimed at making sure that each scholar’s preferred way of learning is taken into account to drive scholar achievement.
Q- What inspired your innovation summit idea?
A- The aim was to create a system that would stop the traditional ‘one size fits all’ approach in the classroom. With SPARK Schools already using technology to enhance learning, I wanted to bring together an already existing channel of learning to one place. This is to make learning easy and accessible to all scholars.
Q– How is it helping parents and scholars?
A- Scholars get an opportunity to grasp the content in a way that suits them through videos, audio, games etc.
The platform also enables scholars to easily recap, revise and go through the school content at home.
Parents can also access the Learning Accelerator and keep track of their scholar’s progress.
Q- What are you looking forward to the most about the international conference you’ve won a trip to attend?
A- I am looking forward to being inspired, learning new things. Connecting what I know, what I have learned from SPARK Schools and what I will learn at the conference to continue creating platforms, systems, and approaches that will benefit SPARK Schools.
Q- Why do you think innovation is important for SPARK Schools?
A- Innovation is important at SPARK Schools, as we constantly have to find creative ways to do things better. Our vision is for South Africa to lead global education. And this is why it is important that we use technology to be ahead of the curve.