Mokhudu Machaba, Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Top 10 2020 Finalist
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What we do?
Zibuza.net aims to systematically improve teacher capacity and the adoption of 21st-century practices by providing an Internet-based platform that harnesses the combined knowledge, experience and investment of the collective education ecosystem to enable e-learning and improve the quality of education outcomes. Our members get access to:
- 1000s of quality educational resources including lesson plans, classroom activities, past exam papers and memos, study guides, videos and posters in all phases, grades and official languages.
- Teachers get access to networking opportunities to connect and engage with their peers as well as the multitude of organisations in the basic education sector including government, businesses, education agencies, unions, CSIs, NPOs and professionals.
- Teachers get access to Continuous Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) opportunities via courses and events for their personal and professional development.
- Members are recognized and rewarded for their participation and contributions to the community. We aim to provide an efficient way for schools to reinforce positive teaching and learning behaviours amongst teachers and learners as a means of increasing their motivation to academic outcomes.
- We are building new features and functionality to provide teachers with tools to deliver 21st century learning experiences.
Why we do it?
Online learning has become a critical lifeline for education. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools moved to online distance learning via platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc. Research to date has however indicated that most online classes aren’t as effective as in-person classes for most learners.
Just like in brick-and-mortar classrooms, it is evident that online courses need a strong curriculum and strong pedagogical practices. Teachers need to understand what students know and what they don’t know, as well as how to help them learn new material. By leading with sound pedagogical practices like Understanding by Design (UbD), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Project-Based Learning (PBL), Differentiated Instruction (DI) and Learning Pathways (LP), we believe we can enable transformative and engaging e-learning that empowers teachers and improves learner outcomes.
We are embedding these pedagogical frameworks into our online classroom feature to help teachers collaborate with their peers and other stakeholders to clarify learning goals, devise revealing assessments of student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities within a country’s standards-driven curriculum. We will address learner deficiencies in both speed and depth by providing teachers with tools to effectively implement Differentiated Instruction in their online classrooms.
Thus, we can build resilience into our global education system by leading with sound pedagogy that is enabled by technology and a collaborative ecosystem that works in unison to create teaching and learning environments that can cope with future crises while also delivering quality education outcomes that is inclusive and equitable.