Innovation: local teacher second in world award

2010-11-03 00:00

ANY doubts about South African teachers’ ability to compete on world’s stages were swept away with the recent victory by a Hilton College teacher in an international competition.

Peter de Lisle, an information and communication technology teacher, was named runner-up in the 2010 Worldwide Innovative Teacher Awards.

The awards honour teachers who use technology to transform education and improve the way pupils learn.

The Witness first reported in August about De Lisle and his savvy teaching style, which earned him a Microsoft Innovative Teachers’ Forum (ITF) Award.

De Lisle and four other South African teachers won their categories at the ITF awards ceremony in Johannesburg.

He was among the participants left standing after the pan-African leg of the competition, which was held in Kenya.

He came up against more than 200 000 global participants in the course of the year, after than 20 hours of gruelling private sessions, debates and discussions with 47 judges.

The winners were announced at the sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum held in Cape Town — the first time it was held on African soil — last week.

The participants were judged by education experts from 35 countries.

De Lisle’s winning project centred on biodiversity and looking at a variety of creatures and the environments they are best suited for.

His pupils had to combine thinking with high-tech computer research tools to explore the subject and evaluate the best biome (or ecosystem) the creatures could live in.

The pupils were also required to design a computer game by creating a hostile biome and a creature that would be suited for that environment, which had to be accompanied by writing a story line for thecomputer game.

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