Mmipe Mokgehle, who teaches at the Toronto Primary School in the Limpopo Province, has won the peer review category of the Microsoft Innovative Teachers awards.
As part of his prize, Mokgehle's school has has been awarded a SMART Board interactive whiteboard from SMART Technologies and a data projector from NEC.
The worldwide Microsoft Innovative Teachers awards recognise teachers who practise elements of 21st century learning and then incorporate these skills in the student learning environment. In the peer review category, the 20 finalists assessed each others' lessons and nominated the winner.
Mokgehle won the peer review category for his project on "Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Biodiversity Conservation" at Toronto Primary School. This project saw Grade 7 learners use information technology to create awareness of the sustainable use of indigenous plants and herbs in the community.
Now in its third year, the Microsoft Innovative Teachers awards are a collaboration between Microsoft South Africa and the Department of Education. Major support is also received from the School Technology Innovation Centre, Dell SA Development Fund, Leaf Wireless, SMART Technologies, Mindset, Learnthings Africa, NEC, SchoolNet SA and The Teacher.