How We Decide
Every year EdTechSA has the pleasure of recognising educators across our state who have contributed to the leadership and implementation of best practice in learning with ICT across the curriculum and about IT as a discipline.
- EdTechSA Leader of the Year
- EdTechSA Educator of the Year
- EdTechSA Leading Light
Briefly, the EdTechSA Educator and Leader of the Year awards are aligned with the National and International Awards for the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE) and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). EdTechSA is affiliated with these organisations. Therefore, the selection process for these prestigious awards is rigorous.The process for nominating for these awards has recently been updated and outlined below.
The selection criteria for the EdTechSA Leading Light award is less demanding as it requires nominees to demonstrate some, but not necessarily all, of the selection criteria for the Educator and Leader of the Year awards. Winners of this award do not need to be classroom teachers.
For all awards, nominees must be an individual EdTechSA member.
Criteria for selection of the EdTechSA Educator of the Year.
1. Recognition within own institution
The applicant is respected as a leader and innovator in his / her own institution in relation to:
- Work with students
- Work with colleagues
- Work with parents
2. Recognition outside own institution
The applicant is perceived as a leader and innovator by outside individuals, groups or organizations in relation to:
- Work with teachers in other institutions
- Participation in the work and events of member associations of ACCE
- Contributions to conferences and other professional development activities
Criteria for selection of the EdTechSA Leader of the Year
The award recognises leaders who:
- Achieve excellence in ICT in education innovation and development and work tirelessly to improve the quality of education
- Assist in the building of partnerships to advance the use of ICT in education (e.g. school and community partnerships, school and industry partnerships)
- Plan, develop and implement programs to advance ICT in Education
- Provide advocacy for ICT in Education to the extent that their work is used as a model for others
- Serve as a catalyst for policy change and development in ICT in Education
- Contribute to CEG and/or ACCE work and actively participate in the professional communities of these organizations
- Nurture and mentor individuals, groups and/or associations to enhance the use of ICT in Education
- Conduct research and/or write about ICT in Education
- Inspire others to strive for excellence
Candidates should submit an application (of up to 6 pages) that contains a brief biography and organises evidence under three headings:
- Advocacy, support and promotion of the use of ICT in Education
- Mentoring and leadership of groups and individuals
- Setting directions and exhibiting leadership
Criteria for selection of the EdTechSA Leading Light Award
A EdTechSA leading light may be a pre-service teacher, technician, teacher or school leader who has not had the opportunity to demonstrate their achievement of all selection criteria for the EdTechSA Educator of the Year of EdTechSA Leader of the Year awards yet, they have clearly made a valuable contribution to the IT / ICT community.
Applicants for the EdTechSA Leading Light Award need to provide evidence of their contribution to the IT / ICT community. There are two ways to apply for the EdTechSA Leading Light Award:
- Address (as much as possible) the selection criteria for the EdTechSA Educator of the Year Award
- Address (as much as possible) the selection criteria for the EdTechSA Leader of the Year Award