Gugu Radebe

Creating a Student-Centered Classroom: The Thinktank Approach

This workshop centres around apps, websites and studies that challenge the way many teachers teach. It focuses on using what your learners know, want to learn and have an interest in to create a meaningful learning experience and to give your learners a level of independence. We will look at 3 key apps: the TED app, Seesaw, and 30/30 to give teachers an idea of what a 21st century student-centered and engaged classroom can look like.


Gugulethu Radebe is one of four producers of EdTech Summit Africa 2017. She is a history Teacher at the Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown and is also a student at the University of South Africa(UNISA) working towards a Bachelors in Education (B.Ed). She has a passion for education in South Africa, especially in regards to offering equal quality education for all learners. Inspired by a research project she conducted for the U.S. nonprofit Teach With Africa as part of their exchange Programme, she has a strong interest in how the backgrounds of learners inform how they learn. She has also been a presenter at the Aspiring Teachers Summit hosted by the Global Teachers Institute, The Teacher as a Social Activist, and wrote an article for The Teacher newspaper on the same topic. While working at Inanda Seminary in Durban where she went to school, Gugu received a fellowship to serve as the Director of Social Media for EdTech Summit Africa in 2015 and traveled with the international cohort conducting a workshop entitled, Teaching for the Future – The Changing Roles of Both Teachers and the Tools That Help Them. Gugu believes that technology is a strong tool to teach learners in a way that excites them and inspires them to give off their very best. Through being part of the EdTech Summit Africa leadership team she is hoping that South African teachers will be exposed to the exciting opportunities presented by technology and hopes to inspire teachers to explore the ever-evolving world of teaching and learning and technology with more confidence.

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