Matthew Hains

I am a Computer Applications Technology teacher. CAT is a subject I am very passionate about and I thoroughly enjoy teaching it. I have won awards and been to many prestigious events as a speaker and guest, ranging from various conferences in South Africa to overseas engagements to talk about Tech Teachers and my work.

I received the Microsoft Innovative Educator nomination from Microsoft and am also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert since 2016. I won the Tech Teacher of Year in 2015 at the ISPA SuperTeacher competition and was a finalist in the 2018 competition.

I am, when I am not teaching, studying for my Masters in Education (ICT in Education).

I am the author of  "Digital Classroom Resource – Essential Terms and Concepts for CAT and ICT"

I am a Senior sub-examiner for Grade 12 C.A.T. NSC Practical and Theory exams. I was also the Gauteng Regional and the National C.A.T. Moderator for the IEB for 2016 and 2017.

I also enjoy playing drums when I get the chance and used to teach drumming professionally. I have an interest in West African and contemporary percussion and played professionally overseas for a few years.


  • Educator
  • Trainer
  • Speaker
  • Author
  • Microsoft Minecraft Global Mentor
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
  • Certified Smartboard Trainer

IEB appointments

  • IEB Senior-Examiner Marker - Gr12 C.A.T. NSC Paper  1 and 2 (2018)
  • IEB Examination Marker - Gr12 C.A.T. NSC Paper 1 (2018)
  • Gauteng Regional & National IEB Moderator – C.A.T PAT & SBA (2016 & 2017)
  • IEB Senior-Examiner Marker - Gr12 C.A.T. NSC Paper 2 (2017)
  • National IEB Teacher Conference convener – C.A.T. (2017)
  • Cluster Leader (2016)
  • IEB Gauteng Subject Forum Representative C.A.T. (2014 & 2016)
  • IEB Senior-Examiner Marker – Gr12 C.A.T. NSC Paper 2 (2016)
  • IEB Sub-Examiner Marker – Gr12 C.A.T. NSC Paper 1 & Paper 2 (2015)

Press & Media



Speaker & Workshops

Microsoft Educator

My Educator Network Profile page

Microsoft Virtual Academy

I have been a guest presenter in the following webinars:


Featured in : “Towards the Realization of the ICT Education Living Lab – The Success Story” (2015)

Coming soon: The Digital Classroom Resource by Matthew Hains