Parklands’ teachers and students awarded for revolutionising education in the classroom
Johannesburg, 6 November 2018 — iStore South Africa and Think Ahead last week presented the annual Excellence in Education Awards 2018.
The prestigious Excellence in Education Awards event is the vehicle for educators and students to creatively explore using Apple technology and bring the curriculum to life in classrooms. The awards aim to acknowledge the need for classroom practices to adapt to the changing world, and this year more than 500 entries were received from schools across South Africa.
Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, presented the judges in each of the categories, and announced the runners-up and winners in each category. She commented, “Education needs to change to meet the demands of the world in which we work, live and learn. We need to ensure we develop skills such as creativity, critical problem solving and collaboration. The Excellence in Education Awards promotes and celebrates this critical educational shift.”
Richard Knaggs, Director of Technology Innovation at Parklands College, added, “Thank you for your contribution to South African education by promoting excellence in educational technology through the Excellence in Education competition. I believe it is a platform that motivates teachers to make a real difference in the lives of the children they touch. It was an honour to have our learners and teachers recognised.”
Parklands College won the following categories:
1. Curriculum Challenge, Gr 8 – 9, with their video “Unity in Community” (watch it here https://youtu.be/BIa3pP8vMJs)
2. Curriculum Challenge, Gr 10 – 12, with their video “Venus Flytrap” (watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRnP1_ENzo4)
The Curriculum Challenge gave teachers and students the freedom to apply creativity across any area of the curriculum, subjects and cross-curricular projects achieving various learning objectives.
Parklands College also won 2nd and 3rd place awards in the other categories, including:
• Category for Artistic Excellence, where students had the opportunity to express themselves through the Arts and were encouraged to submit any project that focuses on artistic expression forms including drama, music, visual art, etc.
• Category for Coding Challenge, which gave students the freedom to share their original app or website with the world.
• The year 2018 marks a major milestone in the incredible story of Nelson Mandela – his centenary. The #Mandela100 category gave students the opportunity to honour the Mandela legacy.
To view all the awards, categories, nominees and winners, please visit the website: http://www.edexcellenceawards.co.za
“Technology integration in schools is important to us and through initiatives like Excellence in Education, we are able to help school practitioners design and implement the best possible education experiences for teachers and students”, says Chris Dodd, CEO of iStore, adding that iStore is empowering teachers and students by giving them access to advanced educational technology, facilitating learning, knowledge and skills required in the 21st century and celebrating their success through the Excellence in Education Awards.
iStore is an Apple Premium Reseller (APR) which is a dedicated hub for Apple products and accessories. With 25 stores conveniently situated across the continent, iStore is the largest APR in Africa. iStore aims to maximise customer value offerings by providing an authentic Apple experience and extensive range of connected devices, as well as exclusive services such as in-store complimentary training, technical support, and technical setup. iStore also offers many different way to buy including cash purchases, contracts on various mobile networks and financing options for both consumers and businesses.
About Think Ahead
Think Ahead works in partnership with schools to support them in their 21st century teaching and learning journey. Think Ahead helps school practitioners design and implement the best possible education experiences for teachers and students – in the most cost-effective, sustainable and accessible way possible. Think Ahead offers a whole-school programme to lead schools through meaningful technology integration.
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