Jacaranda College has been selected by Microsoft as one of the South Africa’s Showcase Schools, for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalised education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace.
Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school. Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is an amazing honour and recognition of the passion our teachers and staff have for creating the best learning environments possible.
Showcase Schools are recognized leaders in personalized learning, amplified by 1:1 deployments effectively using Microsoft solutions (e.g. Surface, Office 365, Office Mix, OneNote, Skype), to enable anywhere, anytime education for all students.
When schools become Showcase Schools, they receive:
Θ Recognition and promotion via social media and other Microsoft channels
Θ Inclusion in an exclusive global online professional community for the entire leadership team of the school
Θ Access to partner product trials and Microsoft early adoption opportunities and pilots
Θ Opportunities to share their expertise with world-renowned educators and specialists to scale their innovations
Θ Consulting opportunities within the Microsoft in Education ecosystem
Θ Eligibility to join invitation-only special events from Microsoft
Θ Support to share success stories using Microsoft solutions with peers and policymakers
Θ Support to host tours and events from local and international visitors, and Microsoft executive and field teams to view Microsoft solutions in action
Θ Promotional materials including digital signage, signatures, and other resources
Θ Support for the work of their Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators
Showcase Schools must exemplify:
Θ School leaders have implemented clear improvement plans to drive transformation leveraging digital
Θ School leaders choose and use Microsoft technologies that are used in classrooms
Θ School designs and delivers professional development for staff to integrate digital learning
Θ School hosts visitors and share best practices of using Microsoft technology for teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
Θ Digital education is thoughtfully integrated across curriculum
Θ Personalized learning approaches are highlighted
Θ Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are a strong curriculum focus
Θ School integrates Windows devices, Office 365, OneNote, and other technologies
Θ Device density facilitates 1:1 device learning when appropriate to the curriculum
The IEB is an independent assessment body accredited by Umalusi for school and adult assessments. The IEB offers external assessments in accordance with legislation and Umalusi directives.
The Primary School Initiative (PSI) aims to broaden the awareness of the importance of good teaching and assessment practices at the primary school level. It aims to establish a strong collaborative network of primary school educators who are fully conversant with local and global trends, developments and standards and assist primary schoolteachers in embedding these in their daily classroom interactions with learners. PSI offers primary schools a variety of bench-marking opportunities. These provide rich feedback to schools and educators which can be used to identify the conceptual and learning weaknesses of individual learners as well as areas of weaknesses that are common across the class, phase or school. These can then be targeted as areas for
growth in professional development planning.
A PSI school has access to:-
1. A national support structure for support and
2. External validation of school standards.
3. Access to the latest developments about educational
4. Professional growth through teacher participation in
Learning Circles, workshops and conferences.
2Simple has been making powerful and creative educational software for over 15 years, during which time they have won over 40 industry awards and become a trusted name in the industry. The company is based in the UK but 2Simple tools are used in classrooms all over the world. The aim of the software is to create a space where children can learn while being creative, using the
technology and tools they will have to use for the rest of their lives. Difficult concepts are taken and made accessible for to children of all abilities. 2Simple Software and tools are used by teachers and children around the world, in countries like South Africa, India, Sweden, the UAE, and the USA.
Phonics International (PI) is an cloud-based, highly-organised, systematic and yet flexible synthetic phonics program especially designed to teach the full English Code to all ages who needs to learn to read and spell. The program is written by the leading British synthetic phonics expert, Debbie Hepplewhite who is the phonics consultant for the Oxford Reading Tree Floppy’s Phonics
Sounds and Letters program and works in association with the Oxford University Press and United Kingdom Department of Education for teacher-training.
Mathletics is a cloud-based global mathematics application with over 40,000 students using the site each day. There are over one thousand learning activities covering primary and secondary mathematics. Their goal is to produce a learning resource that facilitates teacher in providing quality personalised, formative and motivational maths for all learners, through these key factors:
1. Differentiation – One of the core objectives of Mathletics is to provide content of an appropriate level of difficulty for all abilities. Teachers can modify and personalise a curriculum plan meet individual learner’s needs.
2. Assessment for Learning – Teachers receive all data in real time on individual learners and their whole class performances. This means that they target their teaching on both a class and individual basis to where it is most needed within their customised curriculum plan.
3. Tangible Improvement and Motivation – Learners thrive in an environment where they quickly see that they are making progress; this in turn motivates them to continue and to achieve further success. Mathletics focuses on what intrinsically motivates students, such as recognition for achieving Personal Bests, Reward Certificates, the opportunity to challenge students around the world and much more.
KFC Min Cricket allows children between the ages of 6 to 12, an equal opportunity to get outside and get active. KFC Mini Cricket is getting kids active around South Africa with over 110 000 children playing in the program while learning the disciplines of cricket. Children not only have fun practicing their batting and bowling skills but also develop self-confidence and get the physical exercise they need, all while having fun with their new-found friends on the pitch.