Brescia House School selected as a 2014/ 2015 Microsoft Showcase School

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

BY HELGA BISHOP

Brescia House School, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, along with four of its teachers, has been recognised as a global leader in successful integrations of technology with teaching and learning.

Brescia has been selected by Microsoft as a 2014/2015 Microsoft Showcase School1 for its excellence in transforming the learning environment to deliver more personalised education to students using mobile and cloud technology. This approach helps to prepare students for success in the workplace.

Brescia House School joins a community of over 150 premier schools from around the world, celebrating their pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment to drive deep 21st century competencies.2 Innovation in education As a Showcase School, Brescia House School will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology, through the hosting and mentoring of other schools in the community on transformational educational practices. “Microsoft Showcase Schools are inspiring examples of how schools are using mobile-first, cloud-first technology to increase students’ productivity and develop the skills needed in the workplace,” says Anthony Salcito, vice president of worldwide education, Microsoft Corporation.3

“With an innovative use of technology, these schools are transforming learning environments and delivering more personalised education to students, allowing them to do more and achieve more.” These Brescia House School teachers among the best In addition to this significant achievement, four teachers from Brescia House School – Tracy Heath, Anne Sugden, Jilian Cederwall and Lyneth Crighton – were selected by Microsoft as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts4 for 2015. Microsoft selects MIE Experts to be part of a global community, sharing ideas, trying new approaches and learning from each other.

This year, Microsoft selected more than 800 leaders in innovative learning. “Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are inspiring examples of how individuals are using technology to increase students’ productivity and develop the skills needed in the workplace,” says Salcito. MIE Experts work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education, build educator capacity for using technology to improve student learning, and advocate and share their experiences with regard to how technology can improve teaching and learning.

In addition, they mentor other educators and help train them in education technologies and Microsoft products and tools. Onward and upward “We are extremely proud of our school and our teachers,” says Ann Owgan, one of the principals at Brescia House School. “Exciting times lie ahead, where we will be sharing our experiences with other schools by continuing to implement innovative teaching throughout the curriculum.”

Helga Bishop handles marketing at Brescia House School.

References:

1. See: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/ 2014/11/06/introducing-the-2014-2015-class-of-education-innovators.aspx.

2. See, for example: http://asiasociety.org/global-cities-educationnetwork/ assessing-21st-century-skills-and-competencies-around-world.

3. See: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2014/12/09/byanthony- salcito-vice-president-of-worldwide-education-onenote-class-notebookstake- on-the-world.aspx.

4. See: http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-ng/partners-inlearning/ Pages/Educators.aspx.

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