|Core Group Press Release|
Apple in Education Awards 2015: winners announced
|Issued by: Core Group|
[Johannesburg, 27 October 2015]
Considered the most prestigious and exciting education event in South Africa, The Apple in Education Awards rewards awesome young minds who create innovative school projects using iPads, creative learners who take brilliant pictures with their devices, and the teachers who have guided them.
More about the competition
Now in its seventh year, this competition celebrates tech, youth, learning and teaching, and had more than 1 000 photo and project entries. This year's entries came from grades R to 12 from 42 private schools, 22 rural schools, and three township schools across nine provinces.
Michelle Lissoos, managing director of ThinkAhead, organisers of the competition, Core Group education partner, said: "The Apple in Education competition is an opportunity for our partner schools to showcase how Apple technology has been integrated into the classroom to redefine the way we teach and learn, to meet the demands of the 21st century. It is about rewarding creativity, collaboration and innovation."The awards have become a key event on the education calendar as schools compete for the status of the awards. Prizes are cool, of course, but more than that, it is a testament to the possibilities and potential of how we should and can be teaching and learning in today's world."
Categories and prizes
The competition categories were: Shape of My World, Exploring the Sciences in Everyday Life, Bringing to Life Your Favourite Historical/Literary Figure, Expression Through the Arts, iTeacher 2015, iTunes U in the Classroom, iPhotography and iSchool Press Team. Projects were created using powerful Apple apps and utilities such as iMovie, QuickTime, StopMotion, Book Creator and Explain Everything.
The awards ceremony was held at Redhill School in Johannesburg and the winners received prizes including iPod Nano, iPad mini, iPad Air 2, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Beats headphones, and Apple accessories.
The judges included leading local and international education and Apple in education specialists. The judges were Paul Hamilton (head of learning technologies at Matthew Flinders Anglican College Australia), Bernard Viljoen (architect and founder of "I was shot in Joburg"), Christo Doherty (associate professor of digital arts at the Wits School of Arts), Ingrid Martens (award-winning filmmaker), Beth Holland, US EdTech teacher), Daniel Edwards (director of digital strategy at Stephen Perse Foundation schools, Cambridge), Sabba Quidwai (US EdTech teacher) and Tom Daccord (US EdTech teacher).
Shape of My World: Luca Genovese, The Ridge School: The Shape of my World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSPHGM5mX0c)
Exploring the Sciences in Everyday Life: Thomas Granig, The Ridge School: Gravity and Beyond (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEJfvjz5Fsw)
Bringing to Life Your Favourite Historical/Literary Figure: Matthew Thompson, St Andrews Preparatory School: Winston Churchill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxFaFnHC12I)
Expression Through The Arts: Gabriella Fedetto, St Stithian's College: Lovely (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlS4B2Kma1w)
iTeacher: Lindsay Durrell, Parklands College
iSchool Press Team: Dinakanyana School: How Water is Generated