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Microsoft Classroom of the Future unveiled in Cape Town
The first of its kind for education in the Mother City
Last Update 29 March 2017
On Friday 24 March 2017 Microsoft South Africa and the Cape Town Science Centre unveiled the Microsoft Classroom of the Future in the Mother City. The partnership opened the school in an exhibition which showcased the latest educational tools that are available to teachers.
The exhibition was presented as an interactive experience that showcased the evolution of the classroom along with revealing new approaches to learning that will help teachers inspire, challenge and engage with students.
Managing director at Microsoft South Africa, Zoaib Hoosen stated that the mission of the project is to empower people and organizations in South Africa. He said that,” Technology cannot replace great teaching, but it can make great teachers even greater.” The goal is to work with teachers and school leaders to, “redefine learning in and out of the classroom”.
The Western Cape Department of Education and Microsoft has been establishing a successful working relationship since early 2015 and there is a common understanding between the two that technology in education should be transparent and ultimately empower students and educators to focus on learning outcomes.
The learning experiences should therefore focus on empowering educators, digital skills development and simplicity. The exhibition makes it clear that there will be a facilitation of digital transformation in schools through Microsoft as they attempt to harness technology which will encourage a collaboration of ideas to provide children and young people with skills they will need in the world.
Julie Cleverdon, director of the Science Centre said that, “By providing visitors/participants with a progressive view of the classroom – one that allows for creation and collaboration, that enables exploration and assists with the accommodation of any learning style while focusing on student-based learning outcomes – the exhibition also serves as a celebration of change and technology’s role as an enabler of that change”
By Tarina Meiring
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