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SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING

At Montessori Online Academy, we offer a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

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SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING

Synchronous learning experiences are scheduled group meetings that utilise many platforms to deliver stimulating and interactive face to face lessons.

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ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING

Asynchronous learning activities provide opportunities to consolidate learning and require learners to work through a wide range of exciting learning materials independently.

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Synchronous learning experiences are facilitated by qualified Montessori Directresses and asynchronous learning activities are carefully designed in accordance with Montessori principles to develop  independence and a life long love of learning.

Montessori Directresses are trained to prepare the environment to set learners up for success. They are trained for change and have adapted to the online space with an innovative approach that aims to provide  the high standard of education that Montessori pedagogy has consistently delivered for over a century.

TOOLS WE USE AT MONTESSORI ONLINE ACADEMY

Tools we use for online learning
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ABSORB ACTIVITIES

Absorb activities inform and inspire.

DO ACTIVITIES

Do activities transform information into knowledge and skills.

CONNECT ACTIVITIES

Connect activities help learners close the gap between learning and the rest of their lives.

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21st century skills

CURRICULUM

The Online Preschool and Primary “classrooms” continue to work through approved SAMA adopted AMI Montessori curriculum, including Afrikaans and Zulu as additional languages.

Senior Primary incorporates a focus on the four most important 21st century skills; creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

WE ARE A MICROSOFT SCHOOL

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Recognising innovation, we believe that technology alone cannot build 21st century skills in learners. Technology is an accelerator, but alone it does not enable change. We believe in the power of the educator, and the impact educators can have when they are brought together and recognised for their achievements.

Microsoft’s educator and school programs were created to recognise global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes.

Our teachers have earned certified Microsoft Innovative Educator status. MIEs help Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate and share their thoughts on effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, and they exchange best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.

Our school has begun the journey to whole school transformation to improve teaching and learning. We have joined the Microsoft Schools program and our leadership team are eligible to engage with other Microsoft Schools through the Teams community. Together we find out what other schools are doing, learn from them and share experiences, ideas and suggestions.

WHAT IS MINECRAFT EDUCATION EDITION AND WHAT ARE ITS BENEFITS?

Minecraft Education Edition is a version of the popular open world game, Minecraft, specifically designed for education.

This format of Minecraft Education edition is one that naturally promotes 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration, and problem solving.

Minecraft is already being used in more than 100 countries around the world for teaching and learning history, physics, science, art, poetry, digital citizenship and more.

The game includes elements of building, farming, mining and engineering.

Children must become fluent in current technologies in order to thrive in an increasingly digital world. Parents can help direct their children’s attention to positive and healthy online communities, such as the world of Minecraft. Researchers at Radboud University believe that certain video games provide significant benefits to children, helping them regulate emotions, build strong social ties, and improve other cognitive abilities. The following list highlights why Minecraft can be a valuable addition to your child’s education.