itslearning has been selected by SPARK Schools, a network of independent schools in South Africa – the decision was driven by the recent partnership between itslearning and Google for Education.
Johannesburg, South Africa– 23 January 2019 — SPARK Schools have bet on the future of education in South Africa by choosing itslearning as their Learning Platform. Starting as a Google Classroom customer for their 15 schools, in 2017, SPARK Schools decided to move to an enterprise LMS. A referral by Google for Education led to negotiations with itslearning in late 2018.
“We are proud to announce that we have partnered with SPARK Schools of South Africa. An initial base of over 10 000 users may double as SPARK Schools has 21 schools today and is opening new schools every year”
Thomas Gunleiksrud, VP of International Sales at itslearning.
Innovation at its best for South African K-12 education
Since its foundation in 2012, SPARK Schools and leader Stacey Brewer have been recognised in South Africa and the region for their achievements in K-12 education. Some of the awards received include All Africa Business Leader Award (AABLA) – Innovator of the Year (2016) and EOY Innovator of the Year Award (2016). These recognitions affirm their belief that quality and affordability are not mutually exclusive when it comes to excellent education.
Brewer also believes that Educational Technology will play a bigger influence in all South African schools.
Gunleiksrud explained, “SPARK Schools is a really innovative network of private schools in South Africa. They aim to combine the best of education technology from around the world with best practices from the traditional classroom, to create world class education.”
Now, along with itslearning, SPARK Schools can integrate the best LMS for K-12 into their academic programs and better adapt instruction to the needs of every student.
“SPARK’s vision is for South Africa to lead global education and we believe that by partnering with itslearning and Google, we will be able to achieve the vision and mission of ensuring access to high quality education for all South Africans.”
Stacey Brewer, CEO of SPARK Schools South Africa.
Partnership with Google for Education
In August 2018, itslearning and Google announced one of the most compelling partnerships in EdTech with a common vision of creating the world’s best learning management system (LMS) integration with G Suite. It didn’t take long for the news to reach South Africa, where SPARK Schools, avid users of Google Classroom, became interested in the itslearning LMS.
This week, the collaboration with SPARK Schools was announced as part of featured presentations by itslearning and Google at BETT 2019 in the UK.
Used by more than 7 million active users worldwide for K-12 and Higher Education, itslearning is the largest LMS provider in Europe.