AWARD FOR CASHTIVITY INITIATIVE AT TOORAK CAMPUS
Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Geelong Grammar School
An initiative that was introduced in the classroom at our Toorak Campus two years ago recently collected the Best in Australia award at the Founder Institute Graduate Awards on Thursday 15 May in California.
The Toorak Campus Cashtivity project, which was introduced in 2012 by Marissa Di Pasquale and implemented by teachers Richard Munro and Jacqui Moses, took the prize ahead of Sydney-based companies Slidefish and Food Orbit, as well as GeoMoby, based in Perth. The Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneurial training and startup launch program, and the annual awards ceremony acknowledges those that have exhibited exceptional progress in that given year.
In 2012 and 2013, Cashtivity was introduced into the Year 5 classrooms at the Toorak Campus by teachers Richard Munro and Jacqui Moses. This initiative supported the students as they collaborated to design and build their classroom ‘businesses’ as part of the ‘Let’s Trade’ Unit of Inquiry. Like Mathletics, Cashtivity is a web-based digital tool designed for practical use in the classroom and the school community.
Among Cashtivity's recent successes is the acquisition of a $50,000 Commercialisation Australia grant to help fund a U.S. expansion, and a spot onstage at the international Women 2.0 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to Ms Di Pasquale, the benefits of Cashtivity are widespread and can differ depending where it is applied.
"We have found Cashtivity is popular in Junior School for integrated learning to help plan and organise school projects like bake sales, fundraisers and kitchen gardens."
"In Middle School, it has a home in the economics and digital learning curricula (and teachers say it could be used in many other areas). Students find the cash register great on market days and the break-even bar becomes the hot spot for gamified learning, as students see the bar move towards profitability with each sale made!"
"Teachers see it as a way to combine real world lessons in Maths and Economics while it develops team work and leadership skills."