Innovative Teachers

Innovative Teachers Forum Awards

I’ve been very lax in getting new postings up and I apologise for that. I’ve recently returned from Helsinki, Finland where I attended the Global Innovative Teachers Forum Awards. The event is a key part of the Microsoft Partners in Learning (PiL) programme and is the showcase for Innovation in Education as developed by Teachers themselves. There were 89 global winners that came out ahead of the over 100,000 worldwide entries. I was fortunate enough to host 2 teachers from Northern Ireland who won the competition here. They were Ewan Mackie from Glengormley HS for his entry “Tablet PCs Supporting Applied ICT” and James Maxwell of Ballyclare HS, who was representing Dr. Paul Wilson’s entry “Thinking through Robotics”.

If you’ve already signed up on the PiLs Innovative Teachers site, you can their entries here.

If you haven’t registered, you can do so here. You then go into “view community” and look at the “VCT folder”

Every teacher attending was considered a winner. There was a judging panel of esteemed Educators from around the world that selected the best 24 entries and then chose the overall winner in each category.

A special congratulation goes Tommy Maher from Scoil Naomh Fiachra in Kilkenney, Ireland and his entry “Don Quixote Impossible Dreamers”. Tommy won 1st place for “Innovation in Content”.Party
Video: Ireland project – Don QuixoteYou can see all of the winners here and see a photo gallery here.

I will be launching an Innovative Teachers Network portal for Northern Ireland Teachers in the next few weeks so make sure you sign up after it gets announced. In the meantime you can register on either the Ireland site or the UK site to familiarize yourself.

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