Brazil- Here We Come


ITF Brazil


The time to leave for the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum 2009 (IEF 2009) in Salvador, Brazil is rapidly approaching. This event is a gathering of the global winners of their regional or country Innovative Teachers Competitions. There will be teachers from over 80 countries Navanna, David and Rose ready for the competitioncompeting in 3 categories: Curriculum, Content and Collaboration. As you may remember, 2 Teachers from NI and 1 Teacher from the Republic of Ireland competed in Vienna in March at the European Innovative Teachers Forum. They were:

  • Navanna Doherty from St. Mary’s College in Londonderry/Derry and she presented her Virtual Classroom Tour (VCT) on “GCSE Online History” and you can see that HERE
  • David Stinson from Sullivan Upper School in Holywood and he presented his VCT on “Pupil E-Portfolio” and you can see that HERE
  • Rose Lawlor from Dunshaughlin Community College in Co. Meath, Ireland and she presented her VCT on “Igniting Innovation in a School Community” and you can see that HERE

David winning 2nd place with James Bernard-Head of PiLs They were all terrific pieces of work in using ICT to deliver curriculum and were well received. David’s work was deemed especially good and he won 2nd Place for Content. as a result of that win in Vienna, David is invited to compete at this year’s WW IEF 2009 in Brazil. He also won 3rd Place in a special category “Educators Choice” which is voted on by all of the Teachers competing and in attendance. Getting that kind of recognition from his peers was especially gratifying.

Needless to say, David has been working very hard to expand and improve the VCT he submitted in Vienna. The amount of time and effort he has put into this is staggering and I think that when you go through it, you will surely agree. The original “Pupil E-Portfolio” has evolved and grown into “E-Portfolio 5-65”. The intent is to showcase how an individual learner can capture and track their work and progress and anytime in their learning life. You can see the latest version HERE.

So let’s keep our fingers crossed so David can come back as the 1st worldwide win for NI. You can follow events for IEF 2009 on this site. I’ll be Blogging and Twittering the whole week.


On a much sadder note I wanted mention the passing of Byron Evans ,a dear friend and a true champion for Education in Northern Ireland. He had a passion for Teaching and Learning that would be difficult to match and leaves a hole that will be hard to fill. Our sincerest sympathies go out to his wife Jean and the entire Evans family. May you rest in peace and God be with you. And a warning to all you teachers in heaven- GET READY TO RUMBLE"!!!!

Byron, Victor and Jean seeing Vienna Byron, Victor McNair and Jean in Vienna

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