A New Look and New News

Well, as you can see the site has taken on a new look. My old Spaces site has moved into WordPress. I’m still getting used to the changes but I really like the functionality and tools that WordPress has on offer.

As you know, we lauched the Innovative Teachers Competition last month. This year the winners in NI will be going to Moscow in March 2011 to compete!! How’s that for an incentive. Please make sure you tell all of your colleagues to get involved and you can find all of the information on my previous post. Most importantly, you need to join the Partners in Learning Global Network and then join my NI IEF Moscow 2011 Community

Our success in the past 3 years has been outstanding, so let’s make sure we continue to showcase the great work that is being done by teachers in Northern Ireland

Later this month, I will be heading to Capetown, South Africa for the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (WW IEF)2010. There will be 2 tracks taking place at the same time during the week. The 1st track will be the WW IEF Teachers Awards Competition. Barry Corrigan from Millennium Integrated Primary School in Saintfield, NI and Ursula Hynes and David Walsh from Ratoath College in County Meath will be participating in that event. They will be exhibiting their work and competing against over 200+ teachers from 100+ countries from around the world.

The 2nd track will be for the Microsoft Innovative Schools Programme. There will be 4 schools from Ireland represented at this year’s event. Dunshaughlin Community College is one of the 26 Mentor Schools in the programme and was originally one of the 1st 12 Microsoft Global Schools of the Future. Along with Dunshaughlin, this year Ireland and Northern Ireland were one of the most successful country applicants in the world. We had 3 new schools accepted onto the Pathfinder Programme. They were Ashfield Girls High School in Belfast, St. Mary’s College in Derry/Londonderry and Blackrock College in Dublin. You can see my previous post HERE. There will be 2 representative from each school attending the event where they will be meeting all of the schools currently participating worldwide. There are only 54 Pathfinder Schools in the world and Ireland (that little island 🙂 ) has 3 of them. Unfortuately, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Co. Kilkenny is not able to attend this year. Scoil Naomh Fiachra was successful in their Pathfinder submission last year. The 1st school from Ireland to be accepted!

This should be an exciting and enlightening event for all attendees (me included) so make sure you bookmark this site to get all of the upates.

I will also be twittering while I’m there and you can follow me at @tjinbelfast (http://www.twitter.com/tjinbelfast)

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1 Response to A New Look and New News

  1. Pingback: 5 Days to Go | Partners in Learning Ireland (N+S)

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