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NSW teachers given thumbs up for classroom technology

12 September, 2005 | Archived Post
Local teachers win 2005 Microsoft Innovative Teachers Award

Sydney, Australia, 12 September, 2005

Press Release:
Two outstanding New South Wales (NSW) teachers have been recognised as ?Innovative Teachers' by Microsoft Australia for their exemplary use of technology in the classroom. Both teachers have also won places to represent NSW at the Asia Pacific Innovative Teachers Conference, which will be held in Seoul, Korea, in November later this year.

Mr Adrian Bruce from Emmanuel Anglican College, Balina, and Mr Guy Wright from Kingscliff High School, Kingscliff, won the prestigious Microsoft Innovative Teachers Award for fostering student growth through the use of technology.

Fostering student collaboration through technology was a key theme in Mr Bruce's entry, which involved students at Emmanuel Anglican College working together to build web pages, create 3D animations, and compose digital music.

“Technology has created a group of learners working together to solve problems. It also gives students access to a level of creativity that has never existed before,” said Mr Bruce in his entry submission.

“I also collaborate with teachers all over Australia and the world, sharing resources and offering advice almost instantly. I now count my immediate colleagues as those on a worldwide stage whereas once it was just my grade partner in the room next door.”

Kingscliff High School's Guy Wright initiated a special course that prepares students for a future career in the IT profession by giving them practical and ?real life' skills, using the same syllabus normally delivered to Australia's technology industry professionals.

“Current research indicates there is a strong correlation between the effective integration of technology into the 21st century school and the engagement and enhancement of learning outcomes for students,” Mr Wright said in his entry submission.

Mr Wright and Mr Bruce will represent NSW with fourteen other Australian winners at the Asia Pacific Innovative Teachers Conference in Seoul, where Microsoft will also announce the Australian winner of a global excellence award for innovative teaching.

“There is an amazing breadth of talented teachers in Australia who are committed to developing contemporary classroom environments to achieve powerful educational outcomes. It's an honour for Microsoft Australia to be involved with, and reward, innovative Australian teachers,” said Ms Felicia Brown, Academic Programs Manager, Microsoft Australia.

“The innovative teaching at Kingscliff High School and Emmanuel Anglican College exemplifies how information technology can be integrated with classroom practices to create exciting and challenging learning activities.

“The benefits also extend to fostering creativity and enhancing enthusiasm to learn through different approaches, and gives teachers a new freedom to tailor learning to the individual needs of their students.

“Critically, today's students have also grown up in a technology rich environment and expect technology to form a fundamental part of their schooling experience.

“Mr Wright and Mr Bruce have created opportunities for their students to benefit from an array of learning and technology experiences and best practices, showing how technology can make a real and positive difference in all subjects and classes,” said Ms Brown.

The Innovative Teachers Award is an initiative under Microsoft Australia's Partners in Learning programme. Partners in Learning, a joint initiative with State and Territory governments, is a series of programs, investments, software and training aiming to increase information and communication technology skills in teachers and improve educational outcomes for Australian students.

For more information on the Innovative Teachers Award visit

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About the Asia Pacific Innovative Teachers Conference
The Asia Pacific Innovative Teachers Conference draws together award winning teachers from 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region, providing them with a forum to share expertise and knowledge, develop networks and further inspire innovative teaching practices. This year's conference will be held in November in Seoul, Korea.

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For further information or to arrange an interview with either of the winning NSW teachers or Ms Felicia Brown from Microsoft Australia please contact:
Ben Tan/Kieran Moore
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3830 or 0418 488 827


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