Irish teacher wins global Microsoft educator
An Irish teacher, Doreen McHale, from St Philomena’s Primary School in Bray, Co Wicklow, has won second place in the Microsoft 2011 Global Forum Educator Awards’ ‘Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom’ category for her Web 2.0 classroom project. Ms. McHale was recognised for her 'Birds of Bray' project that she carried out with her Irish fourth-class group at St Philomena's Primary School.
Four Irish schools were amongst hundreds who took part in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2011 in Washington, DC.
Microsoft Partners in Learning is a global program focused on improving teaching and learning through the effective use of technology in the classroom. Throughout the year, Partners in Learning hosts a series of professional development events and competitions for teachers and school leaders culminating in the Partners in Learning Global Forum, which will take place in Washington, D.C. from November 7-10, 2011. The event brings together more than 700 of the most innovative global educators from more than 75 countries.
At the event, the winners of the 18 Global Forum Educator Awards were announced, and 18 new Mentor Schools were recognised at a gala dinner.
As part of the conference, Microsoft announced new and continuing collaborations with the U.S. Department of Education, the British Council and the Smithsonian Institution to engage educators to successfully inspire students in their classrooms using technology.
The Irish schools taking part in the global forum were:
- St Philomena's Primary School in Bray, Co Wicklow
- Ballyclare High School, Carrickfergus Model Primary School, Co Antrim
- Scoil Chonglais Post-Primary School in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow
- St Mary's College in Londonderry, Co Antrim