This year’s Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum took place last week in Lisbon , Portugal. Teachers and Educators from all over Europe attended to share, explore and understand best  practice in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Like at  previous events, the UK took an innovative and inspiring group of educators. Four award winners from our UK forum in November:- Lindsey Purdon, from Calderglen High School, Nicki Maddams, from Hartsdown Technology College, Ray Chambers, from Lodge Park Technology College and Katie Boothman, from saltash.NET community school.

The pressure was on these guys as they were entrants in the Innovative Teacher awards that happen every year at this event. Accompanying them were school leaders from some our Innovative Schools here in the UK, these were Julie Taylor and Richard Markey from Havant Academy, Nick Jackson form Fulford High School and Ian Whittaker from Willows High School. We were also lucky enough to have two of our former award winning teachers, Gareth Ritter and Mandeep Atwal who were delivering workshops to  this international audience.

The teacher awards are a focal point of this event and our four teachers delivered excellent presentations of their projects, but the competition was very tough, with the rest of Europe ‘raising their game ‘ somewhat from previous years. But , I am very pleased to say that we, yet again, produced an award winning teacher. Katie Boothman from saltash.NET community school, was the overall winner  in the award for outstanding use of technology to support learning outside the classroom.

Katie’s project called The H.I.T. squad is underpinned by utilizing students' passions for ICT and History to IMG_3456fully create their own resources which can be used as a teaching resource within lessons, in addition to resources used to within partner primary schools. She saw how much students loved using new technologies and she wanted to embrace that so she created this project. The objectives were: to use ICT to increase knowledge of and enthusiasm for History; to facilitate pupil led teaching and learning within peer groups; to develop links within the broader community using ICT and to encourage students to read, write, and peer assess one another’s work through the use of new technologies.

You can see some of the H.I.T. squad in action on Katie’s blog:

http://historywithmissboothman.edublogs.org/

You can read more about the project from this newspaper article here:

http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/Teacher-Katie-wins-prize-innovation/story-14258802-detail/story.html

 

Katie will now join us at the Worldwide Forum being held later this year in Athens. Congratulations Katie, and many thanks to the rest of the UK team for your outstanding efforts. It was a pleasure to showcase such outstanding, innovative and inspiring work.