Nov. 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Three New Brunswick teachers and a school have been recognized internationally for their innovative classroom use of technology to improve student learning.
The three teachers were among more than 250 from around the world honoured earlier this month at Microsoft's Innovative Education Forum in Brazil. The teachers are:
École Régionale-de-Saint-André was one of 30 schools worldwide to be named a Microsoft Pathfinder School. Pathfinder schools have demonstrated strong school leadership with a proven record of innovation and the successful implementation of change.
"Partnerships such as this one with Microsoft's Partners in Learning program connect New Brunswick teachers and students to a world-wide learning community, and develop the skills that our students will need for success in tomorrow's worldwide workplace and economy," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "And it is outstanding teachers such as the three who have been recently recognized who use these partnerships to the full benefit of students."
The teachers were among thousands participating in country and regional-level competitions who were challenged to use technology to develop innovative projects that improve such 21st-century skills as critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, communication, contextual learning, creativity, and information and media literacy. After each competition winners moved to the next level, with the competitions culminating at the yearly global summit.
"For more than five years the Department of Education in New Brunswick and Microsoft Canada have been collaborating to help ensure that teachers have the support, tools and resources they need to help their students succeed in the 21st century," said Jacinthe Robichaud, manager of Partners in Learning, Microsoft Canada. "The forum was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the many successes of New Brunswick educators, with three teachers and École Régionale-de-Saint-André being recognized in Brazil for innovative teaching practices. We congratulate them, and look forward to future initiatives that support the creative use of technology in the classroom."
"I was honoured to attend this conference and share my students' work with other technology-focused educators," said Daley. "My involvement with this program has reinforced my belief that technology can increase student engagement in school, and help them prepare for life outside the classroom."
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Kilfoil, 506-444-4919, or Johanne Le Blanc, 506-453-3085, communications, Department of Education.