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SMART CLASSROOMS: Queensland school named a global technology leader

December 2009

Tech leaders ... pupils at Hermit Park State School.

Tech leaders ... pupils at Hermit Park State School.

Townsville's Hermit Park State School has been recognised by Microsoft as one of the world's best users of technology in the classroom.

The school was recently selected to take part in Microsoft's Worldwide Innovative Schools Program as a mentor school, one of just 12 across the globe.

Hermit Park principal Clayton Carnes said it was an honour for the school and the local community to be selected for the program.

Mr Carnes joined representatives from the 11 other mentor schools in Brazil from November 3 to 7 for Microsoft's Innovative Education Forum.

Held in Salvador, the four-day seminar enabled schools to begin working together to further develop ways to deliver the best learning experiences using the latest technology.

Microsoft Australia's academic programs manager Jane Mackarell said each of the 12 mentor schools was considered a technology leader in its region and country.

'The schools will play a leading role in helping other schools and teachers throughout Australia develop best practice methods for incorporating technology into their classrooms,' Ms Mackarell said.

Mr Carnes said thanks to the forum in Brazil the school had already developed relationships with schools across the globe.

'We've established relationships with Sri Lanka and the Philippines and it seems the sky is the limit in terms of what we'll be able to learn through the program.'