SMART CLASSROOMS: Digital dream a reality for Yarrabah teacher
Dream time ... Award-winning teacher Jason Evert with some of his students from Yarrabah State School. Image courtesy Chris Hyde, The Cairns Post.
A far north Queensland state school teacher has beaten off competition from across the Asia-Pacific to be named as one of the region's most innovative technology teachers.
Yarrabah State School teacher Jason Evert was awarded the title of Best Change Agent at the 2009 Asia Pacific Microsoft Innovative Teachers Awards, held recently in Kuala Lumpur.
Mr Evert's use of technology in the classroom has brought teachers and students together with the local Indigenous community in a project named Digital Dreaming.
This project involves Yarrabah students recording legends of the Gungandji and Yidingi people at sacred locations.
Back in the classroom, the students create movie animations of the legends using a digital video camera and materials such as cardboard cutouts and plasticine.
Mr Evert said Digital Dreaming was divided into two sections, Little Fella for the lower reading levels and Big Fella for the higher reading levels.
This innovative use of technology is not only engaging students but enhancing their learning and literacy skills as well.Mr Evert said the next step was to add more stories, which he hopes could turn this seven-year project into a decade-long venture.