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SMART CLASSROOMS: Our top eLearning teachers take a bow

September 2009

Teacher and student.

This year's Smart Classrooms Teacher Awards winners with Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson and Director-General Julie Grantham.

Twelve teachers have been recognised for their excellence in teaching and learning using information and communication technology (ICT).

Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson presented the winners with their Smart Classrooms Teacher Awards at a ceremony at Brisbane Powerhouse on September 7.

Education Queensland's eLearning director Laurie Campbell said this year's entries showed teachers were becoming increasingly innovative in teaching with ICT.

'It's important for me to congratulate not only the award winners but all teachers who were passionate enough about their profession to submit such high-quality applications,' Mr Campbell said.

'The award-winning teachers use a range of ICT in their classrooms daily, including virtual classrooms, animations, podcasts, digital magazines, online forums, robotics and blogs.

'These online learning resources enable students to connect and communicate with their peers and experts who can enhance their learning.'

Mr Campbell said the Department of Education and Training was a recognised world leader in digital education because it helped teachers integrate technology into the curriculum and gave them improved access to eLearning tools and resources.

'We are committed to the professional development of our workforce to ensure teachers have the technology, the skills and the knowledge to best teach the digital generation of students,' he said.

This year's Smart Classrooms Teacher Awards winners are John Carozza, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Brisbane; Julianne Cervellin, Hermit Park State School, Townsville; Andrew Collis, Jimboomba State School; Tina Haylock, Gympie West State School; Stephanie Hendy, Cleveland District State High; Judy Gardiner, Karalee State School; Jonathan Nalder, Tullawong State School, Caboolture; Shane Roberts, Palm Beach-Currumbin State High; Alison Rodgers, Proserpine State High; Karen Swift, James Nash State High, Gympie; Gayle Thomas, Royal Children's Hospital School, Brisbane; and Robyn Utschink, Mitchell State School.

The Unisys TAFE Queensland Excellence in ICT Teaching Award was also presented at the ceremony to Debra Osborne of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane.

Each award recipient will receive $5000 to attend conferences or courses that extend their understanding and practices in ICT in education or to undertake research projects or studies.

For more information, visit the Smart Classrooms Teacher Awards website.