Microsoft Partners in Learning has announced the winners of the 2010 Worldwide Innovative Teacher Awards at the sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum. These awards are the global culmination of local and regional events held around the world throughout the year, where teachers present ideas on how technology can further educational transformation to help improve the way students learn. 13 projects placed in this year's competition, selected from more than 125 projects presented at the forum last week in Cape Town, and from 200,000 participants over the course of the year.
Participating teachers were judged by an international panel of education experts on a number of criteria. Through virtual classroom tours and interviews on site by judges, these teachers demonstrated a profound dedication to helping their students learn by leveraging effective and engaging technology resources for teaching critical 21st century skills, such as collaboration, critical thinking and social responsibility.
The judging community includes education experts from all over the world. At the event, 47 judges representing more than 35 countries spend nearly 20 hours talking to the teachers and learning about their projects; then in a private room, they discuss, debate and share with one another until the winners are finally selected.
Peter de Lisle from Hilton College was judged Second Runner-Up for his project, "Biodiversity: Creatures and Contexts". This project involved using thinking and research tools to find out about biomes and involved the creation of a collaborative spreadsheet tool to evaluate the best biome to live in. Learners then used creativity tools to create a biome as a context for a computer game and to design a suitably adapted creature to live in it. Finally, they narrated an adventure in their biome. The project drew on different intelligences and learning styles, and aimed at encouraging academic rigour and thinking in all the activities.
Pictured are from left, Linda Zecher, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Peter de Lisle (Hilton College) and Lauren Woodman, Microsoft General Manager, Worldwide Education and Government Programs.