[singlepic id=241 w=320 h=240 float=left]A Hambledon State School teacher’s excellence in using information and communications technologies (ICT) in her teaching and learning practice was recognised at this year’s Queensland Government Smart Classrooms Teacher Awards.
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today congratulated Tanya Sutton of Hambledon State School on winning one of 12 awards and $5000 for professional development, sponsored by Direct National.
Mr Pitt said Ms Sutton used her ICT expertise to encourage, support and inspire others.
“Ms Sutton is a great proponent of transformational and flexible learning spaces. The students in her classroom don’t have designated seating, they choose their own area to work on an activity by activity basis depending on the requirements of the task. This empowers her students to understand the learning process and their own learning styles. It is a very reflective student-centred way of learning,” Mr Pitt said.
“Ms Sutton also shares the learning potential of mobile devices through delivering live web conferences using the department’s professional development website, OneChannel.
“Congratulations to Ms Sutton. I hope her success will encourage and inspire others to pursue excellence.’’
Mr Pitt said the Queensland Government’s investment in Smart Classrooms was helping state schools to become world leaders in utilising ICT for teaching and learning.
“The 2010-11 State Budget allocated $100 million to expand Smart Classrooms initiatives,” Mr Pitt said.
To receive an award teachers are nominated by their peers and then must respond to selection criteria and submit a digital portfolio as evidence of how they use ICT to improve student learning outcomes.
Minister for Education and Training Geoff Wilson presented the award to Ms Sutton at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.
“Ms Sutton’s high standard of work reflects the widespread innovation in state schools across Queensland,” Mr Wilson said.
“With the completion of the rollout of the Computers for Teachers initiative earlier this year, every eligible state school teacher now has a laptop.
“Combined with a range of other programs, including these awards and improved access to eLearning opportunities, our teachers are inspired to develop innovative digital teaching and learning practice.”