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Pioneering teachers and teacher trainers rewarded with eLearning Awards in Copenhagen

Schools from 9 countries were rewarded for excellent use of ICT in education at the eLearning Awards ceremony, held as part of the annual EMINENT conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winners and runners up were selected among 573 entries from schools in 39 countries in the EU and beyond, in this unique competition run by European Schoolnet.
The winning teachers were rewarded with a trip to Copenhagen for the award ceremony. There the teachers had the opportunity to meet leading policy makers from Europe’s Ministries of Education and key technology innovators from SMART, ACER, Microsoft, ENISA and Europeana who adopted the categories this year.

The EMINENT event is linked to the Danish Uddannelsesforum organized by UNI-C and this year includes a dedicated track for teachers across Europe. It is supported by ACER, Microsoft, SMART, ENISA and Fourier Systems.
A special workshop also takes place during the EMINENT conference for teachers, policy makers and industry to get a close up view of the eLearning award projects, demonstrated by the winning teachers.

The winners and runners up in each category are as follows:

• ACER award for collaborative learning

Christian Frahm, teacher, Walter-Gropius-Schule, Germany
Natürlich Europa http://schule.explorarium.de/course/view.php?id=450&username=guest

Runner up
Lieven van Parys, teacher, Free Primary School Meulebeke, Belgium
Make a Wiz http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/myworld/makeawiz.htm

• Microsoft award for outstanding teachers

Kelly Conor, teacher, Moyle Park college, Ireland
Filming the poem http://www.iol.ie/~kellyc/film.htm

Runner up
Ozge Karaoğlu, teacher, Terakki Foundation Schools, Turkey
Digital Games By Digital Learners http://bilisim.terakki.org.tr/bubbleandpebble/

• SMART award for mathematics, science and technology

Matteo Cattadori, teacher trainer, Tridento Museum of Natural Sciences, Italy
i-Cleen www.icleen.museum

Runner up
João Paulo Vieira, teacher, Escola Secundária D. Maria II – Braga, Portugal
Experimental astrophysics in the field of photometry – detection of exoplanets http://exoplanetas.dmaria.pt/

• ENISA award for teaching online safety and citizenship

Birgy Lorenz, teacher, Pelgulinna Gymnasium, Estonia
TurvaLan 2009, http://fame.pelgulinna.tln.edu.ee/eng

Runner up
Lucian Duma, teacher, Special School Caransebes, Romania
Teach, learn, play in 21st Century using web 2.0, social media used in an e-Safe way in education 2.0 http://tinyurl.com/web20safetyeducationwithLucian

• Europeana award for Europe’s digital heritage

Donal O' Mahony, teacher, Portmarnock Community School, Ireland
20g Blogs http://historypcs.edublogs.org/2og-blogs/

Runner up
Marcos Vence Ruibal, teacher, IES San Clemente, Spain
Pek the traveller flea http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p24798

“We warmly congratulate all the winners and runners up for their leading work in the use of ICT in education, and look forward to seeing how their projects evolve in the future. The eLearning Awards is one of the key approaches we use to find the best in Europe, and to build long term relationships with teachers,” said Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet.

Each winner took home great prizes for their schools including interactive white boards, laptops, and travel vouchers. The eLearning Awards will take place again in 2011 – European Schoolnet and partners look forward to further excellent entries in the next competition.


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