Mon, August 27, 2018

TECH SAVVY teachers from Sheldon College are global educator visionaries with two teachers awarded the accolade of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert 2018-2019 in recognition of their achievements in digital innovation.

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Program was created to recognise educators globally who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes.

The two Sheldon College MIE experts include Year 4 Teacher Vanessa Tierney and *STEAM Coordinator Years 1-6 Jade Frewin are global educator visionaries with two teachers awarded the accolade of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert 2018-2019 in recognition of their achievements in digital innovation.

Sheldon College CEO and Principal Dr Lyn Bishop said the College offers the highest quality teaching and learning by a group of tech-savvy professionals who are dedicated and committed to our young people. 

“Congratulations to our teachers who have been named as 2018 Microsoft Innovator Experts who will join about 7600 of educators worldwide empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow,” she said.

“They are leaders in their educational fields and love to bring technology into their classroom.

“The teachers will provide developmental insight for Microsoft on new products and tools for education, with the exchange of best practices as they work together to promote innovation in teaching and learning.

“Our experts will advocate and share their thoughts on the effective use of technology in education with peers and policy makers.”

Teacher Vanessa Tierney has successfully supported Sheldon College Students to gain about 40 Microsoft Certificates and has earned about 40,000 points in the Microsoft Educator Forum among research and investigation around the significant journeys of the age of exploration and the effect this new knowledge will have on shaping the world.

“The Year 4 students used Microsoft OneNote to capture their research and they also created 3D images using 3D Paint and Microsoft PowerPoint to create museum holograms,” she said.

“I worked with teachers to implement a virtual modelling project and another cross curriculum STEAM project incorporating Minecraft Education.

“Recently I facilitated a hands-on workshop and discussion to more than 60 educators from various education sectors providing guided practical activities for the implementation of Minecraft in other schools around Australia.”

Additionally, Sheldon College STEAM Coordinator Years 1-6 Jade Frewin said his passion has led him to obtain almost 60 Microsoft badges, gain more than 40 Microsoft Certificates online and earning more than 30,000 points for the Microsoft Educator Forum.

“Recently, I led the Year 4 Teaching Team to implement a unit of work whereby the students created and exhibited a unique interactive living museum,” he said.

“The MIE Expert badge offers new pathways to collaborate with peers on a global level and develop current and future trends for Sheldon College.

“I would like to document this journey to a global audience and showcase how Microsoft Educator Training services commit to future agendas and inspire other people to join us along the way.”

Many of the College staff are long-serving members who have helped create a leading, learning community and have dedicated many years to the young people of Sheldon College.

Sheldon College educates around 1500 students from 15 months through to Year 12 in the non-denominational co-educational College set on 56 acres in Brisbane’s Bayside. 

*Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics