We would like to say huge congratulations to all of the Teach Secondary Technology & Innovation Award winners!
We are delighted to be part of the first year of these Awards that specifically focused on technology and innovation in the classroom and recognise products and resources as well as teachers, authors and bloggers.
The final judging decisions were made by a high profile panel of education experts, including our own European Sales & Marketing Director Gareth Boldsworth. Other judges were Vic Goddard (featured on Channel 4’s Educating Essex); Fiona Millar (Guardian journalist and co-founder of the Local Schools Network); Lydia Beaton (global head of the James Dyson Foundation); and Ollie Bray (Naace).
The full list of winners and finalists will be published in the first edition of Technology & Innovation magazine that will be launched on 5th September 2014. Presentations will be made at The BETT Show 2015, 21-24 January, Excel London.
Congratulations to all 5 category winners!
Best Teacher: Chloe Davies, head of science/biology teacher, East London Science School
Described as a ‘fantastic teacher who consistently uses technology in her lessons in genuinely useful ways’, Chloe has had an extremely positive impact on teaching across all departments at the East London Science School and beyond, thanks to her Twitter feed and blog. Vic Goddard says “All of the shortlisted teachers showed just how much potential the use of technology has in the hands of great teachers who understand that just using it doesn’t automatically make lessons more interesting.”
Best Author: Carrie Anne Philbin, for Adventures in Raspberry Pi (John Wiley and Sons)
Carrie Anne was nominated many times for her fun, accessible and enormously inspiring book designed to help teachers get young people coding with the Raspberry Pi computer. She is now working for the Raspberry Pi Foundation as Education Pioneer.
Best Blogger: Mark Anderson, ictevangelist.com
“All the shortlisted blogs are very good,” says judge Fiona Millar, “but ICT Evangelist felt, to me, the most polished, easy to navigate and comprehensive for a non-expert, non-techie and non-teacher/Governer like me.”
Technology & Innovation Ambassador: Terry Freeman
Recognising an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the progress of technology and innovation in education, this year’s award goes to ICT in education adviser Terry Freeman, who says; “Whether as a teacher, ICT advisor, Principal Officer at QCA, Ofsted inspector, independent consultant or in articles on the www.ictineducation.org website, my view has always been that just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should, so I suppose I would describe myself as a cautious innovator, not one of the ‘gung ho’ variety!”
Technological Innovation of the Year: GCSEPod
“GCSEPod does what all the best products do: it makes you ask, ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ Providing excellent quality content in an easily accessible audio file means that students can study a topic simply by popping in their headphones, all without disturbing their day-to-day activities. It’s so simple! Genius.” Judge, David Morgan, @LessonHacker
We would also like to say well done to all the Runners Up and those Commended.
Runners Up: EyeTeach, Hue Animation Studio, LearnPad, TAG Assessment
Commended: DisplayNote NEC edition, FrontRow JUNO, FUZE, Groupcall Emerge, Lucid Exact, Texthelp, Vocab Express