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Teachers recognised by Microsoft as technology experts

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) recognition supports the school’s digital learning strategy, which aims for digital literacy amongst students and staff, and the use of technology to promote critical and creative thinking.

Year 4 teacher Cherie Boucher-Cunningham didn’t always have an interest in technology, describing herself as more a kid-in-the-mud than a computer type.

But, as a student teacher, she was inspired by an associate teacher’s use of technology in the classroom.

“She opened the door to a world of possibilities and I was hooked from then on.”

Ms Boucher-Cunningham and curriculum leader, dean and teacher Matt Humber have just been accepted as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts, the first ACG teachers to earn the title.

They join 7,600 educators in the programme worldwide who have been recognised by Microsoft for improving outcomes in education by using technology and social media.

Mr Humber said the education horizon had expanded exponentially since he graduated and it is crucial for teachers to continue developing in line with advances in pedagogy and technology.

He believes the MIE qualification will focus his skillset and satisfy his curiosity about the possibilities he can bring to students and colleagues.

Expert status is about collaboration and innovation, Ms Boucher-Cunningham says.

“One of the biggest things about being an expert is working together with other experts around the world to exchange best practices and new ideas. Through our own collaboration, we are able to promote innovation in teaching and learning that ultimately benefits all students.”

This term she led a workshop showing teachers from various schools how to create digital escape rooms using OneNote. It’s an example of implementing technology into the classroom that she’s particularly passionate about.

“My class loves it!” she says.

The recognition supports the school’s digital learning strategy, which aims for digital literacy amongst students and staff, and the use of technology to promote critical and creative thinking.

Ms Boucher-Cunningham says there are many benefits to incorporating technology into education – easy access to information, real time feedback, online collaboration, and access to content in highly engaging multimedia formats.

“Through technology students can experience the world; mystery skype dates can connect you with a class in America, while virtual field trips can send your class to Antarctica for a morning.”

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