NSW Premier Kristina Keneally last week announced four NSW schools that will participate in the 2011 Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Schools Initiative. In total, 20 schools from Australia will participate in the program.
The NSW Premier made the announcement at an awards ceremony to congratulate schools taking part in the 2010 program – which was the first year Microsoft’s $500 million global initiative was held in Australia.
The program gives innovative schools from around the country the opportunity to come together to share and showcase their world-class digital teaching practices in a series of forums.
Participating schools also receive access to early pilots of Microsoft programs before they are released and additional eLearning training for teachers and principals.
Microsoft Australia Academic Programs Manager, Jane Mackarell said, "Microsoft sees Australia as world class when it comes to giving its children the tools and knowledge to succeed in a highly connected and globalised economy."
"This is a great opportunity for Australia to play a global leadership role in digital education and our Innovative Schools program enables Australia’s top schools and teachers to come together and demonstrate how the classroom of the future is becoming a reality."
Australian participating schools for 2011:
New South Wales
Albury Public School
Sydney Distance Education High School
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (Tumbi Umbi Campus)
Coomera Springs State School
Stanthorpe State School
Lockleys North Primary School
Charles Campbell Secondary School
Princess St Primary School
Campbell St Primary School
Somerville State School
Buckley Park State School
Belmont High School