More Australian schools to participate in Partners in Learning program


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)

Western Australia

Coomera Springs State School

Stanthorpe State School

South Australia

Lockleys North Primary School

Charles Campbell Secondary School

Tasmania

Princess St Primary School

Campbell St Primary School

Victoria

Somerville State School

Buckley Park State School

Mooroolbark College

Belmont High School

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