Teachers who join the Innovative Teachers Network never know what might be the outcome of taking part in a professional development programme. They can guarantee a transformation in the way they use technology in the classroom, but not many could have imagined sharing their work with Bill Gates himself. This is precisely what just happened to a secondary school science teacher who teaches in Torfaen in Wales, Alessio Bernardelli.
At the World Innovative Teachers Forum in Helsinki , Alessio won one of the 12 awards distributed, for his Virtual Classroom tour titled “Creative Science Investigations”. All award winners at the event received a personal invitation from Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft campus, near Seattle, to share their experiences using technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Alessio is on Bill’s right, back row, with the other Innovative Teachers who joined Bill Gates
Alessio’s work can be seen on the Innovative Teachers Network at http://uk.innovativeteachers.com The ITN already contains over 150 other examples of innovative uses of technology in classrooms and schools, along with CPD resources, communities and discussions.
The Innovative Teachers programme is all part of the Partners in Learning initiative, where we work with government agencies and groups of schools to enable the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning.