A geography teacher from East Maitland, a visual arts teacher from Condell Park, and a mathematics teacher from South Grafton are three of five educators who are on the path to becoming ‘classroom pioneers’ after being chosen from a statewide search to find NSW’s most creative digital educators.
The Learning Edge, a joint initiative by Teachers Mutual Bank and the NSW Department of Education, launched in May in a bid to find extraordinary teachers inspiring students beyond the classroom, and equip them with access to digital experts, tools, and training to engage whole new audiences online.
Some of those digital experts include leading content specialists from YouTube, with Google Australia supporting the project by hosting the five teachers at its Sydney headquarters for an exclusive workshop, to upskill and help build their presence as engaging online educators.
The five recipients of The Learning Edge teacher search are:
“To work with YouTube and potentially extend my influence as a teacher on students’ lives is a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity,” PDHPE teacher Emily McLachlan said of her win.
“Public high school teachers in NSW are already using digital technology. The two other vital ingredients are collaboration and creativity, as teachers serve many important purposes, none more important than sparking joy in learning.”
Teachers Mutual Bank General Manager Alan Waugh said organisers were thrilled to see such a strong groundswell of interest in the project from teachers, parents, and principals who want to see digital skills in their schools.
“The extent to which NSW teachers went to record their video entries for this competition showed that many are already going the extra mile for their students, utilising digital platforms like YouTube to create and share their lessons and bringing their insights from the physical into the virtual classroom,” he said.
NSW Department of Education Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, Murat Dizdar said The Learning Edge has worked to showcase teaching talent from across the state.
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