Hunter River High School teacher, Christine Reilly, has been named winner of the Adobe ICT Teacher Scholarship, receiving the award from New South Wales Premier, Barry O’Farrell.
The annual award endorses teaching excellence by providing funding to one teacher across the state to undertake an IT study tour overseas or in Australia.
Reilly said she will use the $15,000 scholarship to pursue “a study on the topic of mobile devices in modern day classrooms, and their role in innovative teaching and learning.” She sees England, Sweden and Finland as the markets “leading the way in the implementation of mobile devices in the classroom.”
In addition, she will observe how educators are using technology to implement and provide opportunities for a self-paced learning, keeping students engaged during on-on-one teacher time. She also seeks to leverage mobile devices to connect schools in Australia and those overseas, “driven by the potential formation of strong educational networks regardless of geographical distance.”
With a long-standing advocacy for digital literacy, Reilly has increased her focus on technology’s place in 21st century learning. She is a national writer for the Technology Educators Association, founding member of the Hunter Technology Educators Association. Her teaching career spans 25 years.
“We commend Christine’s dedication to furthering the use of technology in classrooms across Australia and around the globe,” Adobe Asia Pacific (APAC) education business manager, Wayne Weisse, said. “We’re excited to watch as she uses this well-deserved scholarship to bring her visions of connected 21st century classrooms to life.”