Technology giant Microsoft has recognised Brisbane Grammar School as a global leader in successful integration of technology with teaching and learning.
BGS was identified as one of a select number of global schools of excellence, named a 2015-2016 Microsoft Associate Showcase School. The selection rewards the School’s excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalised education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace.
Pictured: Dean of Curriculum Greg Dabelstein shows two BGS students the power of Microsoft in the classroom.
Headmaster Anthony Micallef said the recognition from Microsoft was significant, acknowledging the passion BGS teachers have for creating innovative learning environments. “The School is always looking for ways in which we can leverage technology to improve the learning experience our students have here at BGS,” he said.
As an Associate Showcase School, BGS will continue to work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology through mentoring other schools in the community on transformational educational practices.
Dean of Curriculum Greg Dabelstein said Microsoft held a key role in BGS classrooms. “Applications such as Office 365 including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel, are constantly used by students and staff at the School as tools for education, often in innovative ways,” he said.
“In particular, OneNote and the brilliant Class OneNote tool has revolutionised the way staff can deliver course materials and lessons and provide feedback to students in group or individual formats. The idea of real-time collaboration by students in the cloud through OneDrive and shared documents is exciting and has much potential to be explored.”
Worldwide Education Microsoft Vice President Anthony Salcito said BGS was among a select number of schools globally who are truly transforming learning, providing more personalised education to students and empowering them to achieve more.
“Microsoft Associate Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school,” he said.
Associate Showcase Schools receive the following benefits from Microsoft as part of the program:
- Collaboration with an international group of thought leaders
- Microsoft Innovative Educators experts on staff to help drive innovation and support staff, peers and students
- Access to professional development for educators within their school
- Invitations to regional and global events
- Monthly community webinars