Five NSW public school teachers are on their way to becoming ‘classroom pioneers’ after spending the day learning from digital experts.
Chatswood High School PDHPE teacher Emily McLachlan was one of five teachers from across the state who spent a day at Google Australia, learning from digital experts from YouTube.
Ms McLachlan said the experience working with the social media giant was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.
The masterclass was the prize from The Learning Edge, a search to find NSW’s most creative digital educators, run by the Department of Education and Teachers Mutual Bank.
“Public high school teachers in NSW are already using digital technology. The two other vital ingredients are passion and creativity,” Ms McLachlan said.
“A teacher really only serves one purpose and that is to spark joy in learning.”
The other four finalists include a visual arts teacher bringing art and robotics to life, a geography teacher who hosts her own YouTube channel and two teachers challenging Eddie Woo for Australia’s favourite maths teacher.
Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, Murat Dizdar said the five teachers “demonstrate that NSW continues to lead the way in education excellence”.
“This project spotlights the exceptional work done by secondary school teachers in public schools across NSW and supports strong learning outcomes for students.
“The five successful teachers are inspiring and committed educators who are positively impacting young lives every day,” he said.
The five winners of The Learning Edge teacher search are:
- Nayomi Gribble, visual arts teacher, Condell Park High School
- Emily McLachlan, PDHPE teacher, Chatswood High School
- Holly Millican, maths teacher, South Grafton High School
- Sam Coburn, geography teacher, Maitland Grossman High School
- Jonathan Kim Sing, maths teacher, Galston High School.
To watch the winning entries visit the Teachers Mutual Bank website.