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Microsoft recognises Ormiston College as a world leader in education

Ormiston College has been identified as one of a select number of global schools of excellence by Microsoft in Education Worldwide and is now recognised as a Microsoft Showcase School. Senior Worldwide Education Manager, Mark Sparvell, based in Seattle and Richard Ryan, Manager of the Australian Partners in Learning, are working alongside Ormiston College during its formal Showcase status.

The College is now fully engaged in the Microsoft program of capacity building, global networking and processing, to facilitate education transformation.

Full Showcase status

In October 2015, Ormiston College became a fully-fledged Microsoft Showcase School, joining an elite group of leading-edge schools from around the world. The College is now officially recognised as a mentor to other schools on a global level and currently the only Microsoft Showcase School in the greater Brisbane area.

Strategic focus on innovation

The College’s Strategic Direction has been well documented and for the past decade the commitment to technological transformation needed to drive learning programs for the students of tomorrow is evident. Headmaster, Brett Webster said that quality learning enabled by modern technology has been a prime focus at Ormiston College for 10 years, adding that he is extremely proud of the way teachers have embraced exciting new approaches to learning, noting that the student response has been phenomenal.

In 2014, Ormiston College received the National Computelec Expanding Learning Horizons Award for Innovation. At the time it was said of the school, “Commitment to innovation is embedded in everything they do.”

Learning Innovations Leaders

The College has an engaged Learning Innovations Leadership Committee who work to motivate the entire staff in successfully taking on the challenges of 21st century teaching and learning. All staff have enthusiastically embraced these exciting new approaches to teaching.

At the end of the year, Ormiston College was delighted with the announcement that a further three staff members had been recognised as Innovation Education Experts by Microsoft Worldwide; Head of Junior School, Travis Goulter, Head of Mathematics, Dr Ian Thomson and Science Teacher, Annette McArthur, making Ormiston College the only Microsoft Showcase School in Australia to have four Innovation Educator Experts.

Representing Australia

Ormiston College's Dean of eLearning, Tamara Sullivan, a Microsoft Innovation Education Expert, was one of six educators selected to represent Australia at the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange (E2) that was held in Seattle in April – an annual event where the most innovative educators gather from around the world to exchange cutting edge ideas aimed at having a global impact on educational practices. Ms Sullivan was invited to sit on the panel at the Edutech Conference held in Brisbane in June 2015. Edutech is the largest educational congress and technical expo held in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 8,000 attendees.

Academic programs manager for Microsoft Australia, Jane Mackarell, said “Teachers like Ms Sullivan were transforming learning environments and delivering more personalized education to students, allowing them to do and achieve more, using technology to increase students' productivity and learning.”