New age teachers like Barbara Anna teaching technical skills to their students
With “Be the change, Take the challenge” as a motivational campaign for her students Barbara Anna Zielonka, a teacher from Norway, making difference and marked her name in Top 10 finalists of Global Teacher Prize 2018. The objective of her projects is for high school students and teachers to make international connections with peers and experts from all over the world and to improve their problem-solving skills.
Barbara is a teacher of English in both vocational and academic classes in a high school with a multicultural student population. She meets all kinds of students, from those who are highly motivated, to those who struggle with English and would like to drop out of high school as soon as possible. In her teaching career, she has developed strategies and techniques that help low-achieving students succeed.
Her biggest interest is the use of innovative technologies, especially digitally based technology and methods or aids in teaching and learning. Each of her students is equipped with a personal computer. The students are fluent in video editing, content curation, podcasting, mind mapping, collaboration, screencasting and proficient in web searching and use of digital platforms for learning.
One of the most important projects that she has created at her school is called “Genius Hour”. Students who participated in this project had to create their own research topic, collect data online, contact experts via Facebook or Twitter, create online questionnaires and share their results with an international audience. In May 2017, Barbara received Norway’s prestigious Gullepleprisen 2017 from the Norwegian Educational Data Society (NPeD). This prize is awarded once a year to an educator who has demonstrated the effective use of IT in teaching. In June 2017, she was the only European teacher who received a Great Global Project Challenge Grant prize, for her latest project called “The Universe is Made of Tiny Stories”.
The objective of this project is for high school students and teachers to make international connections with peers and experts from all over the world and to improve their problem-solving skills.
This award, already in its fourth edition, awards 1 million dollars and has the objective of recreating the exemplary task of millions of educators around the world. The Global Teacher Prize, known as the Nobel Prize for Education, is an award created to recognize the outstanding contribution of the most outstanding teacher of the year to the profession and to underline the importance of the role of teachers in society.
Bill Gates paid a valuable tribute to the work of teachers around the world. "When you think about what drives progress and development in the world, education is a key factor, which opens up many opportunities for countless people and societies. Research has shown that having a great teacher can become the most important element that determines when a student receives a good education."
"The finalists have been selected based on a set of rigorous criteria, including the demonstrated effectiveness in inspiring their students and helping them learn." He added further.
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