Teacher Katie wins top prize for innovation
A SOFTWARE-savvy teacher from Saltash has been named as one of the country's most innovative queens of the classroom.
Saltash.net history and RE teacher Katie Boothman scooped a UK Innovative Teacher of the Year award at the technology giant Microsoft's UK headquarters.
Only into her second year of teaching, creative Katie was one of just four winners nation-wide.
She wowed the judges with a 'virtual classroom tour' showing off how she had embraced new technologies to bring the school's history department bang up to date.
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Katie enlisted the help of a group of Year 9 students dubbed 'The HIT Squad' to come up with new ways of using ICT in humanities teaching at the South East Cornwall school.
Now she has been invited to Lisbon, in Portugal, for a Microsoft European Innovative Teachers' event in March.
Katie will be joined on the trip by deputy headteacher Dan Roberts, who will take a seat on the judging panel.
Dan, a previous worldwide Innovative Teachers winner, was selected in honour of his ongoing work on the UK Partners in Learning programme.
Saltash.net ICT and business studies teacher James Edwards was also a UK finalist at Microsoft's Innovative Teachers event in Reading, narrowly missing out on a prize.
He was up for an award in recognition of his use of the Microsoft Xbox gadget Kinect.
James was also asked to be the lead presented at a national BETT technology show that will be held at London's Olympia next month.
Microsoft's Innovate Teachers programme manager Stuart Ball said the hi-tech school was garnering a global reputation.
"I want to thank saltash.net for their commitment to the Partners in Learning programme," he said.
"The staff and students continue to make valuable contributions to this programme, which adds to the outstanding reputation the school has within Microsoft and across the globe."