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Celebrating the Living Schools Lab Awards winners in Dublin

LSL Awards winner: Best Regional Hub - IRELANDThe winners of three main award categories and eight “spot prizes” were revealed during the Living Schools Lab Summer School in Dublin on 17 May. The LSL Awards were to encourage and motivate the LSL teachers and teams during the Y2 of the project, and to give recognition to teachers, schools, and teams for their exemplary work in the project. The Awards were presented by Diana Bannister, University of Wolverhampton and Bart Verswijvel, European Schoolnet.

The main LSL Award winners

Best Kit

The aim of a kit was to ask teachers to produce a kit of reusable ideas by others. The kits show how the author has collaborated on the theme, inspired others, and built in opportunities for peer review. The Best Kit award was given to Skevi Demetriou Geroskipou A’ Primary School, Cyprus. According to the jury, Skevi’s kit on webquests is a model that can be replicated and provides a valuable framework for others.

Best Regional Hub

The selection of the winner was not easy, but eventually the award was given to a regional hub that had successfully engaged the whole team with the project both online and face-to-face, and demonstrated real sharing and mainstreaming of practice and connectedness. The observation visits, the national blog, the presentations at webinars and contributions during the Summer School were in favour of this team.

The Best Regional Hub award was given to Ireland: Sarah Jayne Carey and her team (Maria Broderick and Salvo Cacciato) in Coláiste Bríde, Presentation Secondary School; Gearoid O Duibhir for his FPT45 model and Aelsa Carroll (St. Fintans High School) for realising the need to take baby STEPS to bring about whole school change. Led ably by their National Co-ordinator Karin Whooley and further motivated throughout by Grainne Walsh. The judges highlighted the success of the regional hub blog in the motivation and engagement of the wider community and sharing of practice. The AP schools within the Irish hub are St. Patrick’s Primary School Tuam, De La Salle College, Killina Presentation Secondary School, and St. Corban’s BNS.

Best Video

Within the LSL project, all schools were encouraged to submit a video to showcase how ICT can be mainstreamed across a whole school. Some schools worked together creating joint videos and there were national videos as well. The most successful videos achieve to inspire and motivate, share best practice, and provide practical advice for others to follow.

The winning video was considered an example of how to work best in a group and also encouraging team work. The video looked at the pedagogical change as well as technology: the award of the Best video was given to Rasa Januškevičienė, from the Vilnius Vyturys primary school, Lithuania.

Spot Prizes

There were also some spot prizes that were identified for people during the course of the project to recognise individuals and schools who have engaged with the work of the project, showcasing, demonstrating and energising whole school change.

For attendance at the project webinars, and for commitment to CPD

  • Maria Teresa Gonçalves, Escola Secundária Eça de Queirós, Portugal
  • Petra Boháčková, Zakladni skola Dr. Edvarda Benese, Czech Republic
  • Virginija Birenienė, Klaipėdos Simono Dacho progimnazija, Lithuania

For the Advanced School Leadership and their work on the Advanced School theme

  • Kirsty Tonks, Shireland Collegiate Academy, UK – Flipped Learning
  • Xavier Garnier, Lycée Pilote Innovant International, France – Collaborative Tools

For the best tweeter
Also to recognise the work of the whole team in this school for the development of their learning spaces – Angelo Bardini, Giovanna Rosi and Daniele Barca, Istituto Comprensivo di Cadeo, Italy

For whole school approach to ICT
To recognise the commitment of Philip Everaerts and how he has motivated his team, but also for the support and focus of the Headteacher Ann Dejaegher and the whole ICT team, Sabine Buseyne and Emely Laheye this award is for Middenschool Ieper.

For his video and presentation on research-based learning
Hans Peter Müller from Volksschule Unterrer Stadtplatz Hall/Tirol, Austria

For his video and contribution within the Summer School
Trond Gunnar Leithe from Mortensnes skole, Norway

For the best Learning Snack webinar on 3D printing
Hermann Morgenbesser from Bundesgymnasium Klosterneuburg, Austria

For the best postcard during the Summer School
Also for the active engagement of the whole audience: Team Finland