[LINK] ACCE Awards

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Fri Apr 3 22:24:47 AEDT 2009

Congratulations to ACCE & Winners & Oz-teachers and Australian education.

> [Oz-teachers] ACCE awards for Educator of the Year & Outstanding Leader
> From: Ralph Leonard rleonardatnereus.com.au for http://www.acce.edu.au/
> Date: Fri Apr 3 00:16:17 EST 2009 

Each year the Australian Council for Computers in Education makes an
award for the Educator of the Year and the Award for Outstanding
Leadership in the Use of ICT in Education. Nominations for these
awards are made by the state and territory member associations of ACCE.

This year, there are joint winners for each of the awards. ACCE is pleased
to announce that the winners are

 Educator of the Year

   Roland Gesthuizen, Westall Secondary College, Victoria
   Sue Urban, Wilderness School, South Australia

 Outstanding Leader

   Paul Newhouse, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
   Monika Stinton, education consultant, Queensland

These exceptional educators will each receive a trophy provided by the
Australian Computer Society and a financial prize. Each has also been
nominated for the equivalent awards of the International Society for
Technology in Education. A summary of their achievements is included 

It's not suprising that these educators are often contributors to the
Oz-teacher discussions. I'm sure that many on this list will join me in
congratulating them.


Ralph Leonard

President, Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) 
Board of Directors International Society for Technology in Education(ISTE)
email: rleonard at nereus.com.au (and see http://www.acce.edu.au/)

Roland Gesthuizen

The most striking of Roland's qualities is his passion for the use of
technology in education and the infectious way in which his passionate
enthusiasm is transferred to his peers. This magnifies the already
significant impact that Roland has as a positive role model for other
teachers. He demonstrates all the qualities of an outstanding teacher 
within his own work and then extends that further through his tireless
volunteer roles with multiple professional organizations.
Roland's influence on the teacher community is evident at local, state,
national and international levels. He is a highly active participant in 
the Web 2.0 environment, providing support and resources to others and
demonstrating the power of that environment in all of his interactions.
He is a regular presenter at conferences and furthermore he is often the 
person arranging all the support technology for the other conference 
presenters and participants.
A recent highlight for Roland and recognition of the quality of his work 
was his selection as one of the exemplary teachers in the Leadership 
Symposium at NECC 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. His session demonstrated 
the use of simple, readily available technology and glove puppets to 
create uniqueeducational experiences for students for diverse cultural 
backgrounds. This exemplified his creative approach to teaching and his 
ability to enthuse others, yet it was just one of many different 
contributions that Roland could have used to illustrate his qualities as 
an exemplary teacher.

Sue Urban

Sue has had extensive experience in a variety of schools and school
locations, both metropolitan and rural. As an early adopter of technology 
in her classroom, she has used an integrated approach with an emphasis on
developing students' own thinking skills and responsible behaviour in 
technology use.
Sue's endeavours to influence her peers are evident through the wide range
of organisations to which she is a member and highly active contributor. 
Her expertise extends across many areas of technology in education and her
support for highly gifted students brings another perspective to her work.
At the state level, she works tirelessly in a volunteer role for the
Computers in Education Group of South Australia, has contributed to 
national conferences as a presenter and as an active member of the 
organising committee and played a major role in the 15th Biennial World 
Conference of the World Council for Gifted Education.
Sue has worked on projects with several state education authorities within
her home State of South Australia and also with the state education
authority in Tasmania.

Paul Newhouse

Paul Newhouse is an exceptional leader in the use of information and
communication technologies in education, who, over many years, has 
continued to give unstintingly of his time, expertise and energy for the 
benefit of students, teachers and the community. Paul is recognised 
internationally, nationally and across Western Australia for his 
innovative and pioneering work.
His driving commitment to making a difference to teaching and learning in
schools is reflected in his high visibility to the profession through his
direction and influence on ICT in the educational environment at school 
and university level. He is well known for his comprehensive research and
ground-breaking practices in the use of portable computing devices and
online learning and assessment.His most recent focus is on digital forms 
of assessment.
As the Director of the Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies
(CSaLT) at ECU, Paul continues to initiate and guide research in ICT in WA
schools and provides direction for the training of future teachers as they
apply ICT in their profession. Individual teachers, principals of schools,
whole schools, education departments, curriculum developers, tertiary
students and Paul's academic peers have all witnessed and benefited by,
Paul's selfless dedication to promoting and supporting the use of ICT in

Monika Stinton

Monika's nomination by the Queensland Society for Information Technology 
in Education (QSITE) is a fitting acknowledgement of her many 
contributions to that professional association through management, 
conference organisation and presentations,. It is significant that in the 
large state of Queensland with many small remote communities, Monika 
deliberately set out to ensure that teachers in isolated locations could 
still access quality professional development.
She organised, implemented and mentored e-learning Scholarship 2004, a
partnership between the state-wide education authority Education 
Queensland and QSITE. While serving as Chair of two QSITE regional 
chapters (QSITE Sunshine Coast and QSITE Outback), Monika established 
techniques to deliver valuable training to teachers, particularly 
promoting the innovative, effective and interesting use of technology in 
Her expertise in providing remote training attracted national attention 
and requests from education authorities in other states for her to conduct
training for their teachers.


Cheers people
Stephen Loosley
Member, Victorian
Institute of Teaching
and Oz-Teachers Community

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