Ministry of Education Secretary Upali Marasinghe recognised the two winners who succeeded at the Microsoft Expert Educator online competition 2014/2015; at an informal ceremony held at the ministry last week, participated by both MoE and Microsoft officials. Plaques were also presented to last year’s winners who attended the Microsoft in Education Global Forum held in Barcelona.
This year’s winners Chamila Priyanka Bandara, a teacher from the Nugawela Boys’ School Kandy and Pradeepika Rupasinghe, from Sri Sumangala Girls’ School Panadura, will have the unique opportunity of being part of a select group of 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts who will visit Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington. The two teachers will be in a position to hone their professional development skills, provide direct feedback to product groups, and collaborate closely with other MIE Experts from around the world.
The winning teachers from last year who have put their new skills and expertise into practice has trained a number of their peers in digital literacy and built awareness on the MIEE program, use of blogging, creating their own blogs, participation in tweetmeets etc. The teachers have benefitted vastly from the experience gained from the online competition as well as the knowledge exchange gained at the Global Forum in Barcelona where they had the opportunity of interacting with international peers.
Apart from the Secretary of the Ministry, additional Secretary Hemantha Premathilake, ICT Director Niel Gunadasa and MoE Assistant Director ICT Branch Sumudu Wijesooriya graced the occasion, which also had the participation of Country Manager for Microsoft Sri Lanka and Maldives Imran Vilcassim, Senior Education Programs Manager Yashinka Jayasinghe Alles and Manager – Community Affairs Janaki Karunaratne.