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Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland teachers win in Moscow


 Christine Murphy-Gardner from Ballyclare High School has been chosen as one of the top 12 teachers at this year’s Microsoft European Innovative Education Forum (IEF) in Moscow Russia on March 25th. Her entry “Extending Communities” won 1st Runner-up in the “Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom” category.

In her own words:
“My mission is to move beyond the curriculum and ensure that ICT is innovative, fun, motivational, interactive and creative. Through the Empowering Communities Project children use online technologies, collaborate with their peers and specialists online, video conference, work from home, use email, complete online courses, use emerging technologies, create websites, create voicethreads, use ICT innovatively at Foundation, Key Stage 1 and 2 (5-11 years) and much more! For many, the Empowering Communities Project can be a child’s first experience of innovative ICT.”
Also winning on the night was Doreen McHale from St Philomena’s Primary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Doreen’s entry of “Birds of Bray” won 1st Runner-up in the “Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking” category.
The European IEF had 285 attendees from 44 Western Europe and Central Eastern Europe countries with 86 teachers competing in 6 categories. With her win in Moscow, Christine and Doreen will be automatically invited to compete at this year’s Worldwide Partners in Learning Forum taking place in November in Washington DC. Here Christine and Doreen will get the opportunity to showcase their work and compete against teachers from more than 100 countries around the world.
This is another huge achievement for teachers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is the 5th year in a row where we will have teachers competing at a worldwide level against the best and most innovative teachers in the world. I hope you will all congratulate and wish Christine and Doreen all the best in Washington.  You can follow all of their experiences and all Partners in Learning news for Ireland at

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