British school claims eLearning Awards first prize
Highcliffe School in Dorset, UK, has won the top award at the prestigious eLearning Awards. As first prize winner of the Young Digital Poland Award for 'best use of ICT in education', the school received a cheque for €5000 and a crystal trophy at a glittering ceremony in Prague, Czech Republic, on 18 November 2004. Their project, 'MyHighcliffe', is a Web-based system that allows pupils to access information about their school life and academic progress - the system is also used by parents.
"MyHighcliffe is very well made, original and truly innovative in both concept and realisation," said the President of the eLearning Awards jury, Professor Derrick De Kerckhove.
The winning project had been identified from a record number of over 1000 entries sent in from more than 30 European countries. The eLearning Awards, an initiative of European Schoolnet, has been running for four years.
The award ceremony was hosted by Czech TV personality Lucie Výborná. It was held at European Schoolnet's annual EMINENT conference, attended by policy-makers and other key players in the field of ICT in education.
A total of 10 shining examples of the use of ICT in education were announced. These included seven special award categories, sponsored by partners of the eLearning Awards.
The top three entries were:
1st prize: Young Digital Poland Award for Best Use of ICT in Education
2nd prize: Young Digital Poland Award for Best Use of ICT in Education
3rd prize: Young Digital Poland Award for Best Use of ICT in Education
The winners in the special award categories were:
The Microsoft Award for Best Learning Object
The Intel Award for Mathematics and Science
The ECDL Foundation Award for best use of ICT by a Municipal or Regional Education Institution
The Nisai Education Award for Culture
The Oracle Award for Global Reach through the use of ICT
The Blackboard Award for School Collaboration
The Auralog Award for Languages