From Students Developing Iphone Apps to Teachers Flipping Classrooms - 7 Projects that Turn the Notion of Teaching and Learning on its Head

Canadian educators honoured with the Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Educators from across the country are developing new learning opportunities that fuel the intrinsic motivation of students to take ownership of their learning and challenge traditional ideas of "teacher" and "learner".

"It was an absolute pleasure to learn about such a wide range of small-scale innovation percolating in our classrooms," says Canadian Education Association CEO Ron Canuel, "and we count on decision-makers to explore the potential for scalability so that these great projects are no longer the exception to the rule."

Winning entries (more details below) demonstrate innovative practice where students solve problems, are creative, and participate positively in the school community - many also demonstrate a depth of knowledge of what aboriginal and disengaged students, and students with learning difficulties need as an essential learning environment.

Ken Spencer Award recognition ceremonies are being planned in the communities of each of the seven winners. This is the third year of this award, and CEA would like to thank all of the school and school district staff for their time and effort in the preparation of nomination packages.

For more details on the winning projects, visit:

For a booklet on all 15 Ken Spencer Award finalists:

The Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning was established with the generous contribution of Dr. Ken Spencer to recognize and publicize innovative work that is sustainable and has the potential of being taken up by others; to encourage a focus on transformative change in schools; and to provide profile for classroom innovation within school districts, schools, and the media.

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) is a cross-Canada network of influencers in the education, research and policy, not-for-profit and business sectors conducting research, generating constructive ideas, and sharing them with educators, students, and other stakeholders.

SOURCE Canadian Education Association

For further information:

Max Cooke

CEA Director of Communications (bilingual)

416-591-6300 ext. 225

Twitter: @max_cooke 

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