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UWCSEA was named 'School of the Year’ in the 21st Century Learning International awards for excellence in the use of technologies to support student learning.
Kate Woodford
Senior Manager, Marketing and Business Development

Kate is a marketing and communications professional whose passion lies in creating personal meaning and connections for an audience - which is why she has extensive experience in the highly personal sectors of tourism and education. Skilled in corporate and strategic communications, with proven expertise in translating industry and consumer data into communication plans and marketing and content strategy, Kate is now helping to lead the further development of the customer experience strategy for UWCSEA. Part of the team that opened UWCSEA's East Campus, Kate has worked at the College for 12 years in a variety of communications and marketing roles on all three campuses. Prior to UWCSEA, Kate worked at Tourism Australia in a Trade Development role and started her career in tourism at Tourism Queensland, supervising a highly successful sales team based in the Sydney CDB, back in the days of the Queensland Travel Centres! 

Kate has a Master’s in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Technology Sydney and a Business Degree in Tourism Management from what is now Southern Cross University in Australia. 

UWCSEA wins international technology award

'School of the Year’ in the 21st Century Learning International awards

UWC South East Asia has been named ‘School of the Year’ in the 21st Century Learning International awards, announced on 23 October 2013. The award recognises excellence in the use of technologies to support student learning.

According to the selection panel, made up of leading educational and industry awards, the UWCSEA entry displayed a “focus on learning through the intelligent use of technology”. The panel was especially impressed with “staff professional learning structures… help embed a culture of change which we believe will reach well beyond a single initiative, and even beyond technological competence.”

Award finalists are selected on the basis of their ability to meet criteria that are widely recognized to indicate the successful use of technology in education. These include a shared vision for learning, transformative leadership and a culture of innovation. The panel was also looking for broad access to technology, the involvement of student voice and the ability to build and sustain capacity across the school. UWC South East Asia scored highly in all criteria; learn more here.

Graeme Deuchars, a Director of 21st Century Learning International Ltd, said, "the awards attracted entries from 15 countries and it has been an extremely challenging and rewarding process to arrive at the winners."

Julian Whiteley, Head of College at UWCSEA recognises the commitment by the whole College that resulted in the achievement, "I am delighted and extremely proud that UWCSEA has won this prestigious award. It reflects upon the vision of the Board, the professionalism and expertise of our IT staff and the commitment of all our teachers and support staff, who have embraced the integration of technology into teaching and learning at the College. We have come a long way since we launched the 'iLearn' initiative three short years ago!”

At UWCSEA, students have wide access to digital devices. Starting with iPads in the Infant School and moving to laptop and desktop usage in the Primary School, all students Grades 6 through 12 are given a school laptop for personal use. However, devices are not as important as building skills among teachers and students says Ben Morgan, Director of IT, “Technology doesn’t transform learning, but great pedagogy can. The aim of the technology programme at UWCSEA is to use digital tools to support teaching and learning. Technology is not an end in itself.”

The school also supports the integration of technology with a strong emphasis on educating the wider school community around the ideas of digital citizenship and e-safety. UWCSEA is part of an international accreditation system, Generation Safe, which helps to ensure that there is comprehensive support in this important area.

UWCSEA’s goal is to educate individuals to embrace challenge and take responsibility for shaping a better world. The UWC movement makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

21st Century Learning International was founded by a group of educators with a mission to “make learning relevant, powerful and authentic to students in the 21st century" 

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4 Nov 2014
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