Act Locally, Think Globally!

11th March 2014

Microsoft today launched its “Education Global Forum” in Barcelona, recognising the best of worldwide innovative teaching and learning through technology.

The event is being attended by Lena McMorrow, Vice Principal of St. Mary’s College who is representing the school and the city.

Lena McMorrow, Vice Principal from St. Mary’s said:

“This is a major achievement for St Mary's College. 1100 Global school leaders will attend this event, and I will be coaching and leading the team from Western Europe. We will discover and share innovative strategies and best practice in the new generation of digital technologies. This work is critical if Derry is to compete effectively in the global economy. I believe that we who have the privilege to teach young people must be humble enough to develop and challenge our own skills so that we can see the world through their eyes”.

Gerard McCleave, Director of Strategy & Regeneration at Ilex commented:

“The Microsoft in Education Global Forum provides a platform for key innovators and experts in education, allowing them to showcase best practice in the use of technology for learning.  This fits very closely to the key education and skills themes within the city’s One Plan, and is a fantastic opportunity for local schools to connect with a global network by accessing worldwide resources in I.T. and computing”.

Recognising the importance of this event, Chair of the Skills Directorate, Gavin Killeen said:

“The Microsoft in Education Global Forum is an extremely prestigious event.  Alongside other attendees, Lena will see the application of cutting edge technology in education and share best practice with local schools.   It is vital that our children and young people are equipped with the necessary skills to pursue careers in STEM industries and we would see this as the first of many such opportunities”.