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Friday, 27 March 2015 07:00

Announcing the 2015 GEC Winners!

After six months of hard work, innovation, creativity and team working, all the GEC teams have been waiting excitedly to hear which team from the thirty-one schools internationally would be chosen by the GEC judges. The judging team had a very difficult task, and based their shortlisting and final decisions on a number of criteria, including profitability, quality of work and final report quality. They also took feedback from the project coordinator Chloe Farrant and looked at the online work and collaboration evident in the team's Sharepoint site and Yammer groups. It was a very difficult decision!

In the end, from the final shortlisted teams, here are the results:

1st place : R N Podar- Bookmarks

2nd place: St Hilda’s- Treehouse Project

3rd place: Birmingham Covington- ZINC ALIKE-

4  highly commended : Julio Verne  - Pencil Toppers

5  commended : Notre Dame -  Recycled products

Congratulations to RN Podar's Bookmarks team, who are this year's overall winner!

Look out for pictures from their excellent portfolio as well as from the skype call that Mr Bishop held to inform them of thir winning team this afternoon.

The winning team can now look forward to an exciting trip to Seattle next month, where they will be congratulated by Anthony Salcito, VP of Education for Microsoft, at the prestigious E2 conference.      

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 07:00

About the Judges for GEC 2015

Here are the three judges that will be making a decision about the winning team for the 2015 GEC.

 mandeep  merlin  mark

Mandeep Atwal, was appointed in 2012 as the UK Teacher Business Manager for Microsoft Education. She is a teacher by nature and was a secondary RE teacher for six years, where she developed ‘Young Voices’, a school based project focused on how young people could use technology to encourage open debates between pupils from different ethnic and religious backgrounds; from anywhere in the world. This project was recognized by Microsoft Partners in Learning, and awarded both the Microsoft UK and European Innovative Teacher's Award in 2009. Young Voices then went on to achieve first place at the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum Award in 2009 for the category ‘Community’.

Merlin John is a London-based freelance journalist and consultant who runs his own website,, which focuses on learning with technology, and works with a number of organisations and publications. He was given a BETT Outstanding Achievement for ICT in Education Award in 2012 for “exceptional journalism and recognition for the need for discussion”.

Merlin was on the judging panel in Barcelona in 2014 where the start-up funds were awarded for the Global Enterprise Challenge.

Mark Sparvell has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, coordinator, national project coordinator, principal and university course designer/lecturer. For the past three years, Mark worked at the Principals Australia Institute, designing and delivering professional learning for school leadership audiences across Australia and Asia-Pacific. Sparvell has supported Microsoft in Education for a number of years as a Global Innovative Teaching judge, Mentor School Coach and facilitator. Today, he is an integral part of the Microsoft in Education team, focusing on school leadership strategy, and supporting the Showcase Schools program.