VIA students receive much praise

Four VIA Students
Best and second best diploma project, best diploma project on IT-supported teaching and digital teaching resources, third best bachelor project and two special awards for excellent presentation.

These were the achievements of the nominated VIA students when the knowledge portal Lærerprofession.dk chose the best exam projects of the year among newly graduated teachers (bachelor projects) and fully trained teachers who have completed further studies (diploma projects). 

The many exam projects are judged by expert panels consisting of researchers and the municipal heads of schools among others. 

The Danish Minister of Education Christine Antorini gave the winners their awards and a handshake as she ended the suspense by opening the gold-, silver- and bronze-coloured envelopes containing the results of the panels of judges. 

An intangible theme becomes tangible and action-oriented 

Marianne Vincent Ancher won the award for the best diploma project. The project entitled "Effektiv tilgang til interkulturel kompetence" deals with ways for schools to prioritise the implementation of an international dimension in the teaching and it reveals how this should be done. 

The Minister of Education gave this reason for the choice: "The project is making a somewhat intangible topic concrete by use of interesting research and discussions about inter-cultural educational practice. The project is very action-oriented and deals with important themes, which should give rise to reflection among teachers and heads in the municipal primary and lower secondary schools." The award-winner gave a short lecture on inter-cultural skills after the awards ceremony. 

Marianne Vincent Ancher is a teacher at the school Mølholm Skole in Vejle, and she works as a consultant at the centre for educational resources at UC Lillebælt. 

New technology alone does not lead to improved teaching 

Dorte Halberg Jacobsen from Parkvejens Skole in Odder won an award for the best diploma project about IT-supported teaching and digital teaching resources. All students at the school use iPads. 

Christine Antorini gave the following reasons for the choice: "Based on her background as an English tutor at a school that focuses on the use of IT in teaching, Dorte Halberg gives a constructive and critical account of her role in spearheading habitual, structural and didactical change. In her analysis, she demonstrates the existence of many digital challenges and the fact that new technology alone does not lead to improved teaching."

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