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Oxford Education Innovation Award

We will not be running the Oxford Education Innovation Award this year.
However, this award will be back bigger and better in July 2016.
If you have any questions please contact us at highered.au@oup.com.

Winning entries of the 2014 Oxford Education Innovation Award can be viewed below, where pre-service teachers were invited to use their imagination and innovation to build their ideal classroom.

Secondary Category
Michael Pye - La Trobe University
Classrooms for Collaboration
A classroom designed around providing opportunities for collaboration among students and their teachers. The focus of this concept is three fold;
1. To develop an environment which promotes productivity, by providing a healthy and comfortable place for students to work.
2. To foster collaboration by including enough space and a specialised table for students and teachers to work together.
3. To increase the effectiveness of teaching by designing a room which allows for improved visibility to the front of the room while increasing the usable space where students work.

Primary Category
Troy Stretton - University of the Sunshine Coast
The Sustainable Classroom
The sustainable classroom is a multi-age learning environment designed for primary education years, with a focus on cooperative learning, sustainability and community. It was created with the Sims 3 building editor.

Early Childhood Category
Claudia Lim - University of Queensland
Designing Learning Spaces
Most Kindergartens and Early Learning Centres have a very similar classroom set up, consisting of bright colours, cartoon-like pictures, plastic manufactured toys and sharp edges. I asked myself 'what if I created a Kindergarten that valued natural materials, diversity, simplistic beauty, inquiry, art, culture, children's creations, community, multisensory learning experiences, wonder, imagination, development of whole child, reflection and so much more?' I am a firm believer that the environment is the 'third teacher' and that children have incredible minds, so here is my answer to my 'what if' question.

Thank you to our 2014 judges Neil Harrison, Jennifer Howell, Robyn Henderson and Helen Adam. Their teaching experience has been a great asset and their knowledge invaluable in keeping this award going.
And thank you to all the students who entered.