Published on 4 April 2013
A Queensland school principal so enthusiastic about the uses of technology that he was appointed chairperson of a worldwide Microsoft advisory board will inspire the next generation of primary teachers now studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Clayton Carnes of Hermit Park State School in Townsville is the only school principal in the world to have been invited to join the influential board, based in the United States, first as a member and now as chairperson.
He is also one of seven principals in the world to have been awarded “super mentor” status by Microsoft.
University of the Sunshine Coast Education academic Chris Dann said Mr Carnes would be guest lecturer at two USC Primary Education courses on Monday 8 April, as well as discussing teaching and research with USC staff.
Mr Dann, USC Lecturer in Professional Engagement (Primary), said he expected Mr Carnes’ lectures to offer exciting insights into the future of primary education, in particular how technology might impact on learning and teaching.
“He’ll talk about how technology can be used to enhance curriculum, not for technology’s sake but for the sake of improving children’s learning,” Mr Dann said. “For example, what learning outcomes can be achieved with devices such as smart phones or apps?”
Mr Carnes, who uses Facebook and Twitter to spread his “Claytonisms” such as Perception Is Reality and Parents Are Your Employer, is passionate about state schooling, sustainability, wellbeing and information technology.
He is also the Queensland Association of State School Principals’ state chair of ICT and has advised both federal and state governments.
He was named 2012 Australian iAwards ICT Educator of the Year.
— Julie Schomberg