Brianna Winsor - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Combining Japanese language and digital technology

As a teacher of Japanese language at Brisbane State High School, Brianna Winsor is integrating digital technology with the schools’ curriculum and sharing her experience with other teachers along the way.

After studying Japanese in primary and high school herself, Brianna set off on an exchange year in Japan and returned to complete a Bachelor Degree in Language and Applied Linguistics and a Graduate Diploma in Education.

As a Japanese language teacher to Brisbane State High Schools’ Year 7–12 students, Brianna is proud to be one of the school’s Digital Learning Champions and has been inducted as an Apple Distinguished Educator – a global community of education leaders recognised for their outstanding work with Apple technology in and out of the classroom.

Initially, Brianna was overwhelmed at the thought of introducing iPads to her Japanese program. However, in less than one year she has transformed her classes to improve student engagement and outcomes, extend learning beyond the classroom and free-up more time to interact with and support students inside and outside of class.

As a Digital Learning Champion at Brisbane State High School, Brianna has also:

  • helped other teachers improve their ability to use technology to enhance lessons for students including iTunesU, Showbie and Nearpod
  • supported teachers to select and develop digital resources to transform learning experiences
  • developed teachers’ capacity to plan and cater for individual learning needs through the integration of technology
  • heightened teacher awareness of the possibilities for effectively using digital content and tools
  • collaborated with teachers and school leaders to set, monitor and develop digital performance goals
  • created #ClipsTips for language learners

As a Community Digital Champion, Brianna will continue to introduce digital technology to her classes, and mentor, tutor and coach fellow colleagues at Brisbane State High School and share with her wider community, including:

  • meeting with other Brisbane State High School Digital Learning Champions and the Digital Committee to strengthen the school’s digital program
  • meeting with and assisting ‘mentee’ teachers including classroom observations, team teaching and reflective conversations
  • presenting at language faculty meetings to teach colleagues about digital tools and share strategies
  • creating videos for student and parent information nights to promote digital technology in the classroom
  • sharing classroom activities and pedagogical reflections through social media platforms such as Twitter.

Brianna is nominated by: Brisbane State High School

Combining Japanese language and digital technology

As a teacher of Japanese language at Brisbane State High School, Brianna Winsor is integrating digital technology with the schools’ curriculum and sharing her experience with other teachers along the way.

After studying Japanese in primary and high school herself, Brianna set off on an exchange year in Japan and returned to complete a Bachelor Degree in Language and Applied Linguistics and a Graduate Diploma in Education.

As a Japanese language teacher to Brisbane State High Schools’ Year 7–12 students, Brianna is proud to be one of the school’s Digital Learning Champions and has been inducted as an Apple Distinguished Educator – a global community of education leaders recognised for their outstanding work with Apple technology in and out of the classroom.

Initially, Brianna was overwhelmed at the thought of introducing iPads to her Japanese program. However, in less than one year she has transformed her classes to improve student engagement and outcomes, extend learning beyond the classroom and free-up more time to interact with and support students inside and outside of class.

As a Digital Learning Champion at Brisbane State High School, Brianna has also:

  • helped other teachers improve their ability to use technology to enhance lessons for students including iTunesU, Showbie and Nearpod
  • supported teachers to select and develop digital resources to transform learning experiences
  • developed teachers’ capacity to plan and cater for individual learning needs through the integration of technology
  • heightened teacher awareness of the possibilities for effectively using digital content and tools
  • collaborated with teachers and school leaders to set, monitor and develop digital performance goals
  • created #ClipsTips for language learners

As a Community Digital Champion, Brianna will continue to introduce digital technology to her classes, and mentor, tutor and coach fellow colleagues at Brisbane State High School and share with her wider community, including:

  • meeting with other Brisbane State High School Digital Learning Champions and the Digital Committee to strengthen the school’s digital program
  • meeting with and assisting ‘mentee’ teachers including classroom observations, team teaching and reflective conversations
  • presenting at language faculty meetings to teach colleagues about digital tools and share strategies
  • creating videos for student and parent information nights to promote digital technology in the classroom
  • sharing classroom activities and pedagogical reflections through social media platforms such as Twitter.

Brianna is nominated by: Brisbane State High School