Microsoft puts Royal College among world’s most innovative schools

Royal College, Colombo, has been selected by Microsoft Corporation as one of the world’s most innovative schools. The selections were made from hundreds of schools from different countries around the world.

Royal College is listed among 30 schools in the world with the best innovative practices. The schools were judged on academic success, culture of innovation, leadership, community learning, strategic planning and the innovative use of information and communications technologies.

“This is a great achievement for Royal,” Royal College principal Upali Gunasekere told the Sunday Times. “Technology is widespread in many of the countries in the best 30 schools category. In some of those countries, students even use laptops at school.”

Mr. Gunasekere was speaking from Brazil, where he is attending the fifth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (IEF), organised by Microsoft Corporation. “For the past few years the school has been initiating a lot of innovative practices, most of them technology-related,” he said.

Mr. Gunasekere said Royal College and the 29 other schools have been asked to come up with more innovative practices over the next 12 months, and at the end of the period the schools’ performances will be evaluated.

“This is a continuing process,” Mr. Gunasekere said. “We have to keep up with our best practices. We are hoping that students, teachers, parents and old boys will all pitch in to help the school come up with more innovations.”

Royal College is now a Global Pathfinder School in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network. The students will be able to connect with other schools around the world and share best practices.

Schools that were listed along with Royal were from Australia, Britain, Canada, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Singapore, Russia, the Philippines and several other European and Asian countries.

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