Every year the Danish national newspaper Politiken hosts an award show, where they honor teachers from across the country, who have made a difference for their students, one way or the other.
It’s the students, the parents or the colleagues who nominate the candidates, and every year more than one thousand teachers are nominated.
At the award show, only 9 teachers actually win an award. 3 from K12 schools, 3 from high schools and 3 from the universities.
This year I and my colleague Francis Nørregard were nominated, because of our work with robotics for children with special needs, and guess what… We actually won.
As a teacher, it’s the ultimate recognition, and it was definitely the highlight of my career to go on stage at Politiken’s Headquarter to receive the prize.
One thing is to be recognized for what you’re doing, but more importantly, the award attracts focus to our robotics project. The articles in the newspaper about our work, went nationwide and actually also worldwide because Politiken decided to use our story as the Danish contribution to World Impact Journalism day 2017.
So the award has really made an impact. Furthermore the 25.000 kr. that we won, we are going to spend on a trip to Las Vegas in January 2018 to participate in the CES show, so we can get even more inspired and get new ideas on how to use technology for children with special needs.