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These Superusers are a source of inspiration for Izak9 users globally, as examples of their leading practice are shared on their own Superuser pages, in our Izak9 blog section and on Twitter.

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Barbara McKenzie
Bush Primary School, Tyrone

 

Gabriel Brogan
Principal, St. Theresa’s PS, Glebe

 

Clare Enright
St. Oliver Plunkett PS, Belfast

 

Frances Hanna
St. Oliver Plunkett PS, Belfast

 

Belinda Todd
Ballymoney High School

 

Bronach Miller
Mercy Primary School, Belfast

 

Bronagh Mulholland
St. Mary's Primary School Glen, Maghera

 

Charlotte McDonagh
Holy Evangelists' Primary School, Belfast

 

Karen Gordon
Newry High School

 

Kathy Owens
Holy Cross Girls' Primary School, Belfast

 

Michelle Kelly
Dromintee Primary School, Newry

 

MJ Malone
St. Enda's National School, Lisdoonvarna

 

Ross Isdale
Firrhill High School, Edinburgh

 

Ursula Doyle
St. Mary's Primary School, Altinure

 

Conor McCrystall
Principal, Tummery PS, Dromore

Colleen Dolan
St. Naile's Primary School, Fermanagh

Tommy Duffy
Holy Family Senior National School, Swords

 

Katie Zwinkels
British School in the Netherlands

 

Fiona Robley
Stoneyburn and Greenrigg Primary Schools

 

Tom Percy
Principal Scoil Mhichil Naofa, Galmoy

 

Shauna Quinn
St. Mark’s High School, Warrenpoint

 

Valerie Walsh
Castle Park Primary School, Dalkey

 

Rhya Doherty
St. Macartan’s National School, Bundoran

 

Francis Murphy
St. Ita's Primary School, Belfast

 

Grant Whitaker
Gayhurst School

 

 

Only those present on this register are eligible to deliver Izak9 training outside of their own school or cluster. Anyone else doing so, is in breach of copyright.

Barbara McKenzie

Barbara has been using Izak9 for 3 years and is one of our foremost practitioners.

She has:

  • used Izak9 during classroom visits from the Inspectorate which were given as outstanding;
  • facilitated Izak9 Parents and Family events;
  • organized and facilitated Shared Education Events using Izak9 Maths as a focus;
  • submitted material published on the cover of UTU magazine;
  • adapted the use of Izak9 to support pupils and teachers throughout her school.

Specialist area: Shared Education

Media

Gabriel Brogan

Gabriel has facilitated parent and family events, initiated transition projects with his neighboring Secondary School’s maths department and engaged his entire school with Izak9 in very innovative fashion – his own class of children made a video to engage the rest of the staff in the school with izak9’s use. This has worked supremely well to the point where Gabriel’s initiatives were shared as examples of leading practice at presentations organized by the Northern Ireland Inspectorate.

Specialist area: Transition

Downloads

Clare Enright

Clare and Frances are superb maths teachers and Apple certified trainers. Their advanced knowledge of how to effectively use Technology has added a completely new dimension to the use of Izak9 in their School. Children regularly use a variety of tablet applications in tandem with Izak9 as a mechanism by which they can: record and display evidence of teaching and learning; present their findings and results to teachers, peers and parents in contemporary, relevant and innovative fashion. You can view their blog here. The ladies have also used a KTP approach to ensure that leading practice is disseminated throughout their school and they regularly host visiting schools to share with them also.

Specialist area: Blended learning Maths/ICT

Downloads / Links

Frances Hanna

Frances and Clare are superb maths teachers and Apple certified trainers. Their advanced knowledge of how to effectively use Technology has added a completely new dimension to the use of Izak9 in their School. Children regularly use a variety of tablet applications in tandem with Izak9 as a mechanism by which they can: record and display evidence of teaching and learning; present their findings and results to teachers, peers and parents in contemporary, relevant and innovative fashion. You can view their blog here. The ladies have also used a KTP approach to ensure that leading practice is disseminated throughout their school and they regularly host visiting schools to share with them also.

Specialist area: Blended learning Maths/ICT

Downloads / Links

Belinda Todd

Belinda has provided Izak9 demonstrations and staff training sessions to teachers in Primary and Post Primary Schools in the Ballymoney region. She has also successfully used Izak9 with partner schools within her school’s Shared Education programme and has also delivered lessons to children in primaries 6 and 7 to help improve Pupil Transition between both phases.

Specialist area: Transition

Bronach Miller

Bronach is an exceptional talent. She is one of our first Izak9 users and has developed a wealth of original material and opportunities for Izak9’s use. She has orgainsed projects, events and investigations using Izak9, that have involved all pupils and teachers throughout her school. She has positively engaged younger children from as early as P1 with Izak9 as well as engaging pupils from neighbouring primary schools and her local Secondary School in Transition based projects using the resource.

Specialist areas: Transition, early years adaptation, whole school vision

Bronagh Mulholland

As part of the KS2/3 Transition Project Bronagh invited teachers from her partner PP school to visit her classroom and see Izak9 in action. This led to training for the PP teachers who subsequently used Izak9 on their Open Day.  In addition, Bronagh has been involved with Maghera PS through the Shared Education Initiative, training teachers and working with groups of pupils from both schools.Following on from training Key Stage 2 teachers in her own school Bronagh trained the P1 teacher who incorporated Izak9 into the After Schools Club for P4 pupils and her own P1 class.

Specialist area: Shared Education

Charlotte McDonagh

As part of the KS2/3 Transition Project Charlotte held an Izak9 training session with her local secondary school and will be following up with this in the near future. In addition to training staff in her own school, she introduced Izak9 to pupils in Key Stage 1, led a successful Family Evening and has encouraged pupils to use Chatterpix to record their thinking on various Izak9 tasks. 

Specialist area: Transition

Karen Gordon

Karen presented evidence of training the other teachers in own department and worked with KS2 pupils from local primary schools. In addition, she hosted a Maths Transition Project Day which was very positively evaluated.

Specialist areas: Shared Education, Transition

Kathy Owens

Kathy, along with one of our Superusers from another school, organised an Izak9 Quiz event for the pupils of both Primary Schools and their neighbouring secondary school. The event proved a great success with younger primary children subsequently wishing to run their own event. She has also designed and adapted tasks for children in Primary 3 and regularly delivers refresher training to teachers on how to best use any recently added online Izak9 support materials.

Specialist area: Transition

Michelle Kelly

As part of the KS2/3 Transition Project Michelle has been working on Izak9 training with her partner PP school. Following on from this training all Key Stage 2 teachers are incorporating Izak9 into their teaching and she has presented evidence of Izak9 being used effectively in Key Stage 1.

Specialist area: Transition

MJ Malone

MJ is a teaching principal in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare and has had several years’ experience working with the PDST. He is our foremost Izak9 user in Ireland and works closely with us designing and delivering Izak9 maths training courses that focus on integrating the skills as well as the content of the maths curriculum, into everyday teaching and learning. MJ also delivers the Team Maths summer programme in Clare Education Centre as well as Izak9 training courses in Clare and neighbouring Education Centres.

Specialist area: Skills of the Irish Maths Curriculum

Downloads

Links

Ross Isdale

We first met Ross in Bonaly Primary School in Edinburgh, a feeder Primary to Firrhill High School, where he is Maths Lead. Ross was so taken by the use of Izak9 that his own school purchased it immediately and was the first Post Primary School in Scotland to do so.

Ross participated in our first to Education Authority sponsored Izak9 training events in Northern Ireland and has since become the foremost Izak9 user in Scotland. Ross has undertaken his own research project with a new cohort of S1 pupils to test the efficacy of Izak9’s use in his school (see PDF). He also visits local Primary Schools in Edinburgh to showcase the effectiveness of Izak9’s use, the impact it can have on pupil transition and the raising of standards in the teaching and learning of maths.

Specialist area: Transition

Ursula Doyley

Ursula is one of our first Izak9 users and was actually involved in our pilot Research and Development Programme which involved the use of the giant original set of Izak9 cubes.

Specialist area: Shared Education

Conor McCrystall

The principal of Conor’s School was one of our most enthusiastic early adopters and has introduced Izak9 to very many schools in his region, via staff training sessions and the sharing of best practice. Conor has led this out and…

Specialist area: Shared Education

Colleen Dolan

Colleen works within the four school Claddagh Glen Shared Education Partnership in Fermanagh. As part of their Shared Education Programme pupils from all 4 schools participated in 6 separate Izak9 interactive maths workshops, over 2 terms. The workshops took place in Kinawley Community Centre. Colleen worked closely with us in the design and delivery of the programme and also delivers presentations as part of our Education Authority sponsored training programmes to teachers in Northern Ireland.

Specialist area: Shared Education

Tommy Duffy

Specialist area: Mental Maths, Adaptation and Stretch

Tommy is the 'Minister of Maths' in Holy Family Senior National School Swords, where his pupils are national Mathletes Champions. He is a passionate maths practitioner, always has high expectations of pupils and believes in providing them with the best opportunities possible to build a apositive relationship with the subject. Tommy is the regional Superuser for Drumcondra EC and delivers izak9 training sessions for teachers on behalf of the North Dublin Centre.

Katie Zwinkels

Katie, on the recommendation of her Head teacher, took a close look at Izak9 with a view to adopting it’s use in her 'Internationally British’ school in The Hague. She very quickly embraced what Izak9 had to offer both pupils and staff to the extent whereby the device’s use is now embedded in her school’s planning across all year groups. Katie has facilitated whole school staff training with Qubizm staff in her school.  She has also run workshops for parents and families, using Izak9 to help demonstrate the importance of being able to explain your reasoning and how approaching mathematics from an interactive angle can help engage all pupils.  This inclusive method of teaching and learning can help to raise confidence in engaging with the subject of mathematics for parents, staff and pupils.

Specialist area: Primary International

Fiona Robley

Fiona works between Stoneyburn and Greenrigg Primary Schools in West Lothian, Scotland, developing Numeracy.  I have been using IZAK9 for the last few years, having received our initial training from Franz.

Over the past few years I have used IZAK9 in P4-7 classes across both schools, had a joint event involving children from both schools (as part of a transition project), held a parent workshop and most recently, involved parents in IZAK9 activities at our Open Evening during Scottish Maths Week.

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Tom Percy

Shauna Quinn

Specialist area: Transition

Downloads

 

Valerie Walsh

Rhya Doherty

Francis Murphy

Grant Whitaker

Grant is Director of Studies and Head of Mathematics at a prep school in Buckinghamshire. He was instantly hooked on Izak9 when he happened to chance upon an email highlighting its benefits. He has since organised and facilitated an Able Gifted and Talented pupils challenge event using Izak9 Maths as a focus. He has also delivered demonstrations to HOD’s at area training meetings in North London. His article was published in the SATIPS broadsheet for Mathematics and also featured in Andrew Jeffrey’s monthly ‘Magic Message’ newsletter. Grant has developed original material and opportunities for Izak9’s use.

Specialist areas: Blended learning Maths/ICT

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