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Noelene Callaghan

Awards & Publications

2019 - Recipient of USYD Women in Leadership Prize

Great leaders motivate, inspire and empower their teams. Women in leadership positions may face a number of challenges unique to female leaders. This prize recognises women who can identify and deal with these challenges as they aim to perform at their peak. These leaders are credible, influential as you step into a new leadership role, and discover how to and build engagement and motivation in a team. They have mastered the tactics for creating positive team dynamics and culture.

2019 - Recipient of NSW DoE ITD Women in Technology Award

These Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution and achievements of NSW Department of Education (in ITD) women working in all fields of technology who can demonstrate a significant contribution to our directorates knowledge and community.

2019 - Adobe Campus Leader

Adobe Campus Leaders are innovative primary, secondary, and higher education faculty members at accredited institutions who are thought leaders using Adobe tools on their school, district, or university campus(es). They are advocates for educator-driven professional development and support colleagues and students in developing creative problem solving skills.

2018 - Recipient of World Teachers Day Award

The Teachers Guild of NSW honour teachers who have made a wonderful contribution to their school in advancing the education profession. Noelene was granted this honour for her commitment to upskilling local communities in their ICT practice. More information about the World Teachers Day award can be found here.

2018 T4L Winner - Innovative use of ICT in Secondary Schools

The NSW Department of Education T4L Awards were initiated to reward schools who were innovate in one of 8 specific technological areas. Open to schools throughout the state, Glenwood High School won the category 'Innovative Use of ICT in Secondary Schools' based on the work by Noelene Callaghan in the iCentre that she established and maintained. More information about the T4L Awards can be found here.

2016 & 2018 Global Minecraft Mentor

The main objectives for the Global Minecraft Mentor Program are to provide feedback on Minecraft: Education Edition and related products, support educators on their Minecraft journey, and connect with other like-minded educators to push game-based learning forward around the world. I have also been recognised for my research on the use of Minecraft in the Classroom and participated in the 2017 NSW DoE Minecraft Education Pilot Program.

2016-2017 Google Certified Educator

Google Certified Teachers (GCTs) are:

  • Outstanding educators with a passion for using innovative technologies and approaches to improve teaching and learning.
  • Creative leaders who understand opportunities and challenges, and have a desire to help empower others in their local community and beyond.
  • Ambassadors for change who model high expectations, life-long learning, collaboration, equity, and innovation.

2015-2020 Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator

Recipient of 2015 Australian MIE Educator Award (representing Australian Educators at Global Educators Exchange in Seattle)

Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIE Expert) are a global community of educators passionate about using technology to improve student outcomes. Each year, Microsoft selects visionary educators to be part of this exclusive global community who are paving the way for their peers to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other.

MIE Expert's role in the community:

  • Build educator capacity for using technology in teaching and learning to improve student learning
  • Advise Microsoft and education institutions on how to integrate technology in pedagogically sound ways
  • Be an advocate at conferences, events and trainings for how Microsoft technology can improve learning

2013 NSW Premiers Teachers Scholarship

In 2013, Noelene was the runner up in Premiers Teachers Mutual Bank New and Emerging Scholarship category. Noelene's study interest focused on using social networking sites as key collaborative tools that could be used in and outside of the classroom. 

2012 Guild Research Award Prize

Thee awards created by The Teachers Guild of NSW is to encourage excellence in research work, and all nominees that participated in these awards had an opportunity to compete for the $1000 Guild Research Award Prize, $500 COOP Bookshop prize and special certificate that recognises the nominee’s high standing.

The poster presentation session is designed to be a powerful alternative presentation using stimulating layout and interactive discussion. The presenters are given five minute introductions to “sell” their posters to the audience. The five minute introductions gave a much higher profile to the posters, which was intended to “break the ice” for further discussions during the poster sessions.

The judges ranked the candidates according to: (1) content and scientific quality, (2) clarity and (3) presentation skills and determined the winners for the following categories:

  • Guild Research Award Winner: Noelene Callaghan from Macquarie University
  • Highly Commended Award: Nola Norris from the University of Wollongong
  • Encouragement Award: Clint Sheehan from the Australian Catholic University

2012 Highly Accomplished ICT Educator (HAICTE)

The PLANE mission is to provide an online professional learning environment for educators that empowers them to utilise cutting edge technology and best practice methodology to learn through inquiry, create, collaborate, innovate, and transform their teaching practices to, in turn, inspire and enable the 21st Century learning of their students.

PLANE enables Early Career and New Scheme Teachers to support each other in formal and informal just in time online learning experiences with the support of 150 selected Highly Accomplished ICT Educators (HAICTE). These HAICTEs participated in a rigorous selection process and were required to provide a reflective ePortfolio about their professional learning to date, evidencing their role in schools or programs where they facilitated peer learning, collaborating locally and globally and sharing examples of teaching strategies where they implemented 21st Century teaching practice. 


Articles on Technology - The Australian Teachers Magazine. All articles can be found at

Callaghan, N., & Bower, M. (2012). Learning through social networking sites - the critical role of the teacher. Educational Media International, 49(1), 1-17. 

DOI: 10.1080/09523987.2012.662621

Noelene Callaghan (2016) Investigating the role of Minecraft in educational learning environments, Educational Media International,53:4, 244-260, 

DOI: 10.1080/09523987.2016.1254877