Barbara Anna Zielonka
Ambassador, Advisory

Barbara Anna Zielonka


Lifelong Learner/Global Educator/ Project Coordinator/ Ed Tech Specialist/ Varkey Teacher Ambassador/TeachSDGs Ambassador

I have been teaching English at Nannestad High School, Norway for the past 10 years. I also co-authored Skills- an English course book for vocational students. I hold an MA in English Philology from the Silesian University, Poland. In the past 7 years, I have also participated in a number of studies, courses, webinars and seminars as I am a life-long learner.

Since 2011, I have been actively engaged in global and collaborative projects. In June 2017, I was the only European teacher who received a Great Global Project Challenge Grant prize, for my latest project called "The Universe is Made of Tiny Stories". My projects have also received several European Quality Labels. In May 2017, I received Norway's prestigious Gullepleprisen 2017 from the Norwegian Educational Data Society (NPeD). This prize is awarded once a year to an educator who has demonstrated the effective use of IT in teaching. In February 2018, I was one of just ten finalists in the $1m Global Teacher Prize.

Bio-Passionate English teacher at Nannestad High School (Norway); actively engaged in the teaching of English; co-author of Skills; instructional coach; edtech specialist; project coordinator; FlipGrid Certified Educator, Buncee Ambassador; Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator; Digital Citizenship Champion; #TeachSDGs Ambassador; The Great Global Project Challenge Grantee; winner of the Gullepleprisen 2017; Top 10 shortlist for the $1million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018; The Outstanding Pole Award 2018 (Science); actively engaging CLIL/CBL and eTwinning in the teaching; special areas of interest are English for Specific Purposes, blended learning, connections-based learning;ICT-based teaching, flipped classroom teaching model, web2.0 tools and professional development courses for teachers.  

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I love learning and connecting with other educators from across the globe, and I am passionate about connecting students to each other and to the world through my global projects. Together we can transform the education!

How can education support students to flourish?

If we want our students to flourish, we need to create a positive school culture and school climate. Our students need to feel respected, valued and cared for. Education should prepare students for the workplaces of the future.

What role does innovation play in education change?

 Innovation can change the way students and teachers work, learn, communicate and engage in social activities. Schools need to open up to innovation!

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

If I were to choose three favourite HundrED innovations, I would go for:

a.OneCourse/OneBillion- nothing in education is more important than reading. Reading opens the window to the world and we need to decrease numbers of kids who are illiterate

b.GreenBronxMachine- this project is really hands-on and helps grow organic citizens

c.Student Agents- empowering students is dear to my heart as I believe it lets students take ownership of their learning. Digital transformation is still a buzzword in many schools but if we involve students, we might make it happen at our schools.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

1.Kids Can-Innovation Camp- ( great project focusing on the design thinking)

2.3Day StartUp Program- 

3.Global Oneness Project

4.The Agora Project (how to eliminate racial biases)