PiL Program Spotlights–John Fawkner College

John Fawkner College is a small 7 – 12 secondary school located 18km from the CBD in Melbourne’s Northern Suburbs. Approximately 450 students are enrolled at the college with approximately 120 of these students participating in the off-site Sports Education Development Australia (SEDA) program. The college has a Student Family Occupation (SFO) index of 0.73…

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PiL Spotlight: Edge Hill State School

  Edge Hill is a primary school situated approximately 8km from the centre of Cairns in Far North Queensland. The school has a proud tradition of providing innovative, quality education to students from P- 7. With an enrolment of over 1000 students and a teaching staff of 50+, our school is a bustling, thriving learning…

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PiL Program Spotlights–Kedron State High School

Established in 1956, Kedron State High School is one of the most successful multi-cultural high schools in Brisbane. Located in the northern metropolitan area, the school’s hard working staff and dedicated students achieve outstanding results in academia, music and sport. The student population of just under 1200 students originates from some 50 different primary schools…

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Partners in Learning Schools Program 2011 Report

  “Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.” Apollinaire Abstract & Summary The Microsoft Partners in Learning schools program brings 20 of Australia’s best government K-12 institutions together into a virtual and real-time innovation hub with opportunities…

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PiL Program Spotlights – Horsham West / Haven Primary School

By Brendan Bush, Craig Amos & Ben Miatke, Horsham West-Haven Primary School Our school is a dual campus P-6 Primary School located on the western fringe of Horsham and at Haven, which is 5 kilometres south of Horsham. Approximately 580 students attend the Horsham West campus and approximately a further 70 attend our Haven campus….

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PiL Program Spotlight – Quinns Beach Primary School

Quinns Beach Primary School (QBPS) is a level 5 school situated 15 kilometres north of Joondalup. Students attending the school are characteristically from the suburb of Quinns Rocks. There are currently 680 students enrolled from P-7. The school is a member of the 2012 Partners in Learning Innovative Pilot Schools program and RUMA network and…

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Pilot Program Spotlight–Merrylands East Public School

Learning, Learning Learning and Learning Merrylands East Public School (MEPS) is situated on traditional Aboriginal Dharruk land, near the main central business district of Parramatta. The student population is drawn from over 40 socio-cultural backgrounds predominately from Pacific Island, African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities. Eighty-four per cent of students speak a language other than…

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Technologies Promises to Education

In a recent speech at the National Association of Independent Schools Conference in Seattle, USA, Bill Gates talked about technologies can help increase the impact of teaching and learning. There is no doubt that a lot has been promised, a lot is possible and perhaps all the dreams and promises have not been delivered but…

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Imagine Cup 2012 – Getting Creative…….

"We get educated out of creativity" Ken Robinson I was looking back at some TED talks this morning and came across the rather hilarious talk by Sir Ken Robinson, ‘Do schools kill creativity?’ It got me thinking, surely this isn’t always the case? Creativity is one of the 21st century skills that we all rhyme…

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Accessibility Resources for Education

For more than 20 years, Microsoft has been committed to building accessibility into our products and services, and we are equally dedicated to providing accessibility resources for both students and educators. An estimated 186 million children with disabilities worldwide have not completed their primary school education. Microsoft believes accessible technology can provide educational opportunities to…

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