A Sway in a Manger


imageIt’s the end of another great year with Microsoft Partners in Learning. We are looking forward to the year ahead. Starting with BETT in January, the launch of Kodu Kup 2015, the launch of the QuickStart Computing materials, the Global Forum in March and the full release of Sway.

The first change you will notice in the New Year is that we stop referring to Partners in Learning Network and PiL. They are not going anywhere, we are just changing the name to reflect the ever changing landscape that is Education. From now on we are the Microsoft Educator Network aka MSEN and we have a new website url www.educatornetwork.com . You might like to update your favourites and links to reflect this.

The one thing I am really looking forward to is the full release of Sway (hence the cheesy title of this post)

For those who  don’t know Sway, essentially enables students to illustrate and express their ideas in a fun, interactive way and then very simply share them with their classmates, teacher and parents. What makes the app so different is that there are no page breaks or splits. The work is composed on a rolling canvas which gives a luxurious quality experience, which I would describe as the 'e-experience' of flicking through a coffee table book, a bit like Flipboard. It will work across the majority of touch devices. It feels less 'rigid' or official than a PowerPoint,(which I still love) and is ideal as a way for students to develop and present their ideas and learning.

I am looking forward to sharing some great learning activities for Sway in 2015.

I am also greatly looking forward to developing and evolving our computing activity in 2015. We launch Kodu Kup at BETT in January and our training for teachers resources, Quickstart Computing. Of course there is Minecraft, what will we be doing with that? It is all very exciting.

imageTraditionally, with end of year summaries you often remember what we have lost. So I would like us all to reflect and reminisce on the brilliance that was Clip Art. Microsoft have decided it will close the clip art library. We all remember installing the 4GB of clipart that came on DVD and filled our harddrives. Remember how boring our worksheets were before clipart. So I would like to end with my favourite piece of clip art ever. What was yours?

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi.

See you in 2015.


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