The first Pearson and Microsoft CPD Course for FE teachers took place last Thursday and Friday, showing teachers how to map ITA modules to gets students through BTEC.
25 teachers from around the country gathered at the spectacular New Horizons Training Centre at Stratford. New Horizons, a subsidiary of Newham College, are a Microsoft Learning Partner delivering Microsoft courses for the commercial market.
The course, jointly delivered by Jennifer King (Head of Media at Strode’s College) and Andrew Smith (Senior Standards Verifier for QCF BTEC IT), aims to improve the confidence of FE tutors in some of the latest mobile app and computer game technologies, so they can equip their students with the skills demanded by the UK's growing technology industries. Teachers are shown how students can use the joint learning outcomes from Microsoft Technology Associate certifications to add to and harmonize with the BTEC learning experience and make students work ready using the benefits of the MTA certifications and The Microsoft IT Academy Program.
During the course, the focus was on the need for students to have the latest creative technological skills, the benefit of these skills being backed up with Microsoft certifications and the ease in which students can gain these qualifications through IT Academy. The creative technologies covered on day one were HTML 5 and the new elements that make web design more streamlined, followed by Mobile Phone App Design and how easy it is to motivate students to learn while creating apps that can earn them money and land them a job. The second day was dedicated to Computer Game Development where the delegates were taken through the tips and tricks for delivering this unit and then tasked with creating their own game.
After the event, Jennifer said ' The beauty of Microsoft’s IT Academy is that all the content and lessons align to the same end goal - teaching students the skills they need to get certified and employed. The delegates found the content so useful it was requested the course be extended to three days!'
A second course is being held at Manchester College on 5th and 6th of June.
Plans are being made for a follow up after the Manchester event, with a one hour webinar on to review the events and allow those who were unable to attend to find out more. There are also plans to run additional instructor led sessions later in the year.
Course co-ordination provided by ITSkillsman, a Microsoft Academy Service Partner. ITSkillsman specialise in providing support to Microsoft IT Academies and contextualising Microsoft certification programs in the UK education landscape. The courses are joint funded by Pearson and Microsoft.