Start your free teacher CPD on the Microsoft Educator Community to be in with a chance of winning a tablet device during #MECweek!
The Microsoft Educator Community (or MEC, as you may see it referred to) is a new community site that combines the experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom. This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual field trips.
The first guest post , written by #MIEExpert Paul ‘Lanny’ Watkins – Head of ICT at Sandfields Comprehensive, South Wales – gave an overview of what the new community is all about. Now this post will be looking at how your training is made visible through badges.
What are badges?
Badges are digital proof of your CPD that you can gain through partaking in the numerous training activities and learning paths that are available through the community. From learning more about Sway or Office Mix, to becoming an expert educator, or even supporting the voice of our community through social media – there are up to 45 badges that can be gained through your MEC activity.
How do I get a badge?
Badges are available through various activities that can be found on the site. If you want to earn badges in specific areas of Microsoft technology, such as Windows 10 or OneNote, then you can access these through courses. However, if you’d prefer to embark on a journey to become an expert in Microsoft in the Classroom, 21st Century Learning Design, or another compilation of courses and resources, then you can earn these through learning paths that MEC offers.
Whether you are doing a course or learning path, you will be guided through a range of great resources, videos and lesson plans and tested along the way using quick quizzes to test your knowledge. When you reach the end of the content, you will be given the opportunity to begin the assessment which will in turn reward you with a badge. You can attempt this as many times as you wish, over the space of days or weeks, to make sure you have a full understanding of the content you are interested in.
But that’s not where it ends. You can also earn badges through tweeting out your achievements and learnings to your community, taking a virtual field trip, connecting with others around the world and so much more. The more you get involved with the Microsoft Educator Community, the more badges you will see in your achievements.
How can I see my development progress?
You can see your development progress in your achievements, which can be accessed through your profile. This will show you how far along you are in each area of the learning paths. You can see the breakdown of each of these below:
#MECWeek Prize Draw
This week we have a number of great Windows tablet devices to give away* to some of you who can show us what you have been up to on the MEC. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is tweet a picture of the badges you’ve earned, including your profile (example below), and including the #MECWeek hashtag.
We will be picking winners at random twice a day, every day until Thursday – so make sure you don’t miss out!
*Please note this competition is open to educators in the UK, aged 18 or over
Follow us on twitter @Microsofteduk