My colleagues, Kristen Weatherby and Stuart Ball, run our UK Partners in Learning programme – a partnership between Microsoft and the education departments in England, Wales and Scotland. Similar programmes run in 110 countries, with their governments, so it is truly a global activity. It’s all about supporting teachers to use ICT in their teaching – which is perhaps now the single biggest gap in the development of ICT in schools in the UK.
Each year, there is a worldwide competition to find teachers who are shining examples of best practice, who have to win a national competition, followed by a regional competition, to get into the world final.
This year, 4 UK winners went through to the European competition, held in Berlin just before Easter. And two of them won awards at European level.
- Simon Horleston from Howe Dell Primary School in Hatfield, his project, Eco-Vids, explores pupils ideas about global and local environmental issues, through video and stop motion animation.
- Jan Webb from Weston Village Primary School in Crewe, her project, ‘A classroom without walls’, allows pupils to work collaboratively across international borders, sharing ideas about healthy living with pupils in Singapore and Brunei.
For a really good overview of the winners, read Jack Kenny’s article about the winners and how they developed their projects.
They now get to present their projects at the Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum being held in South Africa later this year (and we’ll continue to have our fingers crossed for a UK worldwide winner again, like last year!)
If you want to know how a teacher in your school can get involved with the Partners in Learning network, and enter the competition next year, then send them over to Kristen and Stuart’s Teachers blog