One of the best events Kristen and Stuart (who are the Microsoft UK Partners in Learning team) ran last year was the Summer Camp, where teachers created resources for teachers, the results of which can be found here. Due to popular demand we are running the event again this year, and we are making it an open invite to teachers in your school. So if they have time this summer, perhaps plans for other events and holidays have not materialised and they still want to spend time with other innovative educators, then this is an ideal event for them.
Summer Camp takes place at Microsoft UK Headquarters in Reading, starting 10:30am on Monday 16th August and finishing 5:00pm Tuesday 17th August. You need to find your own way there, the train is best, with a free bus from the station. We have sorted a hotel and an evening meal.
What will I be doing at Summer Camp?
We will give you training in using our free software to create teaching and learning resources for the classroom. There will be plenty of time to design, create and evaluate those resources and collaborate with others. Attendees will also get the chance to speak to experts at Microsoft about our technology. These resources will take the form of screen capture videos, which we call Innovids. Each teachers will also receive a headset with microphone (which will be used to create the videos) and a certificate awarding them “Microsoft Innovative Teacher” status. They will also join a select group of teachers as part of the Partners in Learning Network that have opportunities to contribute to the work Microsoft Partners in Learning are undertaking in education in the UK.
How do I apply?
We don’t want videos or lengthy biographies from anybody to apply, just email three tweetesque type statements to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date 12:00pm 12th July 2010. These statements should be ideas of how they would, or are using Microsoft technologies to support learning across the curriculum. For example:-
- using conditional formatting in Excel to help visual learners in numeracy
- using PointPoint to create animated flicker books
- using the Songsmith to create mobile ringtones
Also include details of your school, subject expertise and pupil age range in the application. We will select 15 applicants with the most intriguing and innovative ideas, who will be notified on 13th July 2010.
I am not an ICT teacher is it worth me applying?
Yes, most definitely, we are looking for classroom innovators in learning, rather than techie whizz kids. This event is targeted at those Teachers in the UK interested in teaching and learning, and how technology can support that, rather than the technology itself. This event is for teachers in the UK in Primary, Secondary and Special school settings.
What will be expected of me afterwards?
We expect you commit to creating at least two Innovid resources, with an option of creating up to three more. For every resource that we publish and use, we will compensate each teacher for their time and professional input.
We are looking forward to receiving applications. If you have any questions post a comment or contact us via email at email@example.com
Get applying and Good Luck.