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Hot Topics Contributor badge Need a place to express your views and opinions on the latest issues in education? Look no further and become a Hot Topics contributor, facilitator and thought leader whose main aim is to stir thinking and conversation on current trends in education on the Partners in Learning Network. Each Hot Topic is led by a Topic Leader whose insights and experiences provide enriching contributions to the thoughtful blogs posted in the online community.

To gain this badge you need to:

  • Sign up to www.pil-network.com for free (online Microsoft teacher community).
  • Share your experience in one of the Hot Topics subjects by writing blog posts.
  • Facilitate and participate in the discussions for your topic blog posts.
  • Use #Msftpil to share your Hot Topic thoughts on twitter.

Check out some of the Hot Topics / Leaders to select from below:

image Hot Topic: Project Based Learning
Hot Topic Leader:
Larry Rosenstock

Larry Rosenstock is the founder and CEO of High Tech High, a public charter school that redefines the meaning of quality education. There are no bells, there are no security guards, but there is a methodology that includes project based learning, internships, and an education that prepares students for the workplace.

image Hot Topic: Personalised Learning 
Hot Topic Leader: Dan Buckley

Student centred personalisation is at the core of Dan’s philosophy for education. He has gained international recognition for his work in the field of school transformation, envisioning and assessment which is founded in student centred personalisation. He has provided keynotes and workshops in over 30 countries on large scale change management.

image Hot Topic: Student Voice 
Hot Topic Leader:
Michael Furdyk

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (www.tigweb.org), which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com in 1999.

image Hot Topic: Games Based Learning 
Hot Topic Leader:
Donald Brinkman

Donal Brinkman manage games for learning and digital humanities programs for Microsoft Research. Projects include Just Press Play (play.rit.edu), Reality Ends Here (reality.usc.edu), ChronoZoom (chronozoomproject.org) and Open Badges (openbadges.org).

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