MEC Monday: 21st Century Learning Design

tablets in the classroom
tablets in the classroom

There are many different ways for educators to undertake their own CPD on the Microsoft Educator Community, depending on how much time they have available, what skills they already have, and what technologies they are already familiar with. With half-term now upon us, many educators might have a little more time free to dedicate to furthering their own development, so we thought we would explore one of the slightly longer courses available on the MEC.


How the restructured Educator Community better supports educators

We’re pleased to share the news of updates to the Microsoft Educator Community, based on feedback from you – the users! The site itself has undergone a significant makeover, with a new layout and structure designed to better support educators around the world. Packed full of fantastic teacher resources such as lesson plans, CPD course, quick tip videos, badges, discussions and the hugely popular Skype in the Classroom virtual fieldtrips, the Microsoft Educator Community is everything a teacher needs to develop, all in one place.


Microsoft Supports the iDEA Programme in Partnership with the Duke of York

Getting young people into the digital industry and entrepreneurship Microsoft Ventures in the UK recently announced a new partnership with the Nominet Trust and the Duke of York to help support the iDEA Programme, which aims to support more than one million young people to pursue their own ideas, develop their digital skills and get to…


Fast forward learning with TimeLapse on Windows 8

Charlotte Coade from Simon De Senlis Primary school, Northampton, is the third Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) this week to share her teaching and learning story with us on the schools blog. Charlotte works very closely with the Digital Leaders  Team at her school and together they have recently set up a blog to explore…


Bring the National Zoo to your classroom with Windows 8

We are pleased to introduce our next Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) Charlotte Beckhurst from Hartsbrook E-ACT Free School in Tottenham. Hartsbrook E-ACT were the first primary school in the UK to be using Windows 8 in the classroom. Charlotte has put together a series of blog posts that demonstrate how she has used Win8Apps…


Students use Windows 8 Apps to plan their next World Challenge Expedition

Meet Mark Gilbert, a secondary school teacher from Alec Hunter Humanities College. Mark is one of our Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators (MIEE) and is doing some great stuff on how to integrate Windows 8 effectively in the classroom. You will be hearing a lot from our MIEE’s who will be sharing their teaching and learning…


MIEE Top Free Windows 8 Apps for: 21st Century Learning

With the ever growing recognition to develop 21st century learning with the integration of technology in the classroom; we thought you might find it useful to know which Win8Apps will aid accessibility, productivity and collaboration experiences for your learners. Take a look at some of the apps our Microsoft (Innovative) Expert Educators have identified. Accessibility…


MIEE Top Free Windows 8 Apps for: Early and Primary School Learning

We have been really fortunate to have within the Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) group some fantastic early learning and primary school teachers. They have spent some time exploring the windows 8 store and consequently have found some great free apps that can be used for a child’s early learning and development stage. Over the…


Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator launch at TVP

Recently we hosted the very first Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator event at TVP. The event was centred on the new professional development badges Microsoft are offering teachers for their innovative use of technology in the classroom. Meet the MIEE’s: Highlights from the event:   Jane Hamilton Fox Covert RC Primary School     Jon Loveridge…