Some meetings seem to go on forever and then there’s even meetings about meetings! But have you ever stopped to think about the effectiveness of your meetings and if you’re getting the very best out of your staff in them? You only have to look around your next senior leadership or middle leaders meeting and count up the amount of bodies to do a rough estimate of how much money is being spent on wages for that specific meeting.
Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! These webinars are designed by teachers wanting to tell stories about how different technologies and techniques can be applied, as well as sharing best practises for personal development. This blog contains a list of what we have coming up, as well as the past webinars which are available on demand right now.
In education, the importance of high quality feedback goes without saying. Relevant feedback that can be easily understood will naturally aid improvements in academic performance. Many of our Showcase Classroom attendees have expressed that students have a somewhat blinkered view, focusing just on the grades they achieved, rather than the reason for their scores.
Phew…! Still with us?! Another action-packed day at BETT 2017 draws to a close, and as attendees and exhibitors start to make their ways home, there is much to reflect on and ponder. Yesterday our BETT 2017 Day One recap looked at some of the talks and sessions happening further afield across the BETT exhibition floor, so for this evening’s edition we’ll focus on some of the Learn Live Theatre sessions being delivered by educators and school leaders on the Microsoft stand and some of the activity from the Microsoft Partner Campus.
SalamanderSoft has a long history of integrating key IT systems with school data in highly flexible ways, and we are continuing this approach within Office 365, allowing the automation of these new features in Office 365. Their aim is that everyone can access the resources they need as soon as they need to start learning or teaching, whether that’s Microsoft Outlook, OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft SharePoint, or simply logging on to their devices.
The Microsoft Partner Campus is an outward expression of the strong practical and creative two-way bond which exists between Microsoft and their partners, who are regarded as contributors to development as well as the ‘sharp end’ deliverers of solutions. This year we have 21 partners, offering a very convenient hub within which visitors can explore a range of digital solutions to common school-based problems.
Our OneNote journey at St Mungo’s RC High School in Scotland started in early 2015 when a few “early adopter” teachers started using the OneNote Class Notebook app when it became available on the waffle menu through our Glow (Scottish schools intranet) sign-in. Word soon spread about what a fantastic tool we had available to us…
As part of Microsoft’s aim to empower every student on the planet to achieve more, there are a number of tools and functions available across Windows 10 and Surface devices to help both teachers and students in classes with SEND. The following infographic shows some of the resources available, and which areas of SEND they can assist.
As well as the obvious treats of the season, December brings with it more MIEExpert webinars!
So regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, all are welcome and encouraged to register for any and all of the sessions below. Don’t worry if you can’t make it on the day – these will all be recorded and available after the live session, so sign up anyway to be emailed details of the content at a later date.
For a large chunk of my teaching career, I worked with children who were labelled as having ‘special needs’, mainly in mainstream schools, but also briefly in a special school for children with profound learning difficulties. I learned so much from this work. I could see, for example, that it may make some sense, in practical organisational terms, to categorise children under catch-all headings such as ‘less able’, ‘learning difficulties’ — there’s a long list.