Last month Microsoft Education UK announced its partnership with London Grid For Learning on the Cloud Champions programme, a new game changing programme for innovative education institutions in London focused on leadership and pushing the boundaries of technology and learning. As part of this we are offering free drop-in sessions at our Microsoft Training Academy in Paddington. These weekly open-house events are led by our specialist Microsoft Trainers, and provide educators with the opportunity to see first-hand how Microsoft technologies can enhance teaching and learning. Expect to gain practical hands-on experience using key elements of Office 365 and Windows 10 on the latest devices suitable for education.
We have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. In our previous posts, we assessed how the teaching and learning process can be enhanced. There was insight into more engaging forms of assessment through the audio feedback feature of OneNote, as well as the potential for using Sway as a medium for presentations. Collaboration is always a central topic in our Showcase Classroom and this last month has been no exception!
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is more than a buzz word- it is a paradigm shift in education. STEM places the student at the centre of learning- enabling them to question, interact and build the world they see as well as the world they want to see. With so many options, it can be difficult knowing where to start or what’s new.
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.
Over the coming weeks and months we will be featuring more and more stories, experiences, ideas, lesson plans and short anecdotal offerings from our current cohort of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors. Today we’re pleased to share a few words and a Sway from #MIEExpert Alex Handy, in which he gives some insight into how he is helping his peers to undertake further teacher CPD, which in turn is empowering them to use the tools found within Office 365 more effectively in the classroom.
The Teaching with Technology (TwT) curriculum is designed to help educators understand how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can enhance the teaching and learning experience and enable students to acquire 21st century skills. Among many benefits, Teaching with Technology is free, aligned with the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.
Every Monday we’ll take a look at an example of the content that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community. Anyone familiar with the MEC will be aware of the broad range of lesson plans, quick tip videos, teacher CPD courses and discussion topics available, so this series of blogs will offer something for everyone, regardless of how prominent a role technology plays in your classroom, and indeed how much time you are able to spend on development. Kicking things off is one of the courses that offers participants the opportunity to learn more about a particular technology, while earning points towards a MEC badge in the process.
In less than two weeks thousands of members of the global educator community will be coming together once again for our #HackTheClassroom online event. As well as having the opportunity to hear and share ideas, virtual attendees will get to take part in a number of activities and sessions during the two hours. Many members of the #MIEExpert programme and members of the Microsoft team will shape the agenda, as well as thought leaders from the industry. The theme for the event is “Small steps to big impact: Teaching in the 21st Century Classroom”, and further details on some of the topics covered in the agenda can be found in this post.
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.
On June 23rd-24th, Microsoft will be taking up residence at Wellington College (a Microsoft Showcase School) as the headline sponsor for The Telegraph Festival of Education. Featuring a line-up of headline speakers including the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Piers Morgan and Sir Clive Woodward, The Telegraph Festival of Education brings together the very best…