A new name, a whole new sleek look and a whole new direction. We're talking about the launch of our new Partners in Learning Network. Like all new things it will take a little getting used to. Think of it as like getting a new pair of shoes: they need breaking in and you may get a blister or two, but it is worth it, because they look so good. (I can’t believe I am talking about shoes - I am spending too much time in Kristen’s company).

This is a whole new experience for me as well. I have been using the previous Innovative Teachers site for 5 years, so it is going to take a little learning on my part to get used to the new setup and be able to maximise the great new features. So, I will be blogging my experiences, which I hope will help your experience of the new site. For me, it's a case of teaching an ‘old dog, new tricks’, I think.

The first thing you need to be aware of is the name change. We are now the Partners in Learning Network. You will need to update your Favourites and change any links you have on your blogs or website.

This is totally new space and you will need to go through a verification process so that the new site will pull in all your information from the the old site. You only have to do this once.

When you visit the new Welcome page , click the Sign In button. image

A number will things will happen. Firstly, you will be taken to the Windows Live site. Here you will need to use your Windows Live ID to sign. If you don’t have one you will need to sign up for one.

Next, when you sign in with your Live ID, you will see the following screen .

Use this side if you are completely NEW to the network and were NOT a member previously. PILN login Use this side if you were a member of the Innovative Teachers Network previously.

You MUST use the original email address that you used to join the Innovative Teachers Network

 

 

Once you have completed the relevant side of this form, you will be sent an email that will contain a hyperlink. This link will take you into the site. Many email filters are being a bit over zealous and sending this mail to your Junk email folder. So check that just in case you don't see the email in your inbox.

This will be the only time you have to go through this process and I realise it is perhaps a bit long winded, but it is essential to ensure that your data, your profile and communities move across from the old to the new site.

If you are experiencing any issues or have questions about the new site then please contact me at v-sball@microsoft.com We'd also love to hear what you are liking about the new site.

Stay tuned for the next post about the new Partners in Learning Network.