imageAfter the great success of the last 2 Summer Camps and the Easter Camp held earlier this year, we will be running another Summer Camp this year – this is an open invitation to all of you reading this blog to apply. So if you have time this summer, perhaps your plans for other events and holidays have not materialised and you still want to spend time with other innovative educators, then this is an ideal event for you.

Summer Camp takes place at Microsoft UK Headquarters in Reading, starting 10:00am on Tuesday 24th August and finishing 4:00pm Wednesday 25th August. You need to find your own way there - the train is best and there is a free bus from the station. We have sorted a hotel and an evening meal for you.

What will I be doing at Summer Camp?

We will give you training in using our free software to create teaching and learning resources for the classroom. You will have time to design, create and evaluate those resources and collaborate with others. You will also get the chance to speak to experts at Microsoft about our technology. This year we have a theme – VISUAL CREATIVITY – and we will be preparing sequences of lessons that release students’ (and teachers’!) creativity, whichever subject area they are studying. Watch out for budding film-makers!

You will join a select group of educators as part of the Partners in Learning Network that have opportunities to contribute to the work Microsoft Partners in Learning are undertaking in education in the UK and will provide some of the experience needed for applying to a *NEW* special programme we will be announcing later this summer.

How do I apply?

We don’t want videos or lengthy biographies from you, to apply, just email three tweet-esque type statements (140 characters or less) to innovteach2@live.co.uk before the closing date 12:00pm 8th July 2011. These statements should be ideas of how you would, or are using Microsoft technologies to support learning across the curriculum. For example:-

  • using conditional formatting in Excel to help visual learners in numeracy
  • using PowerPoint to create animated flicker books
  • using the Songsmith to create mobile ringtones

Also include details of your school, subject expertise and pupil age range in your application. We will select 15 applicants with the most intriguing and innovative ideas, who will be notified on 15th July 2011.

I am not an ICT teacher is it worth me applying?

Yes, most definitely, we are looking for classroom innovators in learning, rather than techie whizz kids. This event is targeted at those Teachers in the UK interested in teaching and learning, and how technology can support that, rather than the technology itself. This event is for teachers in the UK in Primary, Secondary and Special school settings.

What will I need to bring?

We expect you to bring some of the tools you are using already:

  • a digital camera or a device that enables you to take digital image
  • a laptop running Windows Vista or Windows 7, with the following free downloads functioning fully:

Movie Maker 2.6Autocollage, World Wide TelescopeWindows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Movie Maker and any associated software such as Silverlight and .net framework installed.

What will I be expected to do?

  • To create a teaching resource
  • To share what you have learnt when you go back to school

You will need to be able to upload images from your camera onto your computer so that you can learn to how to manipulate them in a number of ways!

You will receive a certificate welcoming you as a Partners in Learning Teacher and more ideas about how to enhance pupil through the use of technology.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications. If you have any questions post a comment or contact us via email at innovteach2@live.co.uk .

Get applying and Good Luck.