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  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Worldwide Telescope workshop added to the Microsoft Partners in Learning UK Forum 2011

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    We have talked about Worldwide Telescope before, its one of our favourite free applications. But, to do the imagery real justice its needs a large display. So we have teamed up with a company called  Science Dome, who will be presenting Worldwide Telescope in one of their inflatable planetariums as a workshop session at our free forum. This is a great space to show the outstanding and amazing features of Worldwide Telescope.

     

    Don’t miss out, register today – Registration open

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    The 8th Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum is a one-day conference, free of charge to all teachers and educators who wish to attend. The workshops and keynotes this year have a STEM ‘flavour’ and address the theme of ‘Teach more, learn more, inspire more.’

    This year the Forum is being held at the Microsoft Headquarters, Thames Valley Park in Reading on the 24th Nov 2011 – Full Details can be found here

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Innovative Teachers Meet @ Microsoft Partners in Learning UK Forum 23rd Nov.

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    Venue – The Royal Tandoori in Reading 026

    Time - 7:30pm-9:30pm

    Date: 23rd Nov 2011

    Last year’s  informal, free event for Teachers and Educators was a resounding success and the overwhelming feedback was that we should do it again.

    This year’s event will again follow a mix of the usual Unconference or Teachmeet structure. We will have our special guest host @chickensaltash co-hosting along with myself. So why not join us for some great indian street food and a drink.

    We are looking for volunteers to speak in the following:-

    • Mini-Presentations for 10 mins
    • Nano- Presentations 3mins.

    What to discuss and present

    We are looking for cool things you are doing with Microsoft technology and/or examples of work, that illustrate and solve current issues or themes. or are just down right great learning activities. Some of the issues that you might also like to consider for example:-

    • How can you possibly learn through playing games? Project1
    • Is the curriculum meeting the needs of 21st century learners?
    • Is Maths teaching as bad as we are told?

    Through such topics we hope to spark debate, conversation and inspire some great ideas.

    How do I sign up for a presentation?

    That’s easy, just add your name and presentation topic/theme and presentation type (Mini or Nano) as a comment on this Facebook page. If you are looking to attend, click the ‘I am attending button’ 

    Places at this event will be limited so sign up today!

    Internet access can be intermittent at venues so be prepared with an alternative, this just adds to the fun. There is no guarantee you will present as presentations will be selected at random, but we will try and fit in as many in as we can.

    If you are attending our Partners in Learning UK  Forum and staying in Reading, then you are probably already attending, but it wouldn’t hurt to sign up here as well. This is a social event and its good to see who is attending and plan to meet up.

    You can follow twitter hash tag for this event at #itmeet

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    You can still register for the main Forum event Registration now open

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    A climate of change and being brave – Dan Roberts - Festival of Education #3

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    Being Brave
    This is the 3rd Microsoft session from the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College that took place in June. This presentation is by Dan Roberts Deputy Head at saltash.net community school

    In this presentation Dan discusses the school’s ethos and attitude to technology and how they have taken and managed risks.

    He illustrates that by taking risks, controlling the risk of failure and accepting that there will be failures, has a greater impact on learning and learners.

    One of the most productive risks the school took was around the use and adoption of social media by staff and students. Dan will be sharing his thoughts, examples and outcomes in his workshop ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad ‘network’?’  at our Partners in Learning Forum, So if you are interested in finding out to utilise the power of social media in your school and avoid and reduce the risk, then why not sign up for a free place today.

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    Don’t miss out, register today – Registration now open

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum–Additional Workshop–Skype in the Classroom

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    imageWe are pleased to announce that we have been able to add an extra workshop to the the fantastic list of professional development opportunities at this year’s Forum.

    Bringing classrooms together with Skype

    Ever wanted to collaborate with other teachers, classes and experts around the world to help your students learn? Chances are your budget does not extend to a class trip to Florida to discuss weather patterns or a visit to the Maasai in Tanzania. That’s where Skype in the classroom comes in.

    In this interactive workshop, Jacqueline Botterill, head of social good for Skype, will explain and demonstrate how over 17,500 educators from over 170 countries are already using the free online community to connect with each other, find partner classes and share teaching inspiration. Jacqueline will be joined by some of these teachers to provide practical advice on how to get started with Skype in the classroom, what equipment is recommended and the benefits of connecting with other classrooms.

    Our free places for this event are going fast. So book yours today and join us for this great professional development event from Microsoft UK Partners in Learning.

    Don’t miss out, register today – Registration now open

     

    The 8th Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum is a one-day conference, free of charge to all teachers and educators who wish to attend. The workshops and keynotes this year have a STEM ‘flavour’ and address the theme of ‘Teach more, learn more, inspire more.’

    This year the Forum is being held at the Microsoft Headquarters, Thames Valley Park in Reading on the 24th Nov 2011.

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    We have a rich agenda that includes as Keynote speakers, the world renowned Ian Livingstone OBE, Life President of Eidos , Alex Bellos, the author of the popular science book Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Ollie Bray, the National Adviser for Emerging Technologies at Education Scotland

    In addition, delegates will be able to choose from a range of workshops. I would suggest that you sign up as soon as possible as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Using the Kinect SDK/Kodu in the classroom

    imageClassroom Teachers Ray Chambers from Lodge Park Technology College & Nicki Maddams from Hartsdown College, give hands-on practical guidance on how to programme and create games in the classroom

    Everyone is a Maths genius, can computer science/technology prove it?

    Dr Chris Imafidon is one of the “World’s foremost scholars on leveraging informatics for learning and exceptional achievement. This workshop will discuss how computer science/technology exposed the myths of natural Intelligence, genes, gender, IQ, age, background, post-code.

    Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything?

    imageDr Tom Crick, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), looks at the big question: How are we developing and encouraging the next generation of technology innovators in the UK?

    imageBe a Maker: learn to build gadgets with .NET Gadgeteer

    Dr Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche from Microsoft Research.Do you like computer gadgets? Would you like to learn how to build and program gadgets to your own design? Then this workshop is for you!

    Medicines and innovation – the missing link

    imageKandarp Thakkar - STEM Ambassador Programme - This workshop will introduce the STEM programme and give some ‘real-life’ case studies of successful use of this programme in delivering high quality university admissions.

    imageGuerrilla Teaching & Learning

    Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla educator, co-founder of The Geography Collective and creative director of Mission:Explore. Join this workshop to receive initial training in how to be a guerrilla teacher and learner.

    Who’s afraid of the big bad ‘network’

    imageDan Roberts from saltash.net community school, presents light-hearted perspective and interactive & engaging discussion which considers the challenges & issues of schools using social networking, how these can be overcome?

    Also, find out who are the recipients of this year’s Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Teacher Awards.The awards will be presented to Teachers who have submitted projects that illustrate the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Not only will they receive award recognition, but have the chance to be invited to the next Partners in Learning Forum and win a Xbox 360 and Kinect package for their school. These projects will be on display at the event.

    Don’t miss out, register today – Registration now open

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Partners in Learning UK Forum Keynote 2011– Alex Bellos

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    Maths Made Easy–Alex Bellos

    I first encountered Alex Bellos on BBC Breakfast TV , talking about about his book, Alex's Adventures in Numberland,( which I subsequently went out and bought!) He described his passion and interest in Mathematics.  It reminded me that the subject of Maths has some amazing concepts , ideas and activities, that can engage and inspire students and teachers alike. So why is it so many are turned off maths?, when there is all this great material to create fantastic learning opportunities.

    Alex will be sharing his passion for Mathematics in a keynote at our Microsoft Partners in Learning UK Forum. Click the link at the end of this post to find out more details and register for your free place. Like me, I am sure you will begin to look at maths in a completely different way.

    clip_image002[7]Alex Bellos is the author of the popular science book Alex's Adventures in Numberland, which was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and for Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Galaxy National Book Awards 2010. It is a bestseller on three continents and translation rights have been sold to 20 territories. Bellos graduated from Oxford in Mathematics and Philosophy and worked for many years at the Guardian, where he ended up as its South America correspondent. He is also the author of Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life and he ghost-wrote Pelé's autobiography.

    Also, find out who are the recipients of this year’s Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Teacher Awards.The awards will be presented to Teachers who have submitted projects that illustrate the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Not only will they receive award recognition, but have the chance to be invited to the next Partners in Learning Forum and win a Xbox 360 and Kinect package for their school. These projects will be on display at the event.

    Don’t miss out, register today – Registration now open

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Partners in Learning UK Forum Keynote 2011–Ian Livingstone OBE

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    I_Livingstone2BBC Newsnight  last night broadcast an interview with Ian Livingstone, discussing the current of state of computer science education in the UK. You can watch the interview on the BBC iplayer.

    Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK’s interactive entertainment industry, and will be continuing this discussion in his keynote at our Partners in Learning UK Forum. So come and join that discussion by registering for this free to attend event.

    In 1975 he co-founded Games Workshop and launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe. He soldimage his remaining interest in Games Workshop in 1991. At Games Workshop he published White Dwarf in 1977, the UK’s first interactive games magazine and was its editor for 5 years.

    In 1982 he co-wrote The Warlock of Firetop Mountain with Steve Jackson, the first in the Fighting Fantasy series of interactive gamebooks with sales in excess of 16 million copies in 25 languages. He wrote more than 20 books in the series including Deathtrap Dungeon.

    In 1984 he invested in Domark, one of the first UK computer games publishers, designing the company’s first game Eureka. He joined the board in 1992 and helped merge the company with Eidos Technologies. Following a full listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1995, he served as Executive Chairman of Eidos plc from 1995 until 2002, and subsequently as Creative Director. At Eidos he helped to secure many of the company's major franchises including Lara Croft:Tomb Raider and Hitman.

    In 2011 in collaboration with NESTA he co-authored Next Gen: Transforming the UK into the world’s leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industries. You can read that report here.

    He is Life President, Eidos, a Non-Executive Director of SocialGO plc, Non-Executive Director of UKIE, Chair of Skillset’s Computer Games Skills Council, Vice Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, Member of the Creative Industries Council, Trustee of GamesAid and an advisor to the British Council.

    He has been awarded an OBE, a BAFTA Special Award, a British Inspiration Award, the Develop Legend Award, and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Abertay University for his contribution to the UK computer and video games industry.

    Along with this keynote, find out who are the recipients of this year’s Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Teacher Awards.The awards will be presented to Teachers who have submitted projects that illustrate the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Not only will they receive award recognition, but have the chance to be invited to the next Partners in Learning Forum and win a Xbox 360 and Kinect package for their school. These projects will be on display at the event.

    Don’t miss out, register today – Registration now open

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum–Workshops

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    The 8th Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum is a one-day conference, free of charge to all teachers and educators who wish to attend. The workshops and keynotes this year have a STEM ‘flavour’ and address the theme of ‘Teach more, learn more, inspire more.’

    This year the Forum is being held at the Microsoft Headquarters, Thames Valley Park in Reading on the 24th Nov 2011.

    image We have a rich agenda that includes as Keynote speakers, the world renowned Ian Livingstone OBE, Life President of Eidos , Alex Bellos, the author of the popular science book Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Ollie Bray, the National Adviser for Emerging Technologies at Education Scotland

    In addition, delegates will be able to choose from a range of  workshops. I would suggest that you sign up as soon as possible as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

     

    Using the Kinect SDK/Kodu in the classroom

     

    imageClassroom Teachers Ray Chambers from Lodge Park Technology College & Nicki Maddams from Hartsdown College, give hands-on  practical guidance on how to programme and create games in the classroom

    Everyone is a Maths genius, can computer science/technology prove it?

    Dr Chris Imafidon is one of the “World’s foremost scholars on leveraging informatics for learning and exceptional achievement. This workshop will discuss how computer science/technology exposed the myths of  natural Intelligence, genes, gender, IQ, age, background, post-code.

    Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything?

    imageDr Tom Crick, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), looks at the big question:  How are we developing and encouraging the next generation of technology innovators in the UK?

    imageBe a Maker: learn to build gadgets with .NET Gadgeteer

    Dr Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche from Microsoft Research.Do you like computer gadgets? Would you like to learn how to build and program gadgets to your own design? Then this workshop is for you!

    Medicines and innovation – the missing link

    imageKandarp Thakkar - STEM Ambassador Programme - This workshop will introduce the STEM programme and give some ‘real-life’ case studies of successful use of this programme in delivering high quality university admissions.

    imageGuerrilla Teaching & Learning

    Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla educator, co-founder of The Geography Collective and creative director of Mission:Explore. Join this workshop to receive initial training in how to be a guerrilla teacher and learner.

    Who’s afraid of the big bad ‘network’

    imageDan Roberts from saltash.net community school, presents  light-hearted perspective and interactive & engaging discussion which considers the challenges & issues of schools using social networking, how these can be overcome?

    Also, find out who are the recipients of this year’s Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Teacher Awards.The awards will be presented to Teachers who have submitted projects that illustrate the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Not only will they receive award recognition, but have the chance to be invited to the next Partners in Learning Forum and win a Xbox 360 and Kinect package for their school. These projects will be on display at the event.

    Don’t miss out, register today – Registration now open

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